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Team St. Louis :: Ratna 2012

I WILL RUN » 10 GIRLS. 10 STORIES. 10 CITIES.
 


We are running the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon for Ratna. She would go to bed hungry—with just a sip of water to fill her aching stomach. Thankfully, As Our Own stepped in and rescued her from a life of hunger and extreme poverty. Her rescued life gives reason to our running. You can make a difference for her and countless girls like her by joining Team St. Louis in Missouri on April 15, 2012.



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Ratna Gives Reason to Our Running . . .

 

In extreme poverty, a single meal a day is a luxury.1

 

For children caught in India’s poverty cycle, food and water are the first priority. That leaves little time for play or school. 

 

Ratna lived like this for the first 10 years of her young life. Her family was in survival mode, working and seeking the basics of food and water. Two major losses compounded their difficulty. The first was the death of Ratna’s father. Not only did she lose her father, but the family also lost the primary breadwinner.  The second was the rejection from Ratna’s extended family. They decided that without Ratna’s father around, they were no longer responsible to help. The double loss was devastating.


Ratna’s mom sought work to provide for the family, but there just was never enough—not enough work, not enough money,not enough food. Some days they would eat; some days they would go to bed with just a sip of water to fill their aching stomachs.

 

Hunger and poverty could have claimed Ratna’s life. Such hopeless situations are the ones predators look for to lure girls into bonded labor and the sex trade. Thankfully, Ratna was rescued before she was exploited and enslaved.

 

As Our Own heard of her family’s plight and shared with her mother the loving environment that they could provide for Ratna. As Our Own worked hard to bring Ratna out of her hopeless situation. They accepted her into the love and care of their family, where she receives all the food, clothing, care, and love she so desperately needs.


 

There are countless girls in India just like Ratna who have very little to eat and are robbed of their childhood. They will grow up in extreme poverty, susceptible to predators, hunger, and hopelessness—unless someone steps in on their behalf.

 

 

Will you run for her?

 

 

Together, we are rewriting stories with every step.

 

 



Notes & Sources
Ratna is a pseudonym.
1. http://www.hrsolidarity.net/mainfile.php/2007vol17no03/2549/

 


 

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