Who is the most important woman in your life?

Most people would probably say their mother is the most important woman in their life.

But how would you answer that question if you didn’t have a mother growing up? How would children whose fate is to live in an orphanage answer that?

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A loving care-giver reassures this child at one of our orphanages

Let’s ask them

“My parents died of AIDS.  My role model is Sister because she is helping the poor children and helps us in studying or anything. I want to do like this. Sister is helping the sick. So, I want to be like Sister.” –Soumya, orphan affected by HIV/AIDS

“I cannot imagine if sisters did not bring me here. What would be my condition with no treatment? I would have been dead.”  –Renuka, orphan affected by HIV/AIDS

“I am HIV infected girl and I am an orphan. My parents died of AIDS. Here Sisters look after us like our parents. I am very happy because I get all that I need to lead a happy life.” –Shirisha

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Shobha at Balavikasita Orphanage, mother and a most important woman in these girls’ lives, nurtures and inspires them.

“I want to be like our warden sister when I grow up. She is a role model to all of us. She is more loving hearted. She is our mother.” –Sudha

“I want to imitate Sister Doris. Nine years back I joined children’s home. From that day til today Sister is a mother of 53 children. When I had high fever and vomiting she was sleepless until my fever came down. When I was not able to eat, she was feeding me. She treats all of us in same way.” –Venuma

On this Mother’s Day, World’s Children honors all the women who have dedicated their lives to children who have no mother or father.

And we also want to thank YOU! Your support and dedication to the children makes everything possible.

Grija says it well:

 “I have lost my parents so I am being as an orphan girl. But you have adopted me as your sponsor child so I have you to love and care about me. It makes me to be happy in my daily life.” –Grija

Loretta Worthington, Board Member

Loretta Worthington

Loretta Worthington

Board Member

Loretta met David Purviance on a chance trip in 2006, while seeking to be of service to the vulnerable children in India.  Since then, Loretta has been a longtime supporter of World’s Children as a donor, sponsor, and previous Board member.  She had the wonderful opportunity to return to India twice to visit several World’s Children orphanages, and even identified the Happy Home orphanage and petitioned to bring it into the WC family. Loretta raised funds to build a well at Happy Home, where it now has clean water for all the children and staff.

Loretta currently works with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as the Program Manager for the six Medical Hubs – the child abuse evaluation clinics for the County. She also serves as the Program Manager for the County’s Gender Health Program, serving patients seeking gender-affirming care in a safe environment.  Before her work with Los Angeles County, Loretta spent many years serving non-profit organizations in CA and in MN, her last as the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit in MN. She has a long history of volunteer work including Board Member and Board Chair service, grant writing and fundraising experience, program development, and creative leadership, all serving our most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

Loretta holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Los Angeles County with her partner, Myck, and their rescue kitties, Scooter and Thunder.

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