Spared from Child Labor
Growing up in a poor family in Northeast India, Kimlon had few prospects. His father was addicted to alcohol and too irresponsible to save any money for his children’s schooling. In fact, Kimlon’s sister never got the chance to study. And this was not uncommon. Many of Kimlon’s friends had to drop out of school early to support their families. Although he was only eight years old, Kimlon’s future seemed full of unskilled labor and struggle.
But all this changed when Bridge of Hope opened a project center nearby. Kimlon’s mother quickly enrolled him, excited at the unexpected opportunity for education and care. The daily encouragement and help Kimlon received from Bridge of Hope pushed him ahead in his studies. This—along with nutritious food, a healthy environment and medical care—helped him to thrive as the years passed.
“I am going to study hard because I want to be a different person,” says Kimlon, now 14 years old. “When I grow up, I want to be a computer engineer.” And, scoring consistently well in his exams, he has the potential to achieve this goal.
“I am so thankful to Bridge of Hope, because it is through Bridge of Hope I am able to continue my studies.”
Circumstance no longer controls Kimlon’s future. Bridge of Hope has given him the chance to escape poverty and pursue his dreams.