India (MNN) — Racing through the streets of India, up narrow staircases and entering dirty rooms, Sheetal, 8, was called a "runner" as she searched for clients for her prostitute mother.
If she was not doing this, she was able to play with the other children in the brothel. However, at night she had to lie quietly under the bed as her mother worked.
Another girl, Dilmaya, lost her father to AIDS and her mother to the brothels.
What do these two have in common? Both were rescued from potential prostitution when they were brought to the Santvana Children's Home supported by Orphan Outreach.
Speaking of Dilmaya, Orphan Outreach said, "In a twist of fate, the brothel madam took her to the children's home instead of recouping the losses incurred by her mother's departure by turning Dilmaya into a prostitute."
Sheetal was also brought to the center after a man tried to molest her and another man heard her cries for help. He delivered her to the children's home, giving her hope for the future.
Dr. Lalita Edwards, who runs the home, said, "Both Dilmaya and Sheetal now pray and are very happy at Santvana Home."
Both girls now know Jesus Christ wants to save them, too.
But the children's home has not stopped with just these two. They have opened a day care center in the area, called the Crèche, for children of prostitutes so they do not have to stay in the brothels.