Winner of 2017 THE ONE Humanitarian Award

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

Shobha Rani-The OneShobha Rani -The One

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.

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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