Aveni lost her mother suddenly to an undiagnosed liver problem. Her father took the loss very hard, and his deep depression after he lost Aveni's mother prevented him from keeping steady work. Aveni and her older sister were taken care of by their grandmother for a while, but she struggled to keep them from starvation so she dropped them off at the rock quarry where she hoped that they would survive.
Life in the quarries is horrible for anyone, but for little girls, it is torture. The heat of summer scorched the rocks that they walked on with bare feet. They suffered beatings from supervisors when they made mistakes, and they continued to be hungry. Eventually, they were rescued with 52 other children by a team of pastors and local anti-traffickers. They received nutritious food and medical care, and in time, they were brought to live with other children at The Sylom Children's Home.
Aveni heard for the first time that God loved her and wanted to give her a new life. She really enjoys learning to read especially the Bible. She always smiles like she is in this picture, because she has experienced a total life change.
When you sponsor Aveni, you take care of her 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 her life.
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*The name used is a pseudonym to protect this child’s identity.