Lift Them Up
Annual Campaign for Special Projects
There is no exercise better for the heart than lifting people up. —John Holmes
Announcing Lift Them Up Annual Campaign
Fate determined the children must grow up in an orphanage, but we can make their lives fulfilling and their environment safe. Sponsorship support provides the basic necessities a child needs – food, shelter, education and love. But over time we have learned that many other threads make up the fabric of a child’s welfare. That’s where special projects come in.
Each fall we ask if you can give a little more to make life a bit better for children who must grow up in an orphanage. And each year you amaze us with your willingness to fund renovations and improvements in the children’s homes.
Our annual campaign theme this year is Lift Them Up. Together let’s lift up the children—lift them up from poverty, lift up their education, their health, safety, and their living conditions. Every year the homes ask for toilets, dormitories, dining halls and play areas. Not only can we lift up the children’s physical situation, but we can lift their spirits by letting them know people across the globe care about them.
Double Your Impact
We are happy to report several caring donors have come forward to provide matching funds up to $20,000. As of December 20, $5,200 remains for matching. Now your donation can go twice as far!
Happy Home- Kitchen Renovation
The kitchen in which children’s food is being prepared at Happy Home is in pathetic condition. There are holes in the roof and the walls are cracked. The working conditions are abysmal, and it is affecting the meal preparation for the children. In their proposal to World’s Children, Happy Home administrators wrote, “We are using firewood to cook, and [because of the holes in the roof] rainy water is leaking in everywhere and our cooks are finding it very difficult to prepare meals. This is a great disturbance for our children and their studies.” Additionally, snakes, lizards and other creatures are able to get in while the cooks are working because of the structural issues with the kitchen. The government is threatening to shut down this kitchen unless Happy Home finds a solution.
Amalarakkini Children need beds
The blind children at Amalarakkini are currently without beds. They sleep on rope mats on the floor. Depending on the time of year, things like the temperature of the floor and insects can greatly affect the children’s sleep. It will cost $16,195 to put all of these children on mattresses, where they are elevated from the ground and can sleep peacefully and safely.
There are 6 other homes requesting help with projects regarding the children’s comfort.
Pandarevedu children need a borewell
Pandrevedu home’s borewell dried up and the children must carry water back to the orphanage themselves. They are forced to walk along the roadside and fill their buckets at the community taps. The sisters are requesting a new borewell. “Water comes so rarely it has become biggest problem for our locality. Local people do a lot of arguing at taps, and it is affecting our children mentally. Because of dehydration, kidney stones have formed in children. Hence, our humble request is for you to support us through your funds to help our children.” -Sister Lourdu Mary
There are 5 other homes requesting help with projects regarding water and sanitation needs.
The children at Fatima Home need a room for a security guard
These children need someone to keep them safe from vandalism and predators at night. Currently, there are no security guards willing to do the job because there is no place in the for them to stay within Fatima Home, so the administrators are requesting help to create space for a guard. Thieves have already stolen garments from the girls of Fatima, and the local police have not responded to their requests for help. This is an urgent need; the children need protection at night.
There are 6 other homes requesting help with projects regarding the children’s safety.
This year 22 homes have asked for help with 31 projects. We have included a list of those project requests. Please look them over and spend a little time thinking about how you would like to lift up the children.
These BEFORE and AFTER photos show the kind of needs we address and how much your support is changing the lives of children.