We met Jinky about a year ago,
She joined the Birthing Better Babies Programme.
She was 25, already had a young child
Then she met a man.
She became pregnant to him.
After all he had a job
Looked after her and her small child.
Life looked good for Jinky.
However life is hard in the slum.
It turns out the man had a wife already.
His wife was an Filipino Overseas Worker away for months at a time.
To her house and to her husband.
He returns to his wife.
Jinky is turned out
Jinky alone, desperate and devastated has the baby.
Under immense financial pressure to support the newborn
Jinky is forced to give the baby away.
No one knows who to, perhaps family in the province,
Perhaps to a couple who can support the child for her,
Perhaps to strangers.
We do know
Jinky was sad, so very sad.
We all were.
From everything to nothing.
From happiness to deep sadness,
No mother gives her baby away unless she must.
Life is tough in the slum.
Women do what they must
Jinky’s story is not unusual,
She is one of many
Even thousands of woman and girls.
Coping with unplanned pregnancies
There is no photo of Jinky
Perhaps that is good
Perhaps Jinky can remind us of the betrayed and alone
The women abandoned and pregnant.
Birthing Better Babies helped
But not enough.
Jinky had choices
She did not know them.
Choices such as school, education, work
Choices that empowered her
Pray we are part of the solution for girls like Jinky.
Pray we offer life in the darkness