More than 1 billion people call India home, and according to UNICEF statistics, 31 million children live as orphans. Some estimate that number even higher, particularly if you include vulnerable children and the street children living in India’s slums.
In 2009, the head of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation estimated that 1.2 million children were involved in prostitution. Children from the poorest areas of India are targeted for the sex trade and forced child labor.
According to UNICEF, more than 1 million child deaths in India can easily be prevented every year. Easy measures could prevent 90% of all diarrhea deaths.
In India, HopeChest partners with the Friends of the Good Samaritan school. Rising from the slums of India, the Good Samaritan school can serve 4,400 students. Although in 2010, it was only operating at about 25 percent of it’s total capacity. Schooling in India is not free, and therefore many poor, vulnerable, or orphaned children are unable to attend school. Watch Dr. Ananthi Jebasingh talk about the founding and growth of the Good Samaritan School.
Through the HopeChest sponsorship program, children from very poor families are given the chance to attend a first-rate, Christian school—one of less than 5 government-recognized Christian schools in Northern India for slum children.
Through sponsorship, children attending the Friends of the Good Samaritan school receive a quality education, approved by the government of India. Graduates of the schools are qualified to apply to any college in India.
Sponsorship also funds one nutritious meal per day. For many, it is the only food they will get the chance to eat. And, the school provides medical care including anti-parasite medications and vitamins. Hear from the students how the Good Samaritan School is transforming their lives through education.
Your community can sponsor a classroom of children at the Friends of the Good Samaritan school and help them continue to grow strong bodies, strong minds, and strong faith in the Lord. If you are interested in joining HopeChest’s India ministry please email Michael Vinson at: firstname.lastname@example.org