Handed a raw deal, two sisters found a place of acceptance, caring, and love. That place is the Mission. Because of concerned people in India, here in the U.S., and in other western countries, these two sisters were given the opportunity for empowerment that they would otherwise not have had due to poverty. This is a glimpse into their story. It is with gratitude to concerned individuals that we are able to tell you about them.
Sarama* is almost twenty now and her sister Uma* is three years older. Their father died in an accident almost 15 years ago. Their mother abandoned them, and one of their relatives stepped in to try to take care of the girls. The “aunty” was not financially able to support the girls, or give them an education, so she brought them to the Mission five or six years ago. Sarama and her sister are able to visit their aunty in a nearby city occasionally.
When Sarama arrived at the Mission there was confusion over her actual age with Sarama thinking she was one age while the records listed a different birthdate. This confusion is not unusual with children who are abandoned by parents mired in poverty. She was a bright student and well liked by her peers and has done very well through her education at the Mission schools. Sarama became a vital member of the Rose Flower Family.
Sarama’s older sister, Uma was placed in the Honeysuckle Flower Family. She also loved school and took well to reading. Being soft-spoken and studious she scored high on her exams each year. The girls were enrolled in a Catholic school in a large city before coming to the Mission, so both were already familiar with Christianity.