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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For young men in Bangladesh who don't have the means or luxury of completing a formal education, jobs are hard to come by. But for those don't have vocational skills, there isn't much use to even apply for jobs. The Salam Training Center though offers students a place for vocational training as well as spiritual development.

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AuthorDenise Poon
CategoriesAsia, Main Page

“No one wanted to be my friend,” Dr. Vandana recalls about her childhood. When her parents announced to relatives or neighbors their plans to make her a doctor, Vandana would look for a place to hide. It’s hard to find a trace of that girl now as Vandana bustles down the outdoor corridors of her hospital in one of India's poorest states, her arms full of papers. It looks like she’s not quite making contact with the ground.

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