Suvarna's Story: A Dedicated Girl Who Rose Out of Tragedy
In the humid village of Pothavaram, Suvarna’s story begins with tragedy. She was born to Ramesh and Bhavani, a young couple in Hyderabad. Ramesh worked as a daily wage laborer in the city center. Soon after Suvarna’s birth, Ramesh was killed at a train track crossing, leaving Suvarna’s mother, Bhavani, alone.
Stricken with stress and grief, Bhavani left Suvarna with Ramesh’s mother, Leelamma, and eloped with another man, moving to another village and starting a new life. This “starting over" is all too common in rural Indian life when tragedy comes.
Leelamma desired nothing more than to give Suvarna a happy life, but she is elderly and chronically ill, unable to provide more than rice and basic ingredients for simple meals. Occasionally, Suvarna’s uncle would send bags of rice, but otherwise, Leelamma and Suvarna were alone in the world.