India is big, crowded, and diverse. It is full of joy, laughter, sadness, and frustration. Immense poverty exists throughout the country and it can be hard to absorb and especially hard to understand. While in New Delhi, we visited with Santosh of The Indian Samaritans Program to learn about their efforts to dismantle caste-based discrimination and uphold human dignity. The project, called The Enrichment Empowerment Center, strives to educate children about options beyond systematic oppression. Santosh is a local pastor who loves children and has a heart for God's people.
With Santosh’s guidance, we visited a center called Kirby Place where we met many children and families. People came up to Santosh to say hi and to share about their day. Most live in slums and are oppressed by caste-based discrimination. It was a joy to see their smiles. Santosh hopes that through education and empowerment, the minds of children will be transformed so that they may believe they can achieve more than child marriage or what their parents experienced.
Before we left, we asked Santosh what we could do to support his efforts. He said that it is helpful to receive the financial support that these children need, but prayers are needed the most. Please pray for the children of The Indian Samaritans Program, for their futures, education, and families.
It is the hope of The Indian Samaritans that we pray for them and continue to support them as they strive to help change the futures of children, that they grow in believing that they can become more than they even hope to achieve.
Read more about the work of the Indian Samaritan Program here.