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We assist the most vulnerable children—orphans, abandoned, and abused children. Children with HIV. Many are girls who are unwanted simply because they are girls. Sponsor a child in India.

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In 2001, Ashisha was an abused four-year-old.
In 2019, she is a college graduate.
Sponsorship changed her life.
You can be the difference in a child's life.

“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 Francis

SPONSOR FRANCIS
Francis is one of four girls born to a very poor family in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. She is 12 years old.
Francis’ parents are uneducated. Her mother stayed at home caring for the house and children while her father was a fisherman. Over time and with the birth of his many daughters, Francis’ father descended into alcoholism and stopped working, leaving the family desperate and starving.
Unfortunately, this situation is all too common in India when poor families have many daughters. The dowry system, while illegal, is still the custom everywhere in India. It’s an ancient tradition that requires the bride’s family to provide a huge amount of cash, jewelry, clothing, livestock and other items to the groom’s family. Intense negotiating occurs prior to a marriage and the groom’s family tries to extract as much as they can. The rationale behind the dowry is that since the groom will provide for his bride for the rest of her life, then her parents should pay him for doing that. Sons are expected to care for their parents in their old age while daughters are a financial liability. Families with sons are the winners and families with daughters are the losers. The orphanages WC supports have far more girls than boys for this reason. You can imagine how a girl would feel who is in a family with several daughters. In most cases she will feel unloved and unwanted.
Fortunately, Francis’ mother knew of a home supported by World’s Children and brought her girls to stay there. The girls in the home are safe, well-fed, valued, loved, and educated. Francis is doing very well now in the 7th grade. She loves art projects, dancing, and playing outdoor games. She was almost certainly going to continue the cycle of poverty, but with help from this home and a World’s Children sponsor, she will have the opportunity to escape the cycle and reach her potential in life.

SPONSOR SUSHIL
Sushil is 12 years old and lives in a boys’ home in the north Indian state of Bihar very near the Himalaya Mountains. Sushil’s father passed away eight years ago due to kidney failure. His father’s illness began as a stomach ache, but by the time he was able to get to the hospital the next morning there were various complications that led to his death. Sushil’s mother moved in with her own parents and helps her father by working as a farm laborer for him during harvest season. While his mother worked, Sushil’s grandmother helped care for him and his brother, but the family was desperately poor and found it impossible to give the boys everything they needed. Sushil’s family belongs to the Santal tribe. It is rare, according to the administrator of the home, for any Santal child to finish high school. Since living in this home supported by World’s Children, Sushil has been attending school regularly and has completed the 4th grade. He is doing very well in his classes and particularly enjoys math. With your support, he has a very good chance to beat the odds and reach his full potential. In his free time, Sushil likes to play football (soccer), participate in school and extracurricular activities, and help others.

Sponsor Hersha

SPONSOR HERSHA
Hersha is a 14-years-old girl and has a story that is very sad, and one we hear often. She is one of four daughters born to a very poor uneducated couple. Because of the dowry system, girls are seen as a huge financial burden in poor Indian families. The dowry system, while illegal, is still the custom everywhere in India. It’s an ancient tradition that requires the bride’s family to provide a huge amount of cash, jewelry, clothing, livestock and other items to the groom’s family. Intense negotiating occurs prior to a marriage and the groom’s family tries to extract as much as they can. The rationale behind the dowry is that since the groom will provide for his bride for the rest of her life, then her parents should pay him for doing that. Sons are expected to care for their parents in their old age while daughters are a financial liability. Families with sons are the winners and families with daughters are the losers. The orphanages WC supports have far more girls than boys for this reason. You can imagine how a girl would feel who is in a family with several daughters. In most cases she will feel unloved and unwanted.
Many fathers who have multiple daughters abandon the family, while others stay but become bitter alcoholics who do not care for their family. Hersha’s father chose the latter. After years of intense alcohol abuse he suffered from a stroke and now is no longer able to work. Hersha’s mother tried her best to work and care for her daughters, but she can’t even afford to keep everyone fed with her meager earnings. Fortunately, a neighbor knew about a children’s home supported by World’s Children in their area of Tamil Nadu, and Hersha’s mother took her daughters there to be well fed and cared for and to get an education and have the chance to escape the cycle of poverty. Now Hersha is doing very well in the 10th grade. She enjoys singing, dancing, and drawing.

Sponsor Cyndrella

SPONSOR CYNDRELLA
Cyndrella is almost certainly named after the fairy tale princess. Her story is different, but she has certainly experienced a lot of struggles during her ten years of life, not unlike the struggles Cinderella goes through. Cyndrella was born to a desperately poor family and is their only child. Her parents are both uneducated and scrape out a living working backbreaking labor jobs for daily wages that only keep the family from starving. The family lives together in a one-room hut that is not in a safe location. While both parents are away at work for 12 or more hours during the day, Cyndrella would be home alone with no one to care for her. She was unsafe there, in addition to not going to school and being educated. Fortunately, Cyndrella’s parents learned of a children’s home nearby sponsored by World’s Children. They took Cyndrella there so that she would be safe, well-fed, and would be able to go to school daily and get a good education, giving her the chance at a better future.
Cyndrella is now doing very well in 5th grade. She is a very smart girl and speaks three languages. In addition to academics, she enjoys singing, dancing, drawing, running, and skipping. With the consistent safety and support of the children’s home and a World’s Children sponsor, Cyndrella will have the opportunity reach her bright future with her own talents and hard work, without the aid of a fairy godmother or rescuing prince.

Jerin needs a sponsor.

SPONSOR JERIN
Jerin is nicknamed “Jeri” for short and is an eight-year-old boy living in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Jeri came to stay at a home sponsored by World’s Children along with his mother, brother, and sister in May of 2018. His father abandoned the family after years physically abusing them. He is an alcoholic and spent all of the family’s meager earnings on his addiction. Jeri’s mother is uneducated with no means to care for her children’s needs, and her relatives refused to help. Not only did the children’s home take in the children to give them food, safety, and an education, but they have also provided Jeri’s mother with a place to live and a job as a cook for the children. The administrator describes Jeri as a beautiful boy who is cheerful and always smiling. He is doing well in the 3rd grade and enjoys reciting rhymes and working on his handwriting.

Sponsor child with great need

SPONSOR ASITTA
Asitta is one of four daughters born to an alcoholic, abusive father. Her mother tried her best to protect her children, but she has a weak heart and is frequently ill. Both parents are uneducated and even under good circumstanced could not make enough money to feed their children, but circumstances were rarely good.
Unfortunately, this situation is all too common in India when poor families have many daughters. The dowry system, while illegal, is still the custom everywhere in India. It’s an ancient tradition that requires the bride’s family to provide a huge amount of cash, jewelry, clothing, livestock and other items to the groom’s family. Intense negotiating occurs prior to a marriage and the groom’s family tries to extract as much as they can. The rationale behind the dowry is that since the groom will provide for his bride for the rest of her life, then her parents should pay him for doing that. Sons are expected to care for their parents in their old age while daughters are a financial liability. Families with sons are the winners and families with daughters are the losers. The orphanages WC supports have far more girls than boys for this reason. You can imagine how a girl would feel who is in a family with several daughters. In most cases she will feel unloved and unwanted.
Fortunately, Asitta’s mother knew of a home supported by World’s Children in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and brought her girls to stay there, where they are safe, well-fed, valued, loved, and educated. Now Asitta is 16-years-old and in the 10th grade, where she especially enjoys English and math classes. She also loves dancing, drawing, and playing outdoor games with her friends.

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.
 

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