What 'Strong' Looks Like


Eleven-year-old Purnima Khatun shows what “strong” looks like, also “happy.”

Purnima has little to be happy about and life has dealt her some hard knocks. Her grandmother, Hazera Begum, weeps uncontrollably, as she mourns the loss of her son, just 26 years old, who died two months ago. Purmina’s mom left her when she 6, so with her dad gone too, only her grandparents are left to raise her.

The 11-year-old works as a babysitter in her neighborhood in Bangladesh, which is far better than when she would work as a waitress and cleaner at a local hotel and get called mean names by patrons and her boss.

She hopes to one day work for an organization like World Vision, and she is excited to attend the World Vision Child-Friendly Learning and Recreation Cente­r so she can learn and play jump rope.

Photo©2017 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt

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