Walking into the tiny tin sheet house 8x8 feet, with no windows, only a door, I was overwhelmed by the darkness and lack of air. Two children greeted me, brother and sister aged 7 and 11. There was a small shrine on the wall with a photo of a young woman, the only color relief on the gray tin sheet walls. The children without smiling, took down the photo and explained it was their mother, who committed suicide three years ago. Now they are the total responsibility of their grandmother. She cares for them by working full time as a wood carrier, bringing bone crushing head loads of wood from the forests, earning $3 a bundle. Kids Health India targets families with young children, but often grandmothers are the primary caregivers when children are orphaned or unwanted. She gave her permission to tell her story with a thumbprint, the "signature" of those unable to write their names.
Ann Peck, Executive Director