Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Day in the Life of a Girl

This is why we serve at Gospel for Asia. Joel's day is spent finding ways to share about the ministry--the plight of those in Asia who have no hope and how our missionaries are ministering to them--via the internet and social media.

We saw this story on the BBC today and it tells of Asma, a child laborer. Click here to see the original story, which I've also copied below.

Asma's Story
The electricity supply in the sweatshop in the crowded part of old Dhaka where Asma, 10, makes safety pins for a living is so dangerous that the foreman can only turn on the lights using a broomstick.

"If I use my hands I may get an electric shock," he explains.

Asma is one of about 10 workers in the dingy factory - in the heart of the crowded and maze-like alleyways of this part of the city - who are under 14.

Sitting on a bench alongside her co-workers, Asma operates a powerful cutting device in the poorly-lit premises for up to 12 hours a day.

The safety pins are thinly cut and the machine she operates is cumbersome, heavy and dangerous.

Despite being blessed with nimble fingers and remarkable manual dexterity, if Asma makes one mistake she could easily lose a finger to the gigantic metal puncher she handles so professionally.

There is no first aid in the factory and no lunch break. None of the children know what happens to the pins once they have been made and none knows exactly who is employing them.

Like many other child workers in Bangladesh, she does not complain of her plight, remaining resolutely cheerful throughout the morning I spent with her.
... continued and taken from this site.
Gospel for Asia's Bridge of Hope ministry reaches out to children just like Asma. Learn more about BOH and how you can help change the future of a child--and possibly an entire family and village--for just $28 per month. It's a small price for us to pay considering the price they pay daily.

1 comment:

  1. What an eye-opening and sad video. Thank you for sharing it. I'm glad GFA is there to help kids like her.