In New Delhi, Global Ministries visited with Santosh of the Indian Samaritans program to learn about their efforts to dismantle caste-based discrimination and uphold human dignity, one of the sites we were able to visit is Nagli Jalib. The project, called the Enrichment Empowerment Center, strives to educate children about options beyond systemic oppression. Santosh is a local pastor who loves children. He has a heart for God's people.
These young women are a part of the Indian Samaritans program. They showed us their community and introduced us to their parents. This was such a humbling experience. Families invited us into their homes to chat and tell us how the program was transforming their lives.
Indian Samaritans serve economically underprivileged children by supporting their education, empowerment, and employment. They work with parents and schools to ensure that the children succeed in education and are prepared to enter the workforce when they finish school. Almost all of the children are first-generation students. It is Santosh's hope that the children do not leave the program for any reason and continue their education past grade 9. It might be shocking to realize that large numbers of people throughout the world who have no formal education and that poverty and child marriages still directly impact a child's access to education.
This program aims to break the cycle of poverty among children living in extreme poverty in India. Indian Samaritans also focus on the issues of child labor, malnutrition, school dropout rates, child marriages, and discrimination against disabled women and widows.
Global Ministries has been supporting this program for four years. With your support, this program is able to provide teachers with the program.