WACAP has worked cooperatively with the Society for Indian Children’s Welfare (SICW) for over 30 years to help orphaned and vulnerable children living in or near Kolkata, India. In addition to finding adoptive families for hundreds of orphaned children, WACAP donors have supported SICW’s work in their local community. Recognizing that education is the key to empowerment and self-reliance, SICW supports impoverished children to begin and stay in school. “We have also tried to reach out to rural children, most of young bright minds, eager to get a chance to pursue their dreams of education and build a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.”
Shruthi* (pictured above) is an example of success. Shruthi is described as a “first generation learner” as neither of her parents had any formal schooling. Her family of six lives in a village in a single room house. Their only income comes from what her father earns by selling sweets at a local market, earning 1,200 rupees per month (about $27.00). Shruthi received SICW’s support for schooling as a ten year old in 2005. For the past six years, thanks to the generosity of a WACAP donor, Shruthi is still in school and studying hard. She recently wrote, “I am now in class ten. I love to study English and practice math.”
You can learn more about helping children in India here.
*child’s name has been changed for confidentiality