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In 2001, Ashisha was an abused four-year-old.
In 2019, she is a college graduate.
Sponsorship changed her life.
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“When I found out I had a sponsor, it was a shock. I couldn’t breathe or blink for about three seconds. You brought me warmth and support when I was in deep trouble.” ~ Chandru from India

The children below need a sponsor—someone like you

Sponsor Shameera

Shameera comes from a large and deeply impoverished family. She has a twin sister named Shasini and they have five older brothers. The children lost their father in 2013 when he died in an accident. Shameera’s mother kept the family running by working as a maid and putting her sons to work earning very low daily wages doing manual labor instead of going to school. Sadly, Shameera’s older brothers have started down the path of alcoholism and are no longer working regularly, so the family is not able to make ends meet. Additionally, Shameera and her sister were frequently being left at home along for parts of the day when everyone else was out and that is not safe for them where they live. Shameera’s mother was no longer able to keep her daughters safe or send them to school. Rather than pulling the girls into uneducated child labor and down the path of her male children, Shameera’s mother sent her daughters to a children’s home supported by World’s Children in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. There, they are both safe and are continuing their education. They will have the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty that has ensnared the rest of the family for another generation.
Shameera is doing well in the home and in school, attending the 9th grade. She is described as a jovial girl who gets along very well with her peers. She loves nature and animals and working in the garden.

Last August, Sagor moved into a children’s home supported by World’s Children in the northern Indian state of Bihar. At nine years old, Sagor is the elder of two children in a very poor family. The family lives in a one-room hut with a tin roof and bamboo walls that is shared with Sagor’s uncles. Sagor’s father was bringing in money for the family by doing daily labor work and also driving. But his health was not always good and so he was sometimes not able to work. Sadly, Sagor’s father died in the Covid-19 pandemic like many millions in India. Without Sagor’s father, it became impossible to send Sagor and his younger sister to school. Without help, they would be forced into child labor to keep the family afloat and would end up uneducated manual laborers like their parents and uncles. Fortunately, The administrator of the children’s home was familiar with Sagor’s father and had employed him with work in the past. He learned of the man’s passing and invited Sagor to stay at the children’s home, where he would be able to continue his education. Now Sagor is doing well in the first grade. He loves to sing, draw, and play football (soccer).

Sponsor Devi

Devi is a 13-year-old girl from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. There are five children in her family; four girls and one boy. Devi is the oldest child. Her mother is a simple, uneducated woman who married at 15 years old. She had five children with her older husband and then he abandoned the family to live with another woman. Even when he was present, Devi’s father was an irresponsible alcoholic who would spend his meager earnings on drink instead of his family’s needs. Devi’s mother tried to raise five young children but could not afford to keep them safe and fed. She heard about a nearby children’s home supported by World’s Children and brought her children there. The home not only took in all four girls, but also found the mother a job as a cook in a nearby convent where she lives now with her three-year-old son. Devi is now in the 9th grade. She loves to dance and sing and play ball games with the other children. She is adjusting well, doing very well in school, and in good health now that she is receiving regular meals and living in a stable environment.

Sponsor Nadhiya

Nadhiya is a 14-year-old Indian girl living in the southernmost Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She comes from an intact but very dysfunctional tribal family because of her abusive father. There are three children in this family. Nadhiya is the middle child and she has a younger brother and an older sister who is living in the same orphanage as Nadhiya. Both parents are uneducated and do manual labor to earn income. But the burden of caring for the family really fell on Nadhiya’s mother. Her father is an alcoholic who beat his wife and children almost every day. He would strike up a quarrel with the neighbors over some small thing and then take his revenge out on his family. He would rarely work and what little money his wife earned he would try to take for his liquor habit. Nadhiya’s mother would go out every day into the nearby forest and collect small sticks which she would bring back to their village to sell for firewood.
The children often went hungry and the amount earned by their mother was not enough to pay for their school fees. She was considering taking the children out of school and making them work with her to earn enough money just to survive. Fortunately, the administrator from a nearby home supported by World’s Children visited their village and learned about their sad situation. She told the mother that the children’s home could take her two daughters where they would be fed, clothed and educated. In June 2015 the mother decided to bring both of her daughters to the orphanage.
Nadhiya is in the 11th grade. We are told she is a good student and particularly enjoys studying science. She is confident and has received prizes in speech competitions. In her free time she likes to dance and play outdoor games with her friends.

Anandh needs a sponsor.

Anandh is a 15-year-old boy who lives at a children’s home supported by World’s Children on India’s southernmost tip. Anandh was born March 10th, 2007 in rural Tamil Nadu, India. He is a semi-orphan, but he and his brother and sister are effectively orphans. They were born in a small farming village, where their parents worked as day laborers, struggling to make ends meet. Despite their poverty, they were arguably better off than many other families, as their parents were married in what is known as a “love marriage,” rather than an arranged marriage. Though many traditional families typically disapprove of love marriages, this couple had been allowed to wed, and subsequently had their two sons and a daughter. Anandh’s father is affected by a mental disability, which may have played a role in his family allowing him to eschew the local marriage traditions. Sadly, when he was very young Anandh’s mother became ill with pneumonia and passed away. Anandh’s father was unable to cope with the death of his wife. He stopped going to work and could not adequately care for his three children. Since there were no other relatives who could help care for Anandh and his siblings, the father agreed to admit his children to the children’s home, where they could be cared for properly, and given an education.
That was ten years ago when Anandh was only five, and he has lived in the home ever since. From the very beginning, the administrators described Anandh as an eager student who is always smiling. Anandh was sponsored for more than eight years until his long-time sponsor passed away. Anandh just finished the 11th grade and his favorite subject is math. He hopes to go to college after graduating from 12th grade and to go on to become an engineer. The home administrator now describes Anandh as very smart and active. He enjoys drawing and playing cricket.

Sponsor Anushiya

Anushiya is one of four daughters born to a poor family with uneducated parents. Sadly, it is very typical in poor families in India for the father of many daughters to abandon the family or descend into drug and/or alcohol addiction. This is caused by the continuing tradition of the dowry, wherein the family of the bride in a traditional Indian marriage is expected to give huge sums of goods and money to the family of the groom or face shame within their community. A poor family might be able to come up with one dowry, but certainly not four. In Anushiya’s case, her father became an unstable alcoholic and no longer did any work. Anushiya’s mother attempted to both raise her four girls and also work to get the money needed to run the family, but that proved impossible. She could not send her girls to school, and neither could she leave them home alone. Fortunately, she found help in the form of a children’s home supported by World’s Children. They took in all four of her daughters and keep them safe and going to school. Anushiya and her sisters will get the chance to escape from a very dangerous situation and to have the bright future they deserve. Now Anushiya is 12-years-old and doing well in 7th grade. She particularly enjoys science and math classes.

If you prefer, we are always delighted to work with you individually to match you with a child. We have many more children waiting for a sponsor.