Seven-year-old Githmi and her sister, 10th grader Chathumini
Githmi Umaya is only seven years old, but she already knows what she wants to be when she grows up: a teacher. And her sister, Chathumini, dreams of being a doctor.
Sadly, in rural Sri Lanka where Githmi and Chathumini live, their dreams are no small ambition. There are massive obstacles standing in the way of their dreams. With a poor schooling system, a horrible economy, and little community support, Githmi, Chathumini and their family are the poorest of the poor.
They are lucky if they have enough money for a daily meal… and the hole in the roof of their shanty hut means all gets soaked when it rains.
It can be extremely difficult to get an education and break the cycle of poverty, and it can be even harder to maintain the deep faith this community has. But with the support of the Sisters of the Holy Angels, Chathumini will be given the spiritual direction and care that she needs to live out her faith – even when times are hardest.