In the tribal hamlet of Lova, located in the Parvathipuram Manyam District of Andhra Pradesh, lives a young boy named Meeshal. His journey is one of resilience and transformation, marked by the kindness and dedication of compassionate sisters of Holy Cross.

When Meeshal was just five years old, the Sisters of the Holy Cross Convent in Makkuva discovered him during one of their routine home visits. These sisters, known for their tireless community service, were moved by Meeshal’s bone deformity. With a keen sense of responsibility, they decided to involve in his life.

In dialogue with his father, the sisters learned that Meeshal was a semi-orphan. He had lost his mother at the age of three and was being raised by his father under challenging financial circumstances. Financial hardships had prevented his father from enrolling him in school, and the boy spent his days at home, unable to play or walk like other children of his age. Meeshal’s father narrated an incident that had changed his son’s life. Meeshal had suffered a fall that went untreated, leading to the bone deformity. Despite his father’s best efforts to seek medical help, Meeshal’s condition did not improve. The boy remained weak, and his health continued to decline.
Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the sisters gently persuaded Meeshal’s father to allow them to take the boy to King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam, where he was diagnosed with Bone Tuberculosis (TB). The treatment was extensive, spanning eight months, but it was the beginning of new life for Meeshal.
The Sisters of the Holy Cross didn’t stop there. Realizing that a proper education was crucial for Meeshal’s future, they convinced his father to enrol him in the Holy Cross Hostel, a facility run by the convent. This arrangement ensured that Meeshal could attend school and receive the care he needed. Today, at the age of 10, Meeshal is a different boy. His health has improved significantly, thanks to the dedicated medical treatment and the nurturing environment provided by the sisters. He attends school regularly, actively participates in his studies, and enjoys playing with his friends. The transformation in his life is a testament to the power of compassion and the profound impact that dedicated individuals can have on the lives of those in need.

Meeshal’s story is an inspiration, illustrating how timely intervention, medical care, and educational support can transform lives, even in the most challenging circumstances.