India Camp Project - Fall 2016
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 year during the Diwali festival, the government has mandated that Mukti children with any living family members return to their families for the national holiday. A small group of 25-40 girls are left behind, their status as orphans being ever more evident and heart breaking during this time. This year, our goal is to send a LIFE team from GAiN Canada to host a special camp for these girls during the festival season. We’re excited about this unique opportunity to serve a small group of girls as well as provide a needed rest for the caretakers throughout the day. Through providing opportunities to receive additional help with needed school topics to organizing activities to bless and encourage the girls, the team will be able to build focused relationships with a smaller group in need of love and encouragement during this challenging season.
If you are passionate about children and have a desire to bless and encourage this group of girls, consider joining us in India this fall!
Date: October 22- November 6, 2016
Team: Camp project. If you love spending time with children and building relationships, join us!
Cost: $3500 CAD
Application deadline: August 15, 2016
Purpose: To host a special camp of learning and activities to bless and encourage a small group of girls during the Diwali festival. These girls have no family to go to and are at Mukti during this season. This is very hard on the girls and so we want to provide something exciting for them to look forward to.
Note: vaccinations and spending money is not included in the project budget