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World’s Children supports the most vulnerable children—orphans, homeless, abandoned or abused children, girls who are unwanted simply because they are girls, and children affected by HIV/AIDS. 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 Soumya

Soumya recently turned nine years old and has been staying at a home supported by World’s Children for the past four years along with her older sister. There are two girls and one boy in her family. They are very poor, but the real issue is that her father is an abusive alcoholic who uses the family’s meager earnings on alcohol. He disappears for days at a time, only to return home to terrorize the children and beat their mother. He is a laborer in agricultural fields, when he is willing to work. Much of the time he is drunk. Soumya’s mother, a housewife, is unhealthy and often falls ill and is unable to work outside the home. Consequently, the family often went hungry for lack of money.
A pastor learned about the family and when he visited he realized they needed help very badly. He told the mother about this home for girls in the Indian state of Karnataka where her girls would have safety and a healthy environment to grow up in. Soumya and her sister went to live at the hostel in June 2017. She speaks Kannada and has just finished third grade. In her free time, she loves to run races with the other girls and to sing. In school she enjoys studying environmental science and Kannada.

Ashmin and his older brother are living at a home supported by World’s Children in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Ashmin’s mother also lives at the home with her boys and works there as a cook. The catholic sisters who run the home try to help the parents as well when they are able to.
Ashmin’s father was an abusive alcoholic who only occasionally worked as a painter. He frequently beat his wife and children and used his meager earnings for alcohol instead of the things his family needed to survive. Eventually, Ashmin’s mother had to leave her husband to keep herself and her children safe. Even though they were better off without the man, leaving him left them homeless and destitute. Fortunately, Ashmin’s mother learned of the children’s home and went there to ask for help.
Ashmin is seven years old and in very good health now that his meals are regular and well balanced. He is in the 3rd grade and does well in school. He primarily speaks his native language, Tamil, but English is one of his favorite subjects in school along with Math. He also loves playing sports games outdoors with his friends.

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 Swarnika

Swarnika is an 11-year-old girl who likes to be called by her nickname, Ammulu. She and her older brother are from a very poor family living in the Indian state of Telangana. Their father makes money sometimes as a driver, though he does not have his own vehicle. Their mother is completely disabled since she had an illness that attacked her nervous system three years ago. She is bedridden and depends on her husband and children for everything. Ammulu’s father brought her to a home supported by World’s Children because he was rarely home to care for her and his wife is not able to, and they could not afford to send her to school. Her parents knew that the only chance for Ammulu to escape the cycle of poverty they are trapped in was to find a way to get her in school and educated.
Ammulu recently completed the 5th grade and has moved on to 6th, although the Covid-19 lockdown in India has been very disruptive to her education over the past year. Her favorite subjects in school are English and Mathematics. She enjoys drawing and reading in her leisure time, and playing outdoors with her friends running races and playing badminton.

Reshwin needs a sponsor.

Reshwin is ten years old and lives in a home supported by World’s Children in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He and his older brother were wandering the neighborhood begging their neighbors for food instead of going to school. Their father contracted a mysterious disease when Reshwin was only 1-year-old, causing him to lose sensation and nerve function in his extremities. He has been bedridden and unable to work ever since. The family has spent all of their money and gone into great medical debt attempting to cure this illness, but their efforts have not succeeded. Reshwin’s mother spends almost all of her time caring for her husband around the clock and has no time to work or care for her sons. When the young boys were out begging and looking for work, social workers found them and told the family about a nearby home supported by World’s Children. Reshwin and his brother went there and have been improving ever since, getting all of their daily meals and also steady attendance in school. Reshwin enjoys learning about math and science. He is also very good at cricket and loves gardening.

Sponsor child with great need

Pavitra is affectionately known as “Chitty” to her friends and the administrators at the children’s home she has been living at since 2012. Her grandfather brought her to the home all those years ago because her parents are migrant workers and Pavitra was traveling along with them instead of going to school, and the family wanted her to get an education and have the opportunity to break from the generational cycle of poverty. The family has always been poor, but recently they have fallen on very hard times. The Covid-19 pandemic has been very hard on migrant workers in India, causing families like Pavitra’s to go from very poor to being in serious danger of starvation. Pavitra’s mother has become weak and ill and is no longer able to go for work. Worst of all, only a few months ago Pavitra’s father died of lung cancer. Now the family is desperately impoverished and it is more important than ever that Pavitra and her two siblings are able to stay in the safety of the children’s home and finish their education. Pavitra is the oldest child, and it is very striking what the administrator of the home she stays at says of Pavitra: “Pavitra is aware of the financial situation of her home and sacrifices many things for the sake of her younger ones. She encourages her brother and sister to study hard and be responsible children. She wants to continue her studies if she is helped. She thinks of her siblings and is worried about their future.” By sponsoring Pavitra, you can help her finish her education and get a good job to rescue her family from the very precarious situation they are in.

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.