Maleya’s Hope for the Future
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 9:11
She is smiling, even though her body bears the scars of pain and suffering. Her shoulders are slightly slumped, evidence of the struggles she has endured, but her eyes can't hide the fact that she has found hope. Hope for the future, and hope for an education for her youngest child.
We’d like you to meet Maleya. She has had no formal education, is divorced, and the mother to five children-- four huge strikes against a hopeful future in a poor, urban slum-like Ngombe. Maleya has been making a subsistent living selling baked snacks on the street corners, where she earned the equivalent of about $28 US dollars a month.