Sometimes known as the "Festival of Lights," Diwali is a Hindu celebration that takes place every year between mid-October and mid-November. As one of the most important events in the Hindu faith, Diwali represents different meanings to followers of the different denominations of Hinduism. During this year's Diwali celebration, which takes place Nov. 3, ChildFund will be launching our Give Back to India campaign, a chance for the U.S. Indian immigrant community to learn more about our projects and programs in their home country and help children in need to live a more fulfilling life.
In India alone, there are more than 7,000 children waiting
to be sponsored. For these children and their families, even basic essentials
such as nutritious food, clean water and health care are out of reach. This not
only endangers their health but also jeopardizes their chances of emerging from
Approximately one-third of the world's poorest children live in India, according to data from the World Bank. This is why beloved Indian actress Sridevi, the "first female superstar of Bollywood," has partnered with ChildFund to raise awareness of the plight of Indian children and encourage Indian Americans to help children and their families living in poverty in their home country.
Although sponsoring a child is
one of the best ways you can help a boy or girl emerge from poverty, it is by
no means the only way you can help Indian children.
Many of ChildFund's special projects in India focus on empowering marginalized women and girls, such as providing educational opportunities to girls living in underserved communities like Udaan. Our scholarship project aims to enable young women to continue their education beyond high school by subsidizing their school costs, giving them the chance to pursue careers and live productive, fulfilling lives.
Education is not the only thing that many Indian children often go without. The need for basic health care is urgent in some communities, and many families simply cannot afford to send their children to a doctor for routine checkups and other preventive care. For children living with disabilities, these checkups can be even more important, as without regular visits to a physician, the physical and cognitive difficulties experienced by these children can progressively worsen. That's why our Gifts of Love & Hope catalog allows you to make a $31 donation to provide health care checkups to Indian children living with disabilities.
According to UNICEF, there are more than 25 million orphaned
children living in India. Many of these children have lost their parents from
AIDS and other preventable diseases, and although orphanages do the best they
can to feed these children, there are often times when there simply is not
enough food to go around.
A gift of just $120 can provide food for 30 Indian orphans for an entire week. Not only will this prevent children from going hungry, it will also provide them with the vital nourishment and nutrients they need to grow up healthy. Without the continued support and generosity of our donors, we couldn't help as many children.
This Diwali, please consider giving back to India. With so many ways to help, you can make a difference in the lives of children in need across India and give them the hope of a brighter future.