POSTED May 19, 2021
Touched by a sponsor’s kindness during a difficult chapter in India
A member of our program team in India shares how caring supporters are making a difference during India’s second wave of COVID-19
By Vijay Pamela, program officer, sponsorship, India
It’s been difficult to see the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping through India, especially as we hear of hundreds of thousands of new cases weekly and thousands losing their lives daily. But, we’ve been blessed by moments of joy, too.
Consider the following heart-warming story.
While working with our local partners to assess the impact of COVID-19, and how best to respond to the needs of our program community, I received a request from a supporter concerned about the safety of his two sponsored children.
I was touched by his empathy, and I immediately asked our project staff to safely visit both families to enquire about the well-being of the two unrelated girls, Gopika (below) and Kiriyasakthi (above).
The children and families were emotionally moved by their sponsor’s concern and quickly expressed their gratitude.
In this difficult time, financial help will be of great support to each youth, especially as both of their fathers are struggling to earn an income during the government-issued lockdown — one works in a hardware store and the other is a fisher.
But there is some good news. When it comes to learning, Children Believe previously provided education through our creative learning centres (which were originally conceived for after-school help). And, although these centres, as well as schools, are now closed due to the lockdown, each child is continuing to learn remotely…
- Gopika, who is in Grade 11, watches lessons broadcast on TV by the government’s education department. She’s also taking part in online classes through a WhatsApp group her school created so each student can access lesson plans and teacher support.
- Kiriyasakthi’s school has provided textbooks to study each of her subjects, and she receives help over the phone to complete her homework. The Grade 7 student has been following a daily study plan.
Each girl and her family are healthy, but they need support to continue to thrive. So, they were truly grateful their sponsor sent financial support, upon hearing about their situation.
Both families and our team are so thankful to this sponsor whose gift will fund groceries and dry rations for a few weeks for his two sponsored children and their families.
Meanwhile, Children Believe will continue to monitor the situation as we redirect program funds to provide dry rations and psycho-social support to the most needy families who have lost their livelihoods during the pandemic.