Vijay came from a poor family, but he and his brother, Pradeep, loved to watch TV in other people's houses, especially the Indian sport of Kabbadi. (Kabbadi is a combination of team wrestling and tag.) Once, when Vijay and Pradeep had foolishly snuck away to watch a Kabbadi match, they got snatched by a human trafficker and were taken to a rock quarry. They were told to work, and threatened with death, if they tried to escape.
Work in the quarry was unbearable. Supervisors molested all the children, including Vijay. Pradeep and Vijay planned to escape even though they risked dying in the attempt. Then one day, a team of pastors came to the mine to rescue everyone who was working there against their will or without pay, this included 70 children. Most of the children were reunited with their parents, but Vijay and Pradeep parents had moved. So the pastors brought them to live at The Sylom Children's Home.
The boys started school again, and Vijay's teachers remarked that he has a very high intelligence and should be given chances to use his brain. Vijay wants to become a teacher, and he still loves playing and watching Kabbadi when he gets a chance.
When you sponsor Vijay, you take care of his needs for food and education. You'll get updates from time to time about how you've made a difference and learn about the significant things happening in his life.
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*The name used is a pseudonym to protect this child’s identity.