Children who grow up in poverty—like Raina—are more than three times as likely to be poor in adulthood.1
But there had been one bright spot in Raina’s childhood. Thanks to her parent’s hard work, Raina had been able to attend school through the 10th grade, which was an opportunity many impoverished children didn’t have.
Children who grow up in poverty—like Raina—are more than three times as likely to be poor in adulthood.
For every year Raina stayed in school, her chances of sinking deeper into poverty decreased by 9 percent.2 The more education she received, the more likely she was to break free from a cycle of poverty. A report from UNICEF indicates that had students living in low-income or developing countries learned basic reading skills, 171 million fewer people would be living in extreme poverty.3 No matter how humble an education one might receive, it could still help prevent destitution.
A Potentially Lost Future
When it became apparent to Raina that her parents couldn’t afford to provide her with higher education, she discontinued her studies. No matter how much she wanted to have those certificates of completion in her hands, it wasn’t financially possible. Instead, Raina joined her parents in doing what they had always done: labor in the fields, earning money to help put food on the table.
After Raina married Ander, she continued to farm, supplementing Ander’s income with her own. In search of better job opportunities, her husband lived hours away in a neighboring city, working in a carshop. Despite his long hours, the pay he received was minimal.
Had Raina finished her education, she might not have had to depend on the field for her and her family’s survival. Now, all she had to pass on to her children was the same poverty she grew up in, perpetuating the cycle of impoverishment and hopelessness.
However, hope had not completely abandoned Raina.
Providing a Way Out
From time to time, Raina would join her parents, who lived nearby, at a church lead by GFA pastor Taedin. The pastor knew of Raina’s burdens—and knew there was a way to help her and her family climb out of poverty’s pit.
Like many other GFA missionaries serving in impoverished communities, Pastor Taedin looked for ways to alleviate people’s physical needs while bringing them the healing love of Christ. Because of the generosity of people across the globe, he knew he could provide people with Christmas gifts that would give them a dignified way out of poverty. Sometimes those gifts were rickshaws or sewing machines; other times they were in the form of squawking chickens or cows. For Raina, it was the gift of a goat!