India Summer Project (Aug 2017)
India is a land of extreme opposites. As the economy develops and the country becomes more and more similar to North America, hundreds of millions are left behind in slums of poverty and living on less than $1 per day. In these situations, women and children become the most vulnerable. Combined with the overwhelming poverty in India, are cultural beliefs that women are less valuable are often abused or cast out of their homes. 53% of Indian kids face sexual abuse while of the 13% of all children engaged in labor in south Asia, India hosts more than half. Mukti Mission is all too familiar with this reality!
Founded in 1889 in India, Mukti’s aim has been to change the lives of young girls and destitute women through a range of initiatives that demonstrate the love of God, in a practical way.
By providing secure homes, these women and children have found stability, care, health, and acceptance regardless of their backgrounds. For some, these shelters were the first homes they ever had.
Mukti also supports the communities with other essential services:
- hospital and mobile medical clinic
- dairy and agricultural project
- community development and scholarship programs
- schools and vocational training courses
These programs and services provide a safe place for women and children to grow and live confident, independent lives.
The result is that a new generation of leaders are being trained and that women are returning to their communities to be transformed and empowered to break the cycle of poverty and desperation.
For 120 years, Mukti Mission has been caring for Indian woman and girls from its main home and throughout India with smaller expansion homes. Now, you have the chance to be a part of bringing hope to those living at Mukti.
Each August, GAiN Canada sends a LIFE team to Mukti Mission in India.
Our teams are comprised of a unique and diverse group of individuals who are passionate about investing their skill sets in varying ministry assignments throughout the day, serving in different areas across the main Mukti campus.
The project begins with meeting your teammates in country and going through cultural orientation training, teaching you what to expect on site at Mukti. Each day, the team meets for a morning briefing, followed by a devotional time together with all of Mukti’s staff. The team then moves into their morning ministry assignment (with a break for chai of course!) before heading to lunch, followed by an afternoon ministry assignment. There are always lots of opportunities to serve at Mukti and you could find yourself working alongside another Canadian teammate teaching in a school or perhaps working with Mukti staff in a farm field, helping in the nursery or in another area of need.
Late afternoons are spent for rest or playing games with the Mukti girls, you may also find yourself tutoring some of the older girls as they prepare for summer exams.
After a team dinner, evenings are filled with visits to the flower families, ministry as a team to the women or perhaps playing a game or studying scripture together.
On the weekend, you will have a chance to travel to a nearby city to see some sites and the project wraps up with a team debrief, a chance to reflect together and prepare for re-entry into Canada.
Our desire to match your passion and skill sets with a need in Mukti so you can serve in a practical and needed way throughout your time in India whether for two or four weeks. Our past teams have been a blessing and encouragement to the local staff and residents and we’re excited about the chance to return to Mukti this August!
Dates: August 2017
Option A: July 28-August 13
Option B: August 11-27
Option C: July 28-August 27
Team: Multi-purpose project. If you have two hands and a heart to serve in whatever way is needed, we would love to have you join us!
Option A: $3,500
Option B: $3,500
Option C: $4,200
(Includes airfare, accommodations, transport in-country, translators in-country, meals, project materials and travel insurance (vaccinations and personal spending money not included in costs))
Application deadline: May 26, 2017
Purpose: The team will be serving on the main Mukti campus in a variety of ways. We work hard to match your passions and skills with the needs of Mukti on the ground to allow our team to minister and serve in many needed ways.
Yes! I would like to join this project!
Please complete the form below with any questions or to request an application!