He stands straight and tall for his picture. Looking sharp in a buttoned-up shirt, he sports a shy but hopeful smile.
A sixth-grader in India, Shiva just arrived at the Unbound office from prayer. The white lines on his forehead are called tikka and are part of the Hindu prayer tradition.
Shiva plays cricket, a national pastime in India, he celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, and he enjoys poetry in his native language, Hindi.
This delightful boy respectfully requests you sponsor him.
Shiva is one of three children supported by their dad, Gopi, who rides a bike selling tea door-to- door in India. Gopi works long days but doesn’t bring home enough income to provide for a family of five.
Shiva has a passion for school. Especially math and science.
“I like playing with magnets,” he said. “I can show you how the North Pole and South Pole attract.”
But the future of Shiva’s education is a stress for his mother, Laxmi.
“Financial problems are haunting us,” she says. “We are struggling with the education expenses.”
With help that a sponsorship brings, Shiva will remain in school. His parents will see some of their financial burden lifted. Shiva can continue to develop his love of learning and reach a goal of improving his English skills.
You can help this bright young boy reach his full potential.
Editor’s note: Since this was posted, Shiva had found a sponsor. Check our website for other children still waiting for sponsors.