Source: United Nations Policy Brief: The Impact of Covid-19 on Children
Thankfully, WorldShare’s ministry partners are already serving the most vulnerable children and families in their communities. Thanks to your generous and faithful support, they have been able to respond quickly to local needs, adapt their programmes and distribute food packages to those suffering from hunger and starvation. You can make a difference today by making a one-off gift or committing to a monthly donation.
As some of you may know, a vital way that WorldShare is helping transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children around the world is through our child sponsorship scheme, ChildAid. Pulak is a sponsored child in India, supported through our ministry partner JKPS. Read his story to find out how being sponsored has changed his life…
Pulak lives with his mother, Kakoli, in South Kolkata. His father worked as a cab driver but was addicted to alcohol and spent all his money on gambling and drinking. He sadly died. Even whilst he was still alive, Kakoli had to take up a job to support the family. Using the little money she earned working as a housemaid, she managed to enrol Pulak in the local government school.
Around that time, Kakoli heard about JKPS' ChildAid programme from one of her neighbours. After she approached the staff and told them her story, Pulak joined the programme in 2015. Since then his life has been transformed…
Pulak’s monthly school fees are paid for, he has access to the programme’s needs-based medical support, and he attends the free ChildAid tuition centre every evening. There, he is improving in his academic studies as well as learning inspiring stories of great heroes from the Bible which are helping to build his character. Not only that, he also receives regular school supplies including textbooks, stationery, a school bag and school uniform. All of these things have reduced Kakoli’s burden, helping her to save money for any future emergencies.
ChildAid is a huge blessing for both Pulak and Kakoli as they continue to endure hardships every day. When asked about his plans for the future, Pulak says: “I want to become a police officer. But more importantly, I want to grow up and earn a good income so that I can look after my mother.”
All of our ministry partners need financial support to provide for poor and vulnerable children in their communities. And in each of the countries where we operate our child sponsorship scheme (ChildAid), there are children like Pulak who desperately need a sponsor.
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