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Greetings from India! Your dedication to the children here provides us with so much comfort and encouragement. Thank you for being a constant source of stability and love.

While our children and their families are used to experiencing difficult circumstances, the effects of COVID-19 have added more – and severe – challenges to their lives. Schools closed, taking away safe spaces for many students. Shutdowns forced day laborers to stop working, causing many to go hungry. Families have told us that without the support of our Hope Centers, many would not have survived during this time.

Our Child Champions helped children continue their education by making and distributing photocopies of lessons and assignments, and some were able to create online classes and group chats for children who had access to technology. Since most of our kids do not have internet, tutors held one-on-one sessions with students over the phone. Families were also grateful when Child Champions visited their homes to engage with the children, providing encouragement during stressful situations. They helped motivate them in their schoolwork and delivered critical items like food, medicine, and hygiene supplies.

In response to the pandemic, some of our children have been motivated to one day serve as doctors and community leaders. Others are determined to finish their classes early so that they can help support their families. Although our children have been able to remain hopeful and hold on to their dreams, they are ready for life to return to normal. The Hope Centers have played such tremendous roles in their lives, and they look forward to the day when they can connect with their friends and mentors in person again.

Our Hope Centers offer a stark contrast to what the kids experience outside our doors. Child Champions build welcoming environments where all children, both boys and girls, can share personal problems, interact freely with each other, give their opinions, and be treated with respect. It is inspiring to see how each child is growing, thriving, and exploring their interests – and we love holding celebrations to honor their achievements. We value their feedback and have come to see just how mature and innovative they can be with their ideas!

The success of our children is a testament to just how important the Hope Centers are to them, their families, and their communities. Studying English during their time here provides them with an enormous advantage, and many of the kids go on to college or good job opportunities. None of this could happen, however, without consistent dedication and love from our sponsors and donors.

Receiving prayers and letters of support and seeing how much someone far away believes in them makes a profound impact on their lives. If you know someone who could also be a positive influence in the life of a child, please have them sponsor a child from India today!

With hope and gratitude,

Your Child Champions in India

About India

Child Champions in India tell us about their country.

India is the seventh largest and second-most populous country in South Asia and the most populous democracy in the world. It is a nation abounding with bustling markets, unique cuisine, historical monuments, picturesque landscapes, explosions of color, and vibrant cultural diversity. It is home to a thriving community, be it in the celebration of a joyous occasion or in grieving with one another’s pain. But it is also a place of widespread poverty, where many children face malnutrition, a lack of medical care, gender inequality, systemic discrimination, and isolation every day.

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For those living in poverty in India, housing is crowded and unsanitary.

About 19% of the world’s children are found in India. Despite measures taken on their behalf, their condition as the most vulnerable members of society has remained unchanged over time. Children in India are twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty. The hardships they endure not only affect all areas of their development but also have an impact on their morality and understanding of right and wrong.

For many in India, living conditions are bleak, with stark differences between resource allocation in urban and rural areas. Major portions of the rural populace live without access to services like adequate housing, electricity, sanitation, clean drinking water, education, or health care facilities.

Although better infrastructure is available in most cities, young children are often forced to work in hazardous conditions, employed in dangerous occupations like construction and manufacturing in order to meet the basic needs of their families. Throughout the country, girls are often neglected and married off young, while boys are given preference for health, nutrition, and educational opportunities. And boys and girls alike are deprived of human dignity whenever they encounter discrimination, bigotry, harassment, and prejudice.

India Hope Centers

 

With the largest adolescent population in the world, India’s future success stands to benefit from kids being safe, healthy, educated, and well-equipped with the skills required to support the country’s development. In helping to meet the educational, physical, and spiritual needs of children, OneChild provides not only the elements that will allow them to thrive, but the constant affirmation that they are special, unique, valued, and worthy in the eyes of God. Child Champions in OneChild’s Hope Centers play a significant role in shaping their futures. All children need a push to gain confidence and accomplish goals, so these loving adults encourage, guide, motivate, comfort, console, appreciate, affirm, advise, reassure, advocate for, and believe in every single child.

 

Through the OneChild program, children are given the best chance for success, with a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. It is a long road ahead, but with the right approach, India can be a place where HOPE abounds, and lives are transformed.

We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.

Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)