Reshma was little more than a child herself when she was lured from her remote village in Nepal to Kathmandu— then enslaved by a bar owner who sold girls for sex along with the drinks. Soon she found she was pregnant…and regardless of the means, she was in love with the baby she carried. Friendless and terrified in the tumult of Kathmandu, she silently promised her “Angel” a future. When she heard of a missionary couple who would gladly take the baby, the decision was made. Reshma surrendered Angel at birth, then found her way to a place an acquaintance told her about where she might stay for a while. That place was Asha Nepal, a partner organization that Shared Hope helped establish and faithfully supports.
The tiny young mother, sick emotionally and physically, was gently carried to a bed for the rest and care she needed so badly. In her fevered dreams she heard children shouting…and upon fully awakening, realized this was real…the place she thought was a home for cast-off women was full of children! Horrified, Reshma realized she had not needed to give up her Angel and begged Asha Nepal’s founder to help get her back. Through prayer and some artful negotiation, Angel was placed in the arms of her beaming mother who proceeded to keep her promise to Angel for a future. They spent over three years as part of the Asha Nepal family, and in 2016, gainfully employed, Reshma and Angel moved into their own small apartment in Kathmandu.
Your support made this story of restoration possible. And it is your commitment to Shared Hope and women like Reshma which inspires us to keep fighting to end child sex trafficking. This December you have a unique opportunity to join us in our work and have your gift doubled! Thanks to a generous $150,000 Christmas Hope Matching Challenge offered by several friends of Shared Hope, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling its impact. The deadline to give is midnight December 31.