The Need is Urgent
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the 365 million Indians living in poverty the
That is why we are equipping our ministry partners to run Bible Clubs, which meet five nights a week, offering a safe environment for children to be mentored by caring Christian leaders.
How We Are Helping
Bible Clubs give children in desperate need the opportunity to feel safe, secure, and get the help they need with their education to free themselves from poverty.
It costs just £16 to give a child the chance to be part of a Children's Bible Club for an entire year!
Join With Us!
Children all across India are waiting to be part of a Bible Club and we need your support to reach them.
A gift of £16 will give a child the chance to be part of a Bible Club for an entire year.
Will you help restore joy to a child's life?
Sadly, this is far from what Elina was experiencing at this age. Elina’s dad, Babul, earned his income driving a van and spent the money he earned on alcohol; he regularly came home drunk. The reason? He was angry with his wife for having three daughters and no son.
Babul hated his daughters. He abused his wife for not giving birth to a boy and would often beat Elina and her sisters, too. The three girls spent nights sleeping on empty stomachs, having nothing to eat due to Babul’s habits.
The family’s poverty required Elina to drop out of school in sixth grade. However, she was determined to make use of her free time. Though she was known to be mischievous and didn’t treat others well, she had a caring heart: after dropping out of school, Elina wanted to ensure that her younger sisters could continue their studies.
Each day, Elina collected the plastic garbage she found in the streets and sold it to a plastic company. She walked all day under the hot sun, carrying a heavy bag on her back to put trash in. Her new life as a rag picker was a small source of income and left no happiness in her life.
Then, one evening, Elina was collecting trash in the street as usual, and from a distant house, she heard children singing. She walked that way and peeked inside to find a group of children singing songs, which Elina assumed was a school with enrolment fees. But then, one of the girls inside – a friend of Elina’s – saw her and shared that this was a Children’s Bible Club, free to attend.
The next day, Elina passed by again while she was collecting trash, but this time she set down her bag and walked in. She headed to the back row and watched all the activities. She did this for three days and the Bible Club leader, Sakhi, encouraged her to enrol.
As Elina became a regular attendee, Sakhi started to mentor her. She encouraged Elina to have better behaviour, and helped her academically. Elina liked Sakhi and paid close attention to what she taught. Finally, Elina had something to look forward to each day.
Gradually, the lessons Elina learned helped her to become more respectful of others. Her parents noticed a change in her behaviour at home and paid special attention to Elina. Amazingly, Babul even reduced his drinking!
When Himmat’s dad passed away, his mum remarried and had two children with her new husband—overlooking Himmat and the daughter she’d already had.
Himmat’s stepdad, Tushar, abused him—even beating Himmat when he asked to go to school. However, 10-year-old Himmat still desired to go as he watched the other neighbourhood children leave for school. Himmat asked his grandma to talk to his stepdad, but Tushar’s response was to beat him again.
Then, Himmat’s friend invited him to a Children’s Bible Club. He attended and was welcomed with a smile from the leader. Himmat enjoyed singing and dancing to the songs he learned, and also had the chance to paint pictures.
However, challenges arose when Tushar found out about the Bible Club and threatened Himmat, warning both him and the Bible Club leader that Himmat could not attend.
Tushar soon left the village with the family and continued to abuse Himmat. Thankfully, his grandma learned of the abuse and brought Himmat and his sister back to stay with her in their village.
Himmat was overjoyed to return to the Bible Club.
Ujay’s parents were stuck in poverty and dreamed of a better future for their children. They knew education was critical for this, so they sent Ujay and his siblings to the local school.
However, Ujay and his siblings had very limited knowledge of the subjects they were studying and struggled academically. Despite his difficulties, Ujay had a passion for learning. He worked hard, but he made no progress in his studies and earned low grades.
Ujay felt discouraged and frustrated. His parents wished they could do something for him, but they didn’t know how to help him themselves and couldn’t afford a tutor.
One evening while Ujay was doing homework, a woman named Wafia walked by. She saw his intent focus and went to speak with his parents about the Year-Long Children’s Bible Club she led, where Ujay could receive free tutoring.
They gladly enrolled him, and Ujay was soon enjoying the many activities at the Bible Club. He had always liked playing games, but here at the Bible Club, there was sports equipment that he didn’t have access to before. He became passionate about sports and began to play badminton, soccer, and cricket. During these activities, Wafia encouraged Ujay and the other children to use good sportsmanship.
Wafia also provided Ujay with the academic help he needed. Each day, time was set aside for the boys and girls to do their homework. Wafia helped each of them with their studies, and gradually, Ujay’s grades improved! Beyond his school subjects, Ujay developed his communication skills and vocabulary.