"Oppression of the week insults the creator, he is honored by those who have compassion on the needy."
The India Children's Sponsorship Care Program began in 1999 and is located in the Diocese of Eluru in West Godavari District, Southeastern India. It is administered by the Social Service Center, which is an official wing of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Eluru. It's mission is to serve the poor with various socio-economic educational developmental projects irrespective of caste, color, race or religion.
The operational area of the program is affected by natural calamities, e.g., drought, floods and cyclones resulting in acute shortages of food commodities and drinking water. The people's main source of income is from agriculture, which amounts to approximately 30 Rupees a day. The people are innocent and uneducated and a major work of the Social Service Center is to convince the parents of the necessity of education for their children.
One of the reasons that parents do not want their children educated is the "higher education-larger dowry" principle. If the daughter is too well educated, she would command a marriage dowry that the poor could not afford, therefore, they tend to marry her off at an early age to the lowest bidder. Boys also suffer from lack of education because of the necessity to go to work to help support the family.
We currently have 84 children beneficiaries in this program, with 30 of them now receiving higher education. Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty in which these families live.
World of Hope Foundation's Pennsylvania Chapter members administer this Sponsorship Care Program for children and the poor.