Help children like Ritika this Christmas
This Christmas, we are sharing Ritika’s story, a little girl cared for by her sister
since their parents died two years ago.
Ritika lives in the beautiful Darjeeling hills of West Bengal. But the stunning landscape hides a dark reality. Here, on the borders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet, human traffickers ply their unscrupulous trade.
Tea-growing is a key part of the local economy. But when the crop fails – when a tea garden becomes ‘sick’ – there’s little money to pay the workers. That’s when the traffickers move in.
Add to this the terrible impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and, as always, it is the poorest and most marginalised people who are hit hardest. For children like Ritika, lockdown has meant months out of school. With no online learning, many children will drop out of education altogether.
But there’s hope, thanks to the compassion of people like you.
Ritika is enrolled in an informal education class with our partner, the Human Life and Development Research Centre (HLDRC). She’s learning English, Hindi, maths and science – and especially loves to study the environment.
Ritika receives hot, nutritious food every day. She works hard at her studies because, she says, ‘the teachers really care’. She hopes to get a good job with a regular income, so she’s protected from the traffickers. Today, Ritika has a future filled with possibility and dignity.
This is the difference you can make in someone’s life when you support Jesuit Missions this Christmas:
Your kindness will ensure poor and marginalised people have the skills and resources to build lives of dignity, all over the world. You’ll put compassion into action, wherever the need is greatest. What an incredible gift to give this Christmas.