As he continues his visits to our affiliated sites in India, Luis Bourdet visits the Grace Aaron Child Care Center, where students are very happy to be in attendance.

“The town of Burgampahad, in the southeastern Indian state of Telangana, is where the Grace Aaron Child Care Center is located,” explained Luis Bourdet.

“Within this rice-producing region, which is susceptible to crop-destroying flooding and droughts, thousands of field laborers earn very low wages. Due to the resulting widespread poverty, few parents are able to send their children to school. For this reason, the Grace Aaron Childcare Center serves as a beacon of hope. Founded by the Church of South India, this boarding home provides shelter, nutrition and educational support for girls from the region’s poorest families. In this way the Grace Aaron Childcare Center offers these deserving young women from impoverished households the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty in which they live.”

Luis meets with our coordinator

“Next I visited Grace Aaron, which was a hostel in the past, and children used to live here as they were supported by our sponsorship program. Flooding from the nearby Godavari river has affected the facilities a few times, and a new disposition of the local government, where children could not stay at private hostels, unless a school is present within the compound, has turned this facility to a child care center,” said Luis.

“The children love to be here, and they welcomed me with some interesting local dances, and a display of henna markings in their hands that were very impressive.”

“Mrs. J. Jesantha, which was a coordinator of the Dornakal Girls Hostel before, is now the person in charge of this center. The building where the dorms were is now utilized as classrooms and dining hall, with a new area/building being the main area for classroom work, meetings and for homework.”

“The pandemic had something to do with the transformation of this facility as well, as parents migrated to the town but had no way to support their children and send them to school. The schedule here is busy as usual and the children arrive at the center every day very early in the morning, and are given breakfast and sent to school,” said Luis.

“In the afternoon, after returning from school, they are given lunch and dinner, provided with homework help, provided with some recreational activities, and sent home after 7 p.m. The children love to be here, and they welcomed me with some interesting local dances, and a display of henna markings in their hands that were very impressive.”

“After meeting the coordinator about the Children Incorporated sponsorship program, I then had a delicious meal, with plenty of dhal that is a favorite food of mine,” said Luis.

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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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