Rosina kept her sons in thick jackets throughout the daytime. At night, they huddled under the few blankets she had—worn and thin though they were from years of use. The 25-year-old mother did what she could to provide her boys with warmth, knowing sickness was inevitable.
“During winter, it gets very cold,” Rosina says. “To protect us from this kind of cold weather, we have to be thickly warmed with warm clothes. … [But] we don’t have enough money to buy good and warm clothes. We have to manage with what all we have.”
Rosina didn’t have much. But because she was part of a church led by a GFA pastor, Rosina’s needs didn’t go unnoticed. The church was planning a gift distribution for the area to provide families with thick blankets to keep them warm throughout the year. Her pastor, Dinesh, recommended Rosina to also receive a blanket. Her boys needed it; the blanket could help shield them from severe sickness. Rosina also needed it; the blanket could become a cocoon that kept out the cold while she slept, enabling her to shore up strength and energy for the day to come.
“I used to face difficulty to sleep at night because of not [having enough] sufficient warm and thick blankets, which, of course, affected my daytime activities,” Rosina says. “If I don’t have proper sleep at night, I cannot function properly. …
“I used to face difficulty to sleep at night because of not [having enough] sufficient warm and thick blankets, which, of course, affected my daytime activities. . . But then, when we received this blanket, it actually has impacted us so much positively, and we are all warm."
“But then, when we received this blanket, it actually has impacted us so much positively, and we are all warm. More than being warm, we are so glad and happy that the church decided to give us this blanket.”
After the gift distribution, Rosina walked back to the village, smiling as she carried her 3-year-old son on her back and a large, zippered bag in her right hand. She joined the other ladies as they examined their new, thick, beautifully designed blankets.
Rosina’s little boy looked with uncontained happiness at the thick blanket covered in pink flowers.
“My son was so happy,” she says. “He said that really they care for us [who] gave us this blanket.”
That night, as Rosina tucked her two young sons into bed, she knew she wouldn’t hear the sound of coughing in the morning. She and her boys would sleep in warmth and peace.
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