Winner of 2017 THE ONE Humanitarian Award

As Mother to 70 Children, She’s “The One”

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World’s Children India Country Director, Shobha Rani Kumar, is the winner of “THE ONE 2017 International Humanitarian Award” given every year by Rotary International District 3450 of Hong Kong. Shobha received this award for her work with unwanted street children.

What is THE ONE Humanitarian Award?

THE ONE was created by Rotary International 3450 to find and empower an individual who is the epitome of the compassion and selflessness that lives within us all.

“A Hero, a Healer, an Angel. THE ONE will be called many names. Most of all THE ONE will inspire all of us and stand as a shining example for all to aspire to be.” –Rotary 3450

Shobha’s story

It all started with ONE child that her husband Uttam found frantically digging through a pile of garbage for something to eat. This incident prompted Shobha and Uttam to take abandoned street children into their own home. This was the beginning of the Balavikasita Sadan orphanage. World’s Children built them a four-story orphanage and supports their children through child sponsorship. Today Shobha and Uttam are mother and father for more than 70 children.

Balavikasita Video

In the video below, you will meet Shobha, Uttam, and the children of Balavikasita. The orphanage has grown since the making of the video. You will see that this humble couple are true models of selfless compassion and deserving of THE ONE 2017 Humanitarian Award given to one person every year. We are honored to work with Shobha and Uttam.