LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

“I’m the only person for one thousand people,” Kiran reflects seriously. “But if I know how to help, then that responsibility isn’t heavy. I haven’t learned something worth learning until I can share it with at least twenty-five people.”

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

Abha and her family were terrified. “We’re poor people. What do we know to keep two babies alive?” her mother-in-law lamented. At night, lying on her bamboo mat on their hard dirt floor, Abha wondered how one could even hold two babies at the same time. They had never known anyone who’d kept twins alive through the extra care and economic investment they required.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

What Saroj’s new wife’s family didn’t tell him was that she had a boyfriend in another village of whom they disapproved. They were hoping to get her married off to prevent her from running off with the other boy and so forced her to marry Saroj. It didn’t work. Fifteen days after they’d married, she ran off with her boyfriend anyway.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

“Until you welcome another person’s child into your home,” she says,“until you love another person’s child, until you care for another person’s child - until then your home is not a place of God."

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

Serajul’s disability has meant very few people expected him to contribute to his community. The stubbornness that has gotten Serajul through most of his thirty-some years, however, has made him the perfect person to take on an overloaded system that is too often tainted by corruption. 

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

One day, Prabhouti, Pavitr, and their neighbor Sambha were invited to join ten other women from their village in forming a women’s “self-help and savings group. The village had never heard of such a thing and some neighbors warned them against joining. “They’ll just take your money and run,” someone cautioned. “What can a woman do?” others chanted the traditional refrain.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

Bhai took his daughter-in-law and son on the back of his motorbike to the hospital for her checkup. As they returned, there was an accident. Bhai’s daughter-in-law was thrown from the bike -- she was crushed under a truck and died instantly.

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She knew even before the tube light flickered to life. She knew by the way her footsteps echoed hollowly...all of her things were gone. Jyoti's life with HIV has been full of pain. But she has not been totally alone. 

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