Thank you for your help in providing children and women with a day of safety from India's red-light distrticts. Your gift is making a tremendous difference in the lives of women and children trapped in a life of sexual slavery. Over the past few months, 151 women and 195 children residing in the brothels were helped through various programs.
You are making a lifesaving difference for women and children in India! Thanks for helping a woman like Deepa.
When Deepa was 10 years old, she was married off and sent away to live with her husband and in-laws. The family she married into didn't treat her well and often abused her. One day, she decided to run away and the rickshaw driver took her to a place where she was sold into the red-light area. She was only 12 years old. She tried to escape, but she failed each time. Deepa was forced into the trade and managed to escape a few years later. But sadly, she just ended up in a different red-light district.
It took our staff some time develop a good relationship with Deepa. She was very depressed and didn't want any help. But over time Deepa opened up. She came by our weekly health clinics for some medical care because she suffered from Hepatitis B. She would always receive a nutritious meal and she brought her child in to get much needed medical care as well. Over a period of time, their health got better and they started to feel well. Deepa now has hope in her life and feels grateful for the help she received for her and her family.
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Your generous gift to provide a mom in India with a sewing machine has been life-changing. Thank you for your support and for empowering women to rise out of poverty.
There are 48 women who just graduated from the tailoring school. After graduating from the rigorous training, each woman received her very own sewing machine so she can start a tailoring business from home. This project also started it’s new class of women so there are 48 new students who are enrolled in the six-month course. They will spend the next few months learning how to sew and stitch.
I'm excited to share this story about Malissa.
Malissa grew up in a small village. She had to quit school after the 7th grade because there was no other school for her to attend. She was forced to get married at a young age and immeditely started a family. With little education and no other skills, Malissa couldn't find much work. He husband works as a day laborer, and it's difficult work that barely brings enought money for their family of four. Malissa wanted a better life for her son and daughter so that she can send them to school. She was so excited when she learned about the tailoring school because it was her chance to earn a better living.
After months of training, Malissa recently graduated and was given her very own sewing machine. Now she is able to start her very own business and sew clothes for people in her village. Her kids are in school and doing well in their studies. They were very excited that their mom graduated from the tailoring school. Malissa is happy that she can now support her family with the extra income.
Thank you for helping people like Malissa get a sewing machine. You changed her life forever!
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Thank you for your gift to feed hungry school children in India. Your gift provides a starving child living in poverty with a healthy meal. You are ensuring that 200 school children receive a nutritious mid-day meal at school every day.
Food makes such a huge difference for children who come from poor families. It allows them to concentrate and focus better in class. When they are hungry, it's very challenging because they lack the energy to engage in class. Often times parents are unable to feed their kids or send them to school. Instead of going to class, children sometimes work in the fields so they can earn money to have something to eat.
According to UNICEF, one-third of the world's malnourished children lives in India. The Naandi Foundation concluded that "around 46 percent of all children below the age of three are too small for their age, 47 percent are underweight and at least 16 percent are acutely malnourished, or wasted."
But your gift is bringing much needed health and nourishment to children like Sirisha.
Sirisha is a very bright and intelligent student. She never missed a day in class until all of sudden she stopped coming. Her teacher was concerned and asked her classmates if they knew why Sirisha was always absent. Eventually, Sirisha came back to school to let her teacher know that she can no longer come back because her father is forcing her to beg for food. He didn't want her going back to school.
One day, her teacher and other school staff went to Sirisha's home and reasoned with her father. At school, she would be geting a free school lunch and she'll also get a chance to learn and gain a valuable education. After some encouragement, Sirisha's father let her go back to school. She was so excited.
She is getting free lunch at school and is no longer forced to beg for food. But most importantly, Sirisha is going to class every day and getting a life-changing education that will help her to succeed.
Thank you for your support and feeding children like Sirisha.
Mother's Day is coming up. In honor of that special mom in your life, give a gift that can have a life-changing impact for a child in India.
John SparksPresidentIndia Partners