illiteracy and archaic social practices, including female
infanticide, have plagued the rural areas of India. Children
of extreme poverty have no hope for a future without food,
education and care.
The troubling facts:
- India still has the world's largest number
of impoverished people in a single country. Of its nearly
1 billion inhabitants, an estimated 350-400 million are
below the poverty line, 75 per cent of them in the rural
- Malnutrition affects nearly 50% of children
under 5 in India, causing stunted growth and physical and
learning disabilities. · In India, only 40% of females will
finish school, leaving the majority unable to provide for
themselves or their families.
- The dowry system continues to flourish
in India contributing to the low status of women and causing
despair in poor parents of daughters.
- Female infanticide is still practiced,
killing an estimated 10% of girls born in the region surrounding
the Glorious Children's Home.
hearing the desperate cry of the women and children of India,
Precious Daughters partnered with Body of Christ Ministries
in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and Unreached Villages of Bandon,
Oregon, to provide full time care for as many as 100 children.
The Glorious Children's Home opens its doors to children who
are abandoned at birth, experiencing hardship in their families
such as the loss of a parent or physical disability, suffering
extreme poverty, and orphaned. Since opening the home in 1999,
we have expanded to include an infant dorm, boys and girl's
dorm, bath house, kitchens and laundry facilities and even
an American style playground. Each child attends school full-time,
is given room and board and enjoys all of the love and care
that a child should receive.
STORY (as told by her care givers in India):
was born into a Hindu family. Being the fifth daughter in
a society where daughters are often viewed as nothing more
than a financial burden; her parents saw no hope for the future
and simultaneously committed suicide just after her birth,
leaving their five girls alone. Relatives refused to help,
and Santhiya's grandmother was so old she could not work to
support her granddaughters. With no income, there was hardly
enough food and clothing for the girls.
Lord saw Santhiya's need and blessed her by bringing her to
Body of Christ Ministries where she has been taken care of,
become a part of a loving family, and has learned about Christ
and His unfailing love. Santhiya enjoys attending church services,
Sunday school classes, and daily devotionals with her sisters,
both blood and adopted, and caretakers at the Glorious Children's
Home. Santhiya is a little prayer warrior, taking everything
to the Lord through prayer and intercession. Though she had
a difficult road to get where she is, she has been blessed
continually with words of love and encouragement from those
around her, and the love of God is embedded deeply within
her heart. Though a quiet child, Santhiya wins everyone over
with her sweet, gentle spirit. She is continually striving
to see the best in others and always offers a helping hand
is going well for Santhiya and she continues to learn not
just through daily classes and studies but through adventures
she finds herself on while reading books. She enjoys coloring,
drawing, and just "hanging out" with the other girls. The
Lord is a strong force in her life and it's evident in the
way she lives as a true servant of God. The pain from her
past has given her a deep compassion and love for others who
have hurts they are trying to overcome. The Lord will work
mightily through Santhiya's past pains. He has opened a door
to her future and she has already begun the journey, striving
for His high calling, wherever He may lead.
CAN YOU HELP?
The Glorious Children's Home provides children with the love
and support of caring Christian workers, an education including
books and all necessary supplies, clothing, healthy food and
a safe place to call home. Established in 1999, in Tamil Nadu,
India, the home brings hope to orphans and children of extreme
poverty and neglect.
monthly support could mean the difference between life and
death for a child in Tamil Nadu, India.
is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied)
to give than to receive". Acts 20:35
$25 monthly contribution provides a home, education, nutritious
food, clothing and other necessities including books, school
supplies, personal hygiene items, toys and more for a needy
child in India.
make it possible for our workers to care for a child, assessing
their needs, helping them with homework, providing medical
attention if necessary and giving loving support to each
of your contribution will provide for the needs of a child
in India. Precious Daughters does not use support funds
for overhead or any other expenses - every penny goes to
gift is tax deductible; our non-profit status allows you
to write off any amount you give.
Daughters works to build the body of Christ by raising up
people like you to fulfill their destiny in Him. We have a
place for you and your gifts! For over 10 years we have made
the difference in children's lives by providing them with
love and a hope for their future. This is your opportunity
to enjoy fellowship with amazing people and serve the Lord
at the same time.
the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the right of
the poor and oppressed." Psalm 82:2-4
2005 I became aware of the amazing Glorious Children's Home
in India through friends of mine. Information about the children
and their needs grabbed hold of my heart and I knew this was
definitely a need I wanted to support. As a child sponsor,
I only heard of these little ones and saw their photos in
my monthly newsletter from Precious Daughters.
in 2006 God opened a door for me to travel to Ramasswaram
on a 3 week mission trip. It was wonderful interacting with
the kids each day whether it was playing games, jumping rope
or assisting Hannah as she gave them violin lessons. They
would wait with their beautiful smiles patiently each day
trusting we had more love and laughter to pour upon them.
of our time was spent brainstorming and praying about the
children's needs and prioritizing updates to their living
situations. We were able to take part in a ground-breaking
celebration to build the girls enclosed showers and toilets.
It was so good to witness and then later see photo's of the
several wonderful tables and benches have been purchased for
the children to have a place to work on their school studies.
As a regular supporter, I know that our love-offering each
month is blessing the children in India and we look forward
to hearing about more needs for God's "precious little ones".
Harbaugh, Portland, OR