Kadju’s brother died of jaundice. It was in the first year of Agape School back in 2002. His parents are rock-cutters – making their meagre living with a hammer and chisel splitting and shaping Deccan Plateau granite into building bricks. With no education, no money, no support they simply didn’t know what to do, and had no way to access medical advice (or better still know how to prevent illness in the first place). Kadju had the same illness and the school was able to encourage his parents to take simple medical help that saved his life. We also paid for the coffin and funeral for his brother. It was a searing early lesson in both the tragedy and the hope of our work in Hyderabad.
In the intervening years Kadju has grown into a handsome and kind young man. He attended Agape School and was supported in secondary schooling. He (and his family) know about basic hygiene, nutrition and disease prevention. Kadju has a job as a driver know – and drives very safely and well. The simple support, education and love that he experienced over his years alongside us have set him up for a lifetime.