Mariya is a young girl in our orphanage. She is about 8 years old, and has been in our orphanage for over 4 years. Her grandmother brought her to the orphanage, because she could not take care of her any more.
Here is Mariya’s Story
Mariya’s mother and father died when she was a baby. Most probably due to AIDS, A disease which has taken over the country of India. Her grandmother started taking care of her right away. Unfortunately her grandmother was living below the poverty, and taking care of Mariya, became too much to cope with. Mariya told me a story the other night, and tears filled both of our eyes. Tears filled her eyes, because she lived through such a horrific life, and tears filled my eyes, because I just couldn’t imagine what she has already been through at such a young age. So I felt the need to share this story, from the heart of a young 8-year-old.
Mariya said when she was very young, she remembers not being able to eat every day. Yes she was very young, but some memories imprint in your life no matter how old you are. And not being able to eat was a feeling, and memory that Mariya will never forget. She said that her grandmother was so poor, and could not provide for herself, let alone for Mariya. Mariya said that her grandmother told her that one night she got so desperate, andcould not take the stress, and sadness of not being able to feed her grand-daughter. She felt helpless, and got very desperate, and felt like she had no other options, except a fatal one. So she took poison, and put it in Mariya’s milk, and her food. In mariya’s grandmothers mind it was the only way that she could escape the reality that she was not able to provide, and be a good grandmother. But fate has a funny way of working out, and the poison did not work. Mariya’s grandmother woke up the next morning, alive, and beside her was her perfectly fine grandaughter. In mariya’s words she quoted- “God was not ready to take me yet”. Through word of mouth, Mariya’s grandmother heard of the “Elim Hope Home” orphanage, that ANCER has. She knew this was her only hope for her granddaughter. So she brought mariya to the orphanage, and begged the orphanage to take care of her granddaughter. We did, and since that day Mariya has never gone a day without food, or love.
Mariya is such a happy child, and even with all the sadness she has had to live through, she alway has a smile on her face. She is a typical little girl, and loves dressing up, wearing makeup, and doing her hair. She is very smart, and is one of the top students in her class. While the other orphans speak in telugu(mother tongue of Andhra Pradesh) she tried her best to speak in english. When she grows up, she wants to be a teacher, and be able to have a family.
She told me one night, how thankful she is for being in the orphanage. Being able to have 3 meals a day, and 2 snacks. To be able to sleep with other children around her, to have good clothes to wear, shower every day, a good school to go to, and good friends. She said – “What more could I want big sister”? With those few words, she made sense of why we at ANCER do what we do.
This is the difference we at ANCER aim to do ALL OVER THE WORLD. Change the lives of the helpless, and young children of this world. There are many reasons children are becoming orphans; parents are dying of AIDS, or other diseases, being abandoned by their own parents, natural disasters, or running away, these are just a few of the reasons why the amount of orphans in the world are multiplying. We want to help each child that needs help, and not turn them away. And we need your help, and your support. Like us On facebook- http://www.facebook.com/WorldANCER , tell your friends about us, tell organizations about the work we are doing.
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It may be hard for you to understand the need while you are sitting in your comfy house, on your new laptop, and have everything you need. But once you leave your comfort zone, and see the REAL world, you will realize there are more humans who are in lack, than who have. The world is a sad place, once you go beyond the land of freedom, and abundance. Please reach out to the one’s in need, and better humanity. Make a difference, and help us, by Supporting ANCER.
ANCER’S Administrative Assistant.
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.
We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” ~ Mother Teresa.