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Bangladeshi girl in front of her hut
Children Tell Their Story—How your donation changes lives

Not hoped in vain
two girls from NepalIt's the same in many cities of the world: Almost daily hundreds of families move there in search of something—employment, success, a better life, the fulfillment of their dreams. Some find what they seek. Others wait for a positive change, desperately, while generations pass. Too many of them hope in vain. Continue...

Monica's Story
girl in front of hut“My name is Monica and I'm seven years old. I live with my grandma. My mother died when I was a little baby. So my father brought me to grandma. Then he went away and never returned. Nobody knows where he lives.” Continue...

How many kids are too many?
Nepalese childrenThree kids in one family—that's clearly too many. Or not? That depends. If, like twelve-year-old Sonu, you live in Eastern Nepal at the edge of a small town marketplace in a rickety shack, your father is a rickshaw driver and earns only just enough to feed his family, then three kids are too many. Continue...

The Kingdom of God is near
old factory buildingThere may not be very many nine-year-old boys who are concerned about fashion, but if there are, Endreci is not one of them. When we first met him, he was wearing old adult tennis shoes, teenage jeans and a large pink coat. He wasn't trying to look fashionable. He was just trying to survive. Continue...

Puwaneswary is not alone
Sri Lankan school girlPuwaneswary is 10 years old. She has lost both parents and lives with her grandfather. One night in February he was annoyed with his granddaughter who is only a problem to him. So he took a bottle of kerosene oil, poured it over the sleeping girl and set fire to her. Continue...

Beyond the "Highway of Death"
two Albanian childrenIn an area of Kamez, a suburb of Tirana, the mothers were very worried. There was no kindergarten. The next lay several miles away, beyond "Death Highway". Only a short while ago a child was killed there in a road accident. After that, the mothers were even more afraid. But not anymore! Continue...

Small event, great effect
African CDC children eating“One of our boys, 8 years old, is from a troubled home. With his mother he had to move several times, until she finally left him to stay with his aunt who owns and lives in a tavern. On weekends it is full of people getting drunk and having parties.” Continue...

A mother is amazed
Nepali boySanish and Sandesh are brothers. They live in Eastern Nepal and attend a child development centre there. Sanish studies in grade one and his brother in grade three. Since they've started attending the CDC, their mother hasn't stopped being amazed. Continue...

Shilpy's new hope
Bangladeshi girl in front of her hutFive years ago Shilpy's father died. Her mother worked hard to feed the children, but soon the boys had to go to work as well, even though they hardly earned any money because of their age. In a cyclone their little hut was swept away. Continue...

“If my daughter studies too much then who will want to marry her?”
Indian girlGori-bai is a girl. She is 10 years old. In her culture that means: no more school, time to get married. Gori-bai is still a child, but her family expects her to take on the responsibility of an adult. That's normal for children in her social class: Continue...

“I'm not sad anymore”
children in a CDC in Sri LankaThasarathan is nine years old. He used to be sad all the time. He didn't go to school, wouldn't talk to anybody, wanted to be left alone and appeared sick and weak, even though his health was fine. Continue...

Sagor learns to trust
Bangladeshi boySagor's parents died when he was still very young. Now he lives with his grandparents, together with his brother and two sisters. Most of the time he was depressed and full of sadness. He couldn't concentrate on anything. He didn't go to school. Continue...