Every year, Food for Life Vrindvan raises funds to give thousands of desperately poor children in the area around Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh some basic necessities that will help keep them warm and healthy through India's cold winter months and provide a little bit of joy. For just $10, you can give two children something to smile about by providing each with a schoolbag that contains tooth paste and tooth brush, a wool cap and scarf, a jar of Vaseline, some sweet treats and small toys.
As the rest of the world happily rings in the new year, thousands of children in this area will be shivering in the winter cold under plastic tarps & in makeshift shelters without heat, access to clean water or basic sanitation. What little money their families have can't buy warm clothing or personal hygiene items, let alone toys or an occasional sweet treat. They go through life as outsiders, looking in; seeing, but never able to have, even the small things so many of us take for granted.
The project will provide new year's gifts to up to 4800 children at just $5 per child, allowing them to experience the joy of receiving & providing some necessities to keep them healthy and warm. Hats & scarves help prevent them from catching cold; toothbrushes & toothpaste encourage them to clean their teeth, and vaseline keeps lips and skin from chapping in the winter cold. Sturdy bags provide storage for belongings & school books, sweets & toys are just for fun!
The project will not only give the children something to smile about, it will help ensure they stay warm & keep from catching colds. It also will encourage personal hygiene. Having bags in which to carry & store school books and supplies will help keep kids organized in often chaotic environments and encourage them to come to school. The gift distribution also helps FFLV to build recognition with children and families, facilitating its social work efforts on behalf of the larger community.
"These inexpensive little gifts provide the children with some protection from the rough winters in India, help them maintain hygiene, and give them something that's their own to smile about." - Sri Radhika Dasi, Project Leader
Total Funding Received to Date: $515
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $23,485
Total Funding Goal: $24,000
Secretary to the Director
Vrindavan, Mathura Dist.,