Another Monday, another project director letter. Are you ready, kids? Aye, aye, captain!
Anyway, onto the letter, from IN-804, which is the project my Kalpesh attends.
Greetings to you!
I am Pastor P., Project Director of the Compassion International Child Development Center attended by your sponsored child. Thank you so much for sponsoring Kalpesh. This center is located in Kothada, in the Northern region of India. We are thankful for your valuable sponsorship.
The church and center are serving in this area for many years. We have a proper church building in the community. The church is catering to the nearby villages too. The center is a wonderful strategy to get connected with the local community.
The community which we are ministering to are tribal people and most of the inhabitants are living in small huts. There are many challenges in the community here. They do not have constant employment and sickle cell anemia is found among children and parents. Addiction, illiteracy, malnutrition, and unhygienic living conditions are also prevalent. The often migrate to some nearby towns for employment.
The biggest problem we face here is child marriage; boys at the age of 15-16 and girls as they reach 14-15 get married. Children are also often neglected. It is challenging to mold the community, but working with the children has given us an opportunity to impact a new generation.
We want our children to get a quality education and have better futures. We see children improving in their academics. Our regular parent meetings and awareness programs are constantly challenging parents on the issue of child marriage and alcoholism. Parents started cooperating with the church now and are taking interest in the education of their children.
We are also training and helping the parents to provide livelihood options such as cow rearing. We see behavioral changes in some parts of their lives. We are constantly working with them. Sponsored children are learning vocational skills, especially music, computer, and sports and they are excelling.
Sponsor letters are a blessing for our children. They feel valued to have letters. They are eagerly waiting for the letters. It amazes them to think about how a person who has never seen them or met them sends letters, gifts, and assistance to them. We urge all sponsors to write letters, as they can mean so much.
We are requesting you to pray for the sponsored children and families with sickle cell anemia, for more sustainable livelihood opportunities, that the addicted parents would be released from alcoholism. Please also pray for the center staff who are working hard, and pray for the eleven children who are appearing in the tenth grade board exam this year.
We are once again grateful for your kind help. Thank you again for your support of Kalpesh. We praise and thank God for you. We are constantly praying for you, along with our center children.