Transforming an Entire Slum!
My team Leon, Don, and Dodie just returned from India and we had an awesome time! Within weeks of the same time, a team from a church in California was there as well. We both visited this particular slum in South India where a representative of Operation Mobilization India, Peter from South Africa and his wife Priscilla, are serving. OM India has received favor with the local government and will be involved in moving the entire slum to a new location. OM India will be given multi-purpose building there which will likely become a medical clinic, tailoring school, and the beginnings of a Dalit Education Center for the children. Frank, from the California church, sent this link of video footage they shot there. Take a look at this exciting video.
Livin' in a Drain Pipe
Some Indian families who have found themselves hopelessly in debt to money lenders are assigned to work off their debt at a pipe factory. Earning about $1.75 per day (before paying 1/2 to the money-lender, families are stuck serving as "bonded laborers" in a never-ending situation.
Back from India and Forever Impacted!
On my first trip to India and I was ready to be totally overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and smells. But I was so fascinated by the work and mission of the teams we visited that nothing distracted me. Yes, there were strange foods. After eating various varieties of curry chicken for several days, we stopped at a Pizza Hut at the airport and got a "supreme pizza." You guessed it: the meat was chicken, and the sauce (can you believe it) was curry! Another twist - no beef at McDonalds which makes sense, in that cows are sacred to the Hindus. (I took this picture of the menu at the McDonalds.)
From Illiterate to High School Graduate
While in India, I had the privilege of seeing a Dalit Education Center at the very beginning with lower kindergarten students, and later to see the level 10 students graduate, ready to go on to college or face the job market. With the help of our organization and partners like yourself, these "Untouchables" have truly changed their destiny. Although "legally" every child has certain rights to an education, generally it cannot happen without groups like OM India standing in solidarity for these oppressed kids. If you would like to learn how to help a student, click here.