When social care worker and volunteer Anja Loven was exploring the streets of the southeastern part of Nigeria, she spotted a very heartbreaking sight.
Loven found an abandoned 2-year-old boy, who was starving and, literally, on the edge of death. The naked 2-year-old toddler was covered in dust. Though only an innocent child,
the boy had been abandoned by his parents 8 months earlier. The boy’s mother and father had accused him of witchcraft and abandoned the toddler, giving him no chance of survival.
Though the boy could hardly stand on his feet, he was walking the streets alone in an attempt to fend for himself. When Anja found him, she gave him a meaningful name – Hope – and took him to the nearest hospital!
The toddler needed several blood transfusions and extensive medication support to get rid of worms. The boy’s road to recovery was expensive and long, but thanks to professional doctors and generous donations from volunteers, Hope has since made an incredible recovery.
Only 2 months down the line, Hope had gained weight and was smiling. He was barely recognizable as the boy found 8 weeks before.
The boy has continued to move onward and upward from that rough beginning to his life journey. Almost a year after meeting Hope, Anja Loven posted a heartwarming update – with Hope taking this first step to school.
Anja and Hope have formed an unbreakable relationship! Hope now lives in an orphanage run by the DinNoedhjaelp charity, which also includes Anja Loven. Hope appears to be as healthy as an ox, surrounded by people who love and care for him. His predicament demonstrates how true compassion can turn even the most severe situations into miracles.
Hope has left the wounds and sicknesses of the past thanks to more than 1 million donations from volunteers all over the world. Accusations of witchcraft are still a significant concern in Nigeria today.
Fortunately, such people as Anja exist. She started the organization that helps children being accused of witchcraft find a new lease on life and move on to the next chapter of their now happy journeys.
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