To your sponsored child, you are like family. Your donation to the Family Gift fund not only helps your child, but also provides relief to every family in our program.
The pandemic continues to deeply affect families in every country where Children International works. Sponsored families tell us their greatest needs right now are food and household supplies. Here's what staple items typically cost in the countries where our children live.
Having enough to eat is still one of our families' greatest needs.
Soap and cleaning supplies are critical, especially now.
Paying rent or fixing a leaking roof can greatly improve a family's quality of life.
New bedding and pillows ensure a better night's sleep.
Note: Your gift will be delivered in the form of a gift card
or voucher so that the family can use it for their specific needs.
Two families share how they've made it through a difficult year.
Last year was particularly difficult for Asifa because she lost her mother. Her mom suffered from a previously diagnosed illness, but because the hospitals were overcrowded with COVID-19 patients, she received inadequate care and passed away. As Asifa grieves, she must juggle managing the household as her mother once did while taking online college courses. Her father, a cab driver in Kolkata, found little work during the shutdown but began driving again when restrictions were lifted.
“Within the span of seven months, I became an adult,” she says. Now 20 and graduated from the program, she hopes to refocus on her education, even as India faces a second wave of COVID-19 infections and lockdowns. Asifa remains heartened that her neighbors have come together during these difficult times. “The entire community stood together, fought together and learned together,” she says. “We realized we can fight the odds better when together as one.”
Jessica’s pandemic experience became even more traumatic when the 18-year-old was briefly kidnapped by a man offering her work. She managed to escape her captor and seek help, suffering no physical harm. Children International provided psychological resources to help her heal emotionally from the incident.
Her family earns very little money, so food has continued to be their greatest need. “Sometimes we have had enough to eat, sometimes not,” says Jessica’s mother. “There have been times when we haven’t had food for up to three days.” Jessica greatly appreciates the food assistance the family has received from the program, and she has also benefitted from additional support from her sponsor.
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