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I enjoyed this piece and felt like I was right there with the characters.

Indian names can be difficult to choose. Asha is a girl's name and Umed is a boy's name.

Thanks for sharing the info about the Hamara Foundation.
Very compelling, engaging piece. My heart went out for these dear children too. Lovely.
Sweet story. I have an Indian girlfriend named Asha so I kept getting confused. Glad Seema already explained. Thanks for sharing about the Foundation and the work they're doing.
Good writing.What I like about this is that the children are being freed to fulfill their hopes and expectations. Sometimes (in Africa) we see orphanages where children become totally dependent on aid and it becomes difficult to move them out later on.
Well done for promoting the foundation. Maybe you could have included an internet link as a footnote!
Both heartbreaking and tender, and very well-written.
It is comforting to know that people are there, trying to make a difference. I still like the line about the hard candy drool the best. I smile every time I read it. : )
I loved the personality of the little boy and that there is a foundation out there that could help him and his sister. A happy ending to what could have otherwise been a tragic story.