A could of opium smoke wafts Joshua's face and makes him cough. His grandfather however, continues to smoke away silently. Joshua hopes his grandmother or his two older sisters have managed to salvage a little money to buy some food.
Joshua's mother died when he was three years old, and his father left them in their grandparents care while working in another town. The money he sends for the children is usually spent on their grandfather's opium addiction.
As a result, Joshua's has grown as skinny as a rake from lack of proper nutrition.
When his grandmother fell ill, there was no one to take care of him and so they asked the local pastor for help.
Moved by his plight, the pastor enrolled him in the Hand of Hope Children's Home.
At the home, the staff patiently nursed Joshua back to health.
Today, he is in the fifth grade and is doing well at school. His memory skills are impressive, but he says it is because he reads aloud.
As he sits down for his meal, he glances up and breaks into a quick smile. In that smile you see a glimpse of the confidence this young boy is beginning to have in his future.
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*The name of the child has been changed for privacy