Disabled children in India are an extremely vulnerable segment of society. Among the uneducated especially, disabilities are considered a deserved fate, accredited to bad karma and not to be interfered with. As such, families often neglect or abuse disabled children. In general, girls are already of less valued due to the increased financial burden on their families when they must present a dowry at marriage time. A disabled girl is a particular liability. Tragically, preborn girls are regularly aborted because of their gender. Infant girls who are carried to term may be abandoned after birth. It is not unheard of for a newborn girl to be hastily buried alive in a shallow gave only to be discovered by a passerby who hears her cries.
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Additionally, a building to house the children and provide classrooms has been a great necessity. Work has begun on the facility. Roughly $60,000 is needed to finish the basic construction and a little over $100,000 to finish the approx. 25,000 sq. foot building entirely.
HIS Children Center embraces disabled children. At the center they are washed, clothed, fed, given medical attention, and the chance to go to school. Most importantly, they have the opportunity to learn about the One in whose sight they are precious! Children who come to the center timid and fearful from neglect or abuse slowly respond to love and attention. Amazing transformations take place. Much goes into operating a ministry to over 100 special needs children. Teachers, caregivers/dorm parents, cooks, transportation, housing (scattered rentals around town as of now), medical care, and school supplies must all be arranged and funded. The HIS Children sponsorship program helps pay for the physical care and schooling of the children each month. Funds are being raised to complete a permanent facility, now under construction, to house the children and provide much needed classroom space.
“And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42 NAS).