Our Scholarship Program Changes Lives

How World's Children scholarship program changed Shailaja's life


How Our Scholarship Program Changes Lives

Shailaja just graduated with a degree in nursing in 2021. You can sponsor a college student like Shailaja. Her story is notable and will give you insight into how the World’s Children Scholarship Program changes lives.

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” – Shailaja

Her Story

Shailaja’s mother died giving birth to her. Her father remarried and he and her step-mother abused her, physically and mentally. At one point she became injured and had to go to a doctor. The doctor took Shailaja to a shelter supported by World’s Children where she has lived since 2010. A sponsor stepped in to fund Shailaja’s college through the World’s Children’s Scholarship Program. Now Shailaja is a true success story.

Read Shailaja’s moving letter to her sponsor

Dear Sponsor,

“Greetings from your sponsored student Shailaja. I am fine. I hope you are also fine there.

I am going to complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing 4th year. Thank you very much for your support. During this COVID-19, I am working in our hospital because of holidays. I am posted in surgical ward and all the surgical and medical patients come there. While working in the hospital, we are attending the online classes also.

I really extend my sincere gratitude to you who stood my side up to now. Above all, its through your hands I grew up to become an adult with a mission to change my career.

My dear sponsor, what can I give you and what can I say if it had not been your incomparable love you extended to me.

I am who I am because of what you did for my life where my parents were unable to support me in all the aspects of life. I really thank you my sponsor you came into my life. Your generous caring heart has meant so much to me in my studies. Thank you for your support.

Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.

Thank you once again for your great support to me for my studies. I always remember you and your family in my prayers for your good health and all that you do in supporting many like me.

Your sponsored student,

How you can change a life

World’s Children provides scholarships to 270 underprivileged students every year. 90% of these students are girls. Almost every student in the scholarship program graduates with a college degree or vocational training certificate so they can have a life-changing career. Do you want to know what happens after graduation? Do they get a career? Read more success stories.

You can sponsor a college student or give any amount.

Educating girls is the best way to end poverty. Please join us. You can change a life.

Thank you!


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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