Amit’s family moved to New Delhi from a rural, impoverished area of India to try to start a new life. Upon their arrival, they moved into a small hut in a slum area. His father sold vegetables, and the family managed to scrape by.

But life turned to chaos when the slum was destroyed and its residents were kicked out. Amit and his family were forced to go live on someone else’s property.

The family was still struggling for survival when Amit’s father, Chabilal Shah, became gravely ill with jaundice. The family spent their remaining savings on medical treatment but, tragically, Chabilal Shah passed away.

“We were all alone and left to fend for ourselves,” remembers Gulabi, Amit’s mother. “We were reduced to the level of a beggar. I used to plead and beg people for $1 just to sustain ourselves.”

Gulabi sums up the level of their desperation: “No one around us cared if we had things to eat or not. As a mother, I was upset that I was unable to provide basic meals for my children.”

Many children in Amit’s position would have quit school to beg in the streets or work in a risky job in a quarry of leather factory. He would have been one of millions; in fact, India has the largest child labor force in the world.

Not knowing where to turn, Gulabi would have lost all hope — if not for her children.

Fortunately, World Vision recognized the dire conditions faced by Gulabi and her children. Amit and his brother soon became sponsored. Gulabi received a vegetable cart and vegetables to carry on her late husband’s work. The family once again has a stable source of income — not to mention good nutrition.

“The will to work was there because I am the sole guardian of the children, but World Vision gave me a means to earn a living,” says Gulabi.World Vision also built a home for the family.Now, Amit is in the sixth grade and has enough food to eat. He earns the highest scores among his peers in several of his classes. It’s a far cry from where he might otherwise be — begging or doing unhealthy, unsafe work that no child should have to do.

“Had we been by ourselves, we wouldn’t be standing in this position,” confirms Amit. “World Vision supported us through tough times. My brother and I are sponsored. We get books, bags, and stationery items, which helps us in our studies. My sister has also received textbooks.”

Amit beams as he rattles off phrases in English. “I would like to thank my sponsors, because they have helped me. Not only I have benefited, but my family, too, has received blessings. I thank World Vision India because they gave my mother a push cart and vegetables. If she had not received this, we wouldn’t have an income at home.

I feel good that my mother is able to stand up on her own feet and earn to run the household and educate us.”

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