Chamali’s story is a miracle. It’s also an amazing testament to the strength of her amazing mother, and the difference that a caring sponsor like you, can make in a child’s life.
Chamali lives in Sri Lanka with her mom Indu and her younger sister Bhagiya.
Her mother was married off at just 16 years old. After the hurried wedding, Indu found out that her new husband made illegal moonshine, and that her own father had sold her in exchange for a lifetime supply of the liquor. She also found out that she was expected to care for three children from a previous marriage, and that her husband was extremely abusive.
Soon, Chamali was born, and Bhagiya after that. For many Sri Lankan girls, this would be a sad story of cyclical violence and abuse. The same horrors that Indu endured would trap her daughters as well. But this is a miracle story!
After two years living with her abusive husband, Indu was abruptly kicked out of the house along with her two daughters, to make room for a new wife. With nowhere to turn for help, Indu got on a bus headed for the big city of Columbo. Little did she know, she was on her way to a divine appointment.
When she got to Colombo, Indu gathered up her babies and got off the bus…but she had nowhere to go. She settled onto the ground in despair. She was fighting back tears, when a kind old man walked over and offered help. Indu was terrified of him. She refused his offer, convinced this was just another scheme to trap her and her daughters in more abuse. But he kept offering, so finally she agreed to go with him. He took her to a place called Community Concern – our partners in Sri Lanka.
After hearing Indu’s story, the staff at Community Concern immediately took steps to ensure both she and her babies were safe. They invited her to stay at a home for women recovering from abuse, and they even found a sponsor for Chamali!
Best of all, they introduced the whole family to Jesus! Indu gave her life to Jesus, finally finding the love and acceptance she’d been searching for her whole life. And now, she’s raising her daughters in the faith.
Chamali has been sponsored since she was just three years old, and today she’s in high school.
Thanks to the support of her sponsor like you, Chamali is on track to graduate high school with flying-colors. She just took the entrance exams for the local university. She’s waiting for her results, but she’s hopeful she will receive one of the coveted full-ride scholarships!
Chamali’s mom never got to finish school, which left her vulnerable and limited in her options. But thanks to her sponsor, Chamali will never be so trapped!
All it takes is one person, like you, to bring hope and a future to a child in need in Sri Lanka – and around the world!