In India, HopeChest partners with the Friends of the Good Samaritan school.
Rising from the slums of India, the Good Samaritan school is able to serve 4,400 students; although, in 2010, it was only operating at about 25 percent of its total capacity. Schooling in India is not free, which means that many poor, vulnerable, or orphaned children are unable to attend 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 five government-recognized Christian schools in Northern India for children from the slums. 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. The school also provides medical care, including anti-parasite medications and vitamins.
Poverty is especially prevalent in rural areas in the North, Northwest, and Southwest, occurring primarily among the poorly educated and indigenous members of the population.