That was my daughter, Beth's, gentle and thoughtful comment after I'd sobbed my way through most of 'Les Miserables' this evening. Translated into English, 'Les Miserables' can become 'The miserable ones', 'The wretched', 'The poor ones' or 'The victims'. I'm sure you can see that the journey isn't hard from there to the past lives of so many at the orphanage.
Their lives now, thanks to Jayaraj, are full of friendship and security, but their pasts are a different story. Doesn't that dream that was dreamed by Fantine, with all the bitter loss of life's hopes, speak at least something of the lost hopes of the boys and girls we're working to support?
Maybe it's right to introduce Girija to you now ...
One of life's true 'Les Miserables', Girija witnessed her older sister murdered and faced the violence of her father. Now she's grown up, educated, sharp as a button and bossy to boot! I couldn't be more grateful for what the orphanage has done. It's now Girija's home, her family, her education and her hope for the future.
She takes some serious exams this year, and if she does well enough, she'll be able to gain a place at the Nursing Training College, also on-site at the orphanage, and the possible door to financial security beyond.
It's like this that Jayaraj has been able to turn the lives of so many of India's 'Miserables' into new futures with real hope.
Please do consider supporting, and sincere thanks to those who already have ...