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Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013

Ion this, our well-appointedTracy and I were riding inanother air-conditioned car Wilmington’s Newest Home Consignment Store in Kochi, India, andtwo in the afternoont was and long-awaited vacation, once again insulated from the heat and poverty that surrounded us. Our driver told us we still had a few hours of his service: Home Consignments & More! What was our pleasure; what would we like to see? 5814-2 Oleander Drive • Wilmington, N.C. 28403 •910-523-5790 Strange, isn’t it, what blurts out of theredtulip5814@gmail.com •www.theredtulipshop.com our mouths when we least expect it? Something I didn’t even know was welling up inside me. “The children,” I said, “so many children begging on the street, who takes care of them?” We had seen the magnificence of India, but we had also witnessed the horrific conditions of the street people. The children especially haunted us, those bundles of rags with dirty faces begging at our car window, their eyes hollow, their pride a distant memory, if even that. I don’t think it was a question the driver was too often asked from his clients. He hesitated, and then said, “I could tell you, but if you don’t mind, I’ll show you.” We bumped along rutted Binny Road to an iron gate. Thrown open, a group of girls eagerly ran toward us. It was an orphanage, Prathyasha Bhavan, Home of Hope, adminis- tered by the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, Catholic nuns, and within it were some 70 girls, aged six to 18. At first, it looked like a perfectly fine place, clean grounds, well-dressed girls, but that was deceiving. The girls slept on the hard concrete floor of a school assembly area because there was no other room POiNT OF GraCe merCyme To receive a free bumper sticker or sponsorship information: for them; the pantry held a pitifully Paul BalOChe sTeVeN CurTis ChaPmaN The Dove 89.7 FM small mound of vegetables for that 4him Chris aNd CONrad PO Box 957 • Wilmington, N.C. 28402 evening’s curry; the tainted water Jars OF Clay sideWalk PrOPheTs Tel: 910-763-2452 Fax: 910-763-6578 assured dysentery would remain a miChael W.smiTh Chris TOmliN www.life905.com • life@life905.com normal part of life. Sister Sophy took us around, all-the- while providing tragic histories about the smiling, seemingly happy girls. With each story I could feel my heart thumping, faster and faster. 46 WBM may 2013


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