Meet Ashmita and Ashika, House with a Heart’s newest family members. They are 3 1/2 and 2 years old and come to us from a distant village and as is the case with all of our children, they come to us with a heart-wrenching story.
Last month, their mother, Sita–a destitute mother of three–came to our home and begged me to take these two into my care. She told me she was too poor to feed them and that she would never be able to educate them. Her husband, who was severely burned eight years ago, is unable to work and the family barely survives, living in a converted cow shed.
There is an older sister, aged six, who will stay with her parents but these two little ones will live with us at House with a Heart. With us, they will receive the education their mother so desperately wants for them. And with education, they will have the opportunity to grow up to become self-sufficient women who can then help take care of their less fortunate family members.
On their first day here, Ashmita and Ashika were happy enough and distracted by their new surroundings and their new brothers and sisters. But then came the night and as we put them to sleep, they cried for their mother. I must admit, hearing their cries was heartbreaking. Let’s hope for their sake they settle in soon.
THE LITTLEST GIRL
Michael Moore and his son Mick, owners of Vanderbilt Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, donated badly-needed laptop computers to the House. Here, the children are happy to be able to stay in contact with me by Skpe while I am in New York. Thank you!