According to CNN-IBN, 2 million children die of hunger each year in India. That’s about 6,000 children dying everyday because they don’t have enough to eat. The Times of India reports that, “Malnutrition accounts for nearly 50% of child deaths in India.” It has gotten to a point where children will eat mud when they are hungry. Toxic, chemical-filled mud, making them sicker and sicker. The parent’s of these children have nowhere to turn. They don’t make enough money. If they are lucky, they can afford one meal each day. The BBC interviewed a few people from India. One mother replied, “My son’s name is Suraj, and he’s started eating mud too. What can we do? We eat the mud from the quarry when we feel hungry. Where do we get the money?” she asks. “We usually eat food only once a day. Last night we went to bed without eating anything at all.”
Those of us living in the wealth of countries like America, Canada, England, etc., find it hard to imagine this type of hunger. We find it easy to push it out of our minds because we don’t see it everyday. We don’t see these children begging on the streets. We don’t see these families going to bed with nothing in their stomachs. When we are made aware, we wonder: how can we possibly make a difference? But we must try! Will we ever be able to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty? I don’t know. Can we help at all? Yes!
Gospel for Asia has a program called Bridge of Hope that reaches out to the children and their families. Please watch the following video.
When you sponsor a child through the Bridge of Hope program you help provide a child with a hot, nutritious meal every day, medical check-ups, training for continued health and hygiene, clean water, and an education. All of this, for only $28 a month, and 100% of your money goes into the field to assist your sponsored child. Nothing is taken out for administrative costs or fundraising in the West. See how they do that here. Your gift is tax-deductible, and as someone who has had a relationship of giving with this ministry, I am confident in their ability to wisely use my donations, and yours, and they have a wonderful website to help you keep track of your giving and easily print out a year-end receipt for your taxes.
If you cannot commit to a monthly donation, please consider a one-time gift to the Unsponsored Children Fund whenever you can. Money donated to this program goes to help children in Bridge of Hope who have not yet found a permanent sponsor. I would also like to point out that I am sponsoring a GFA fundraiser to raise money for a Jesus Well, which would provide an entire village with clean water. The goal is $1000. A lack of access to clean water is also a part of the hunger problems of Asia. A one-time gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated, and if you share the link the appreciation will grow.
Every person who donates to the Jesus Well fundraiser will be prayed for, by me, be it $5 or $50. If you decide to sponsor a child through the Bridge of Hope program, please let me know. I would love to pray for you and your sponsored child.
For more information on the hunger problems in Asia, please visit the following links:
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’ And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.” ~ Matthew 19:14-15 (NLT)