Our Affiliated Project: The Stambalagaruvu Boys’ Home in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
From the snowcapped Himalayans to tropical beaches, India is truly a nation of contrasts. It boasts a rich history spanning tens of thousands of years. In fact, the earliest known civilization in South Asia once called India’s fertile Indus Valley home. Today, with the world’s second-largest population, India includes a staggering variety of ethnicities, languages, religions and cultures. Its wealth of natural resources and vibrant cultures, however, belie the abject poverty in which so many of India’s citizens live.
The city of Guntur, in the southeastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, is no exception to these maladies. Thousands of field laborers earn very low wages in this rice-producing region, which is susceptible to crop-destroying flooding and droughts. Due to widespread poverty, parents struggle to make ends meet, and few are able to send their children to school. For this reason, the Stambalagaruvu Boys’ Home — located in the outskirts of Guntur city — serves as a beacon of hope. Founded in 2010, the Stambalagaruvu Boys’ Home provides the poorest children of the Guntur slums and children from surrounding rural areas with shelter, nutrition and education. As a caring sponsor, you are providing these deserving students with the hope, education and opportunity they need in order to rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come.