Take the Pen Challenge!

Take the Pen Challenge

Take the Pen Challenge!

Next time you misplace a pen, think about Roja—the girl whose entire outlook on life was changed because of a pen and a kind act.

Roja was young when her father died. Her mother, a day-laborer, had Roja’s two younger brothers to support. So at age 5, Roja was taken to an orphanage. But she never had a World’s Children sponsor of her own.

Dedicated to her studies, Roja always felt lucky to have a trusted pen. It was just a simple pen. But to Roja it represented learning—her future. And she grew up understanding that a pen worth about $1 is a treasure. “This is high value to my poor family. This amount purchases 2kg of raw rice for cooking.”

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Roja’s Story

Can you imagine choosing between owning a pen or buying food?

Then one day, moments before a final exam, Roja noticed her only pen was gone.

“Tears come out from my eyes. I was not able to control myself. This tension totally collapsed my mind, and I lost my confidence. I forgot what I prepared for this exam.”

Seeing Roja’s distress, her teacher stepped in.

“She understood and she immediately give her own pen to me. I have faced many obstacle to complete my school days. Sometimes I was under depression. But this memorable event gave courage to me and a hope that I will get help from another’s goodness.” —Roja

This simple act of kindness made a big difference.

Today, Roja says: “My ambition is high.” The 17-year-old loves science and wants to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing—a reliable career path that will ensure she can help her family the way others have helped her.

A sponsor recently stepped forward to cover Roja until she gets her degree!

A one-year scholarship is only $600. 

Please help other girls like Roja finish their studies and obtain a meaningful career.



If we all pitch in, imagine what our acts of kindness can do.

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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