The children we serve around the world are smart, capable, and full of potential. But too many of them have never known what it means to dream. We want these children to know they were made for a purpose: to live for God and love others!
Our sponsors play a key role in providing access to education, nutrition, health interventions, and the love each child needs to learn about Jesus and become a leader in their own community.
India is one of the hardest places to be a Christian, but that’s not stopping these children we are going to tell you about today!
The five children we are introducing to you today all live in environments where:
- the living conditions are difficult;
- they must get water from a community well;
- only some homes have electricity, and little or no indoor plumbing;
- one or both parents are daily wage workers;
- illiteracy, alcoholism, and unemployment are common social issues.
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Read more about the five children from India featured in the video:
T. Jemila lives with her parents in the village of Vathiriyan, Nadar. Her father is a daily wage worker. The living conditions are difficult. The typical home is made of sand and roof tiles with electricity but without indoor plumbing. They must get water from a community well. T. Jemila lives in an environment where illiteracy, alcoholism and unemployment are common social issues. T. Jemila helps her parents at home in the kitchen. She enjoys jumping rope and drawing.
Dhiviya and her parents are part of a gypsy community that lives in a densely populated area of Chennai, India. The gypsy people are nomadic and her parents are illiterate. The living conditions are difficult with the home being a temporary shelter with no running water, electricity and one small living area. Dhiviya helps around the home by carrying water and caring for younger children. She enjoys dolls and jumping rope. She likes to attend church and VBS.
Manikandan lives with his parents and five sisters in the village of Perianemmeli. He loves attending school and plans to become a teacher himself. The typical home is one or two rooms with a thatched roof without indoor plumbing and very few people have electricity. Water comes from a community well far from their home. Manikandan attends church and Sunday school. To help his family at home, Manikandan runs errands and does dishes. He enjoys many activities including running and singing.
Naveen lives with his parents in this densely populated city of Vijayawada. Most homes are constructed from thatch with a tin roof and a dirt floor. Naveen helps around the home by cleaning and washing dishes. He enjoys music and storytelling. Naveen attends Sunday School and church.
S. Sneha lives with her parents in the village of Vathiriyan, Nadar. S. Sneha helps at home by cleaning and sewing. She enjoys playing soccer