As our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, continues his travels in India visiting our affiliated sites, he tells us about the Lou Ann Long Girls’ Hostel, in which children in our program are in need of bed and linens for a comfortable nights rest.

About the Lou Ann Long GIRLS’ HOSTEL

“The small town of Yadagiri, where the Lou Ann Long Girls’ Hostel is located, is in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Drought is a constant threat in this agricultural community, and employment opportunities are severely limited. Field laborers earn an average of only forty cents a day and struggle to provide even the most basic necessities for their children,” said Luis.

“Moreover, with shorter life expectancies, much lower literacy rates, and markedly inferior social and economic status than males, young women in India begin life at a disadvantage. Thankfully, the Lou Ann Long Girls’ Hostel is able to provide boarding, nutrition, and a quality education for area girls who come from families living in poverty. At the home, deserving young women receive the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances they face.”

“The home is administered by the Methodist Diocese of India, and like the Chandrakal Home, they received our support through the main office of the Methodist Church, as well as from Children Incorporated,” said Luis.

“Children at this home stay here during the duration of the educational year, although some stay during vacation time. Most of the children will be going home during vacation (India follows a similar school year as in the U.S.). Children Incorporated support is utilized to cover the cost of staying in the home, including the provision of food, educational supplies, clothing and shoes, as well as food support for the families when large additional gifts are sent closer to their vacation time.”

Seeing the home for himself

“Currently, the girls at Lou Ann Long are staying at a dorm built with the support of Children Incorporated. However, the administrators are using the former dorm for the girls to play and other recreational activities. The children attend a local school, located not far from this facility, also run by the Methodist Church. They are all enrolled in that school, with the exception of a couple of girls that are attending university thanks to sponsorship support through our Higher Education Fund,” said Luis.

“During my visit, I noticed that the Lou Ann Long Girls’ Hostel does not have beds for the children, as it is customary for them to sleep on small mats. I have mentioned that we could provide those, as they see the benefit of beds, so we are working on this support. Lou Ann Long needs some improvements to the facilities, however, they did not mention that the building would be better with a touch of paint, and cleaning, and perhaps sealing the roofs to avoid leaking. Because of the lack of funding, prevention is not important for these centers, as they live month to month. We’ll follow up to see what Children Incorporated could do to support these needs.”


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written by Shelley Callahan

Shelley is the Director of Development for Children Incorporated. She is also the lead social correspondent, regularly contributing insights through the Stories of Hope blog series. Sign up for Stories of Hope to receive weekly email updates about how your donations are changing the lives of children in need.

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