The World Bank estimates that one third of all the very poorest people in the world live in India. Though with a booming information technology industry, the number of children that are severely malnourished has not improved.
Here in Singapore, we would worry when our children miss a meal or two for a few days. Do you know that many poor children in India eat only once a day regularly and on some days go without eating anything at all? They are so desperate, hungry and malnourished that they are even eating bits of mud and silica to fill their hungry stomach. With such diets since young, children as young as three years old are already in the early stages of kidney failures. (Read who are the children)
Along with malnutrition come frequent diarrhea, malaise, and dehydration. For the poorest of the poor quality medical care is non-existent.
Some 3,000 children die daily due to illnesses related to poor diets. 42% of children under the age of five are underweight, according to a recent government survey. They are not just statistics but real children who are precious in God’s eyes.
It’s heartbreaking that children’s plight begin with malnourished mothers – a vicious cycle that needs to be broken. We can help to break the cycle by sponsoring a child through Bridge of Hope. Our contribution can make a BIG difference to the lives of these little ones who are so precious in God’s eyes. You provide each sponsored child Jesus’ love, quality education, daily meal and medical care. (Read more about what you provide)
100% of child sponsorship donations goes directly to the Bridge of Hope centres in Asia without deducting anything for administrative costs. (Read more about Financial Principles of GFA)
J and I decided to sponsor two little girls last year after reading “Revolution in World Mission“. After which I volunteered to blog for GFA to share about the plight of the Dalits who are considered less than human under the Hindu caste system. (I have to confess that I am not very faithful in writing but I will do better to write monthly). The more I read and research about them, the more I feel for them. I hope you will take time to find out more about them and make a difference to their lives.
When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36
I’m delighted to hear from my husband that a friend of ours is also sponsoring a child through Gospel of Asia. You can make a difference to the ONE you sponsor too.
Would you be their bridge of Hope?
- Gospel for Asia – Bridge of Hope
- Dalits and their Caste system
- A failure to feed
- India’s Economic Growth Leaves Starving Children Behind
- Diet of mud and despair in Indian village
- 2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics