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August 7th, 2014

It is estimated that one out of three malnourished children in the world live in India. At Destiny India Schools children between 3 and 6 years old are instructed in basic language skills, reading, writing and arithmetic. Children in these schools are fed a nutritions meal daily so they can flourish in school.

Slums don’t have to be places of despair. Education and proper nutrition are keys that open doors of opportunity for children growing up in poverty.

$10,000 can support a school of 50 children for 1 year
$1,000 can support a school of 50 children for 1 month
$500 can support 25 children for 1 month
$100 can support 5 children for 1 month
$20 per month can support 1 child in a Destiny India School for one month

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Photo of the Week: To Change the World

August 4th, 2014

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela 

1 in 6 Indians live in a slum with conditions “unfit for human habitation” according to a recent Indian census. Children are the most vulnerable to the dangers lurking in these slums. The margin for error is razor thin when you live on a street or next to a railway. Every makeshift wire that powers a light or open flame poses a hazard. Education is the difference between shifting back into a generation-defining cycle of poverty or living up to the potential God creates in the hearts and minds of every child born in this world, regardless of circumstance. Destiny India Schools give slum children (the poorest of the poor) an opportunity to fulfill a destiny God is redeeming out of an otherwise lost and hopeless generation.

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Destiny India – Meet Haleena

July 31st, 2014

Destiny India 

It is estimated that one out of three malnourished children* and one third of the world’s poor live in India*. India’s largest city, Mumbai, is home to the largest slum population in the country. Some of the city’s poorest and most desperate families end up here. These slums are also places of hope, where a small investment of resources can take a child out of crushing poverty and into a life he or she only could have hoped and dreamed for.

It only takes a small investment at the right time in a child’s life, to change their entire destiny.

The Destiny India program strives to unlock the doors of opportunity for slum children so that they have a chance of escaping the trap of poverty by providing the keys to overcoming some of their greatest challenges, namely pre-school education, nutrition, medical care, and mentoring. The program offers practically free schooling for children between the ages of 3 and 6 in some of Mumbai’s poorest slums. In these small pre-schools, children are instructed in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. They receive uniforms, are fed a hot meal daily, undergo regular medical check-ups, are given the opportunity to learn, giving them hope and access to a bright future.


Haleena 

Haleena makes her way to school every morning through the crowded streets of her slum. Cars, masses of people and the occasional cow avoiding getting struck by a speeding auto rickshaw dart about her as she carries her backpack of school supplies. She is 4-years-old, and unlike most children in her slum, Haleena has the opportunity to receive an education. Young girls living in such situations have an especially difficult time, as education is expensive and girls seem to have more value helping in the home than sitting in a classroom. Because of Destiny India Schools, Haleena’s life is vastly different than that of those around her. She now has the opportunity to learn and grow in ways her family never dreamed of.

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Not only is Haleena receiving an education, but her basic needs are being meet as well. Every day in school Haleena receives a hot, nutritious meal. She has access to safe drinking water and is given a school uniform, complete with shoes to protect her feet from the dirty slum roads.  Haleena’s favorite color is orange. Below she proudly shows the class her bright orange backpack.

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Haleena is very smart and learns quickly. Through her school Haleena has learned to speak, read and write in two languages – English and Hindi. Living in an area were most grown adults can’t read or write, Haleena is being set up to succeed in life. Though it is not her first language, Haleena’s favorite subject in school is English and she excels at it.

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In school Haleena learns that she can achieve anything she works hard for. In a situation where most young girls futures are destined for poverty, Haleena dreams of becoming a doctor.

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Because of Destiny India Schools, Haleena has a hope for her future. She now plays a key role in breaking the generational cycle of poverty. $20 a month is all it takes to allow a child to go to school. Would you join us in the fight to end poverty?

 Interview date 7/09. To find out more please visit sowerofseeds.org/destiny

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Photo of the Week: “I’m Here!”

July 28th, 2014

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”- Robert Frost 

Education plays a key role is transforming the lives of children born in a slum. Without an education these children run the risk of getting trapped in the same poverty cycle as many who still live in slums many years after they arrive in the city. Through Destiny India Schools, children do not just receive an education, but they also get the love and care they need to flourish in life. As their basic needs of food, water and hygienic care are met, their personalities and dreams are awakened.

“Little Ashu, was terrified of school on his first day. The following weeks all he did was cry. Through much patience and understanding, the teachers kept working on him and loving upon him until he was comfortable. Now the transformation is visible. Ashu comes to school every day and announces ‘I’m here!’” – SOS Project Representative

School boys

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Destiny India – Meet Athi Raja

July 24th, 2014

Destiny India 

It is estimated that one out of three malnourished children* and one third of the world’s poor live in India*. India’s largest city, Mumbai, is home to the largest slum population in the country. Some of the city’s poorest and most desperate families end up here. These slums are also places of hope, where a small investment of resources can take a child out of crushing poverty and into a life he or she only could have hoped and dreamed for.

It only takes a small investment at the right time in a child’s life, to change their entire destiny.

The Destiny India program strives to unlock the doors of opportunity for slum children so that they have a chance of escaping the trap of poverty by providing the keys to overcoming some of their greatest challenges, namely pre-school education, nutrition, medical care, and mentoring. The program offers practically free schooling for children between the ages of 3 and 6 in some of Mumbai’s poorest slums. In these small pre-schools, children are instructed in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. They receive uniforms, are fed a hot meal daily, undergo regular medical check-ups, are given the opportunity to learn, giving them hope and access to a bright future.


Athi Raja

Athi Raja lives with his family in one of the poorest, most crowded areas of Mumbai. His neighborhood looks like a maze, with narrow dirty pathways leading in all directions. Shanty upon shanty are stacked side by side and multiple stories high. As far as you can see there are people, rushing about their busy day. This is a neighborhood were the very fight for survival leaves many families and children behind. Athi Raja was 3-years-old when he first joined a Destiny India School. Now, 5-years-old, he is in our senior kindergarten program.

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Athi Raja learns many things in school. In addition to receiving basic education, Athi Raja learns to care for himself. He learns to brush his teeth, bathe everyday and drink lots of water. He learns the importance of eating healthy and is feed a balanced meal every afternoon. Like many kids in our Density India schools, as Athi Raja’s basic needs are cared for his personality begins to flourish. Athi Raja’s favorite color is yellow.

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Athi Raja’s favorite subject in school is reading. He is taught to read and write in two languages – English and Hindi. Reading helps open Athi Raja’s mind to life outside of his slum.  He reads stories about children from all over the world.

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Athi Raja has many dreams and aspirations. When he grows up he hopes to become a pilot. Thanks to Destiny India Schools, Athi Raja’s hopes can become realities.

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Destiny India Schools have radically changed Athi Raja’s future. Without this school, Athi had no way of receiving an education and moving up in society. $20 a month is all it takes to support a child. Would you help us unlock their future?

 Interview date 7/09. To find out more please visit sowerofseeds.org/destiny

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Photo of the Week: Education – The Great Equalizer

July 21st, 2014

“Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” – Horace Mann

Families from vastly different regions and languages often find themselves sharing a common plight in India’s slums. Driven from farms by drought, backbreaking poverty or other circumstances, small groups of mostly illiterate and desperate families try their hand at making a new life in the city. Hope brings them to these places, but in the overcrowded squalor of a slum it is easily displaced by despair. In a city like Mumbai, where 20 million other desperate individuals are competing for the same resources, survival seems to depend on the sheer forces of determination, strength and luck.

Destiny India Schools give children who grow up in these slums an opportunity to fulfill their destiny and to embark on their life’s path with essential educational, nutritional and mentoring support.

Group

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India Is Home to More Poor People Than Anywhere Else on Earth | TIME

July 18th, 2014

“One third of the world’s 1.2 billion poorest people live in India, according to the latest Millennium Development Goals report by the U.N. … India also accounted for the highest number of under-five deaths in the world in 2012, with 1.4 million children not reaching their fifth birthday.”

via India Is Home to More Poor People Than Anywhere Else on Earth | TIME.

Destiny India – Meet Sriyya

July 17th, 2014

Destiny India 

It is estimated that one out of three malnourished children* and one third of the world’s poor live in India*. India’s largest city, Mumbai, is home to the largest slum population in the country. Some of the city’s poorest and most desperate families end up here. These slums are also places of hope, where a small investment of resources can take a child out of crushing poverty and into a life he or she only could have hoped and dreamed for.

It only takes a small investment at the right time in a child’s life, to change their entire destiny.

The Destiny India program strives to unlock the doors of opportunity for slum children so that they have a chance of escaping the trap of poverty by providing the keys to overcoming some of their greatest challenges, namely pre-school education, nutrition, medical care, and mentoring. The program offers practically free schooling for children between the ages of 3 and 6 in some of Mumbai’s poorest slums. In these small pre-schools, children are instructed in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. They receive uniforms, are fed a hot meal daily, undergo regular medical check-ups, are given the opportunity to learn, giving them hope and access to a bright future.


 Sriyya 

In a society plagued by poverty, the responsibility of caring for children often falls on siblings and other children. Older siblings, especially girls, are often burdened with the responsibility to stay and care for the home and younger children while mom and dad  work. A girl’s education is often sacrificed when a family struggles daily to meet their basic needs.

Sriyya is 5-yeras-old. She has been in a Destiny India School for two years. She grew up in poverty, but she is enthusiastic and thriving.

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When Sriyya first joined school, she was severely malnourished. Daily encouragement and proper nutrition has helped transform her. Thanks to loving teachers, who encouraged her to learn about herself and her world, Sriyya has grown into a playful young girl. Her favorite color is orange.

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Sriyya’s favorite subject in school is math. She counts 4 dogs, 8 apples and 10 fish with ease.

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When Sriyya grows up she wants to be a driver. Though her dreams for the future may change as she grows, Sriyya has been set up to succeed. She has been taught and shown that she has value and her opinions matter.

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Destiny India Schools play a crucial role in changing the fate of little girl’s lives. For $20 a month you can have an impact on their future.

 Interview date 7/09. To find out more please visit sowerofseeds.org/destiny

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Photo of the Week: The Best They Could Give

July 14th, 2014

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” – Margaret Mead

“Pradnya, a 3-year-old girl, used to be like the rest of the kids in her slum – wandering the streets with no shoes on her feet, playing in the filth, always hungry, malnourished and weak. After just one year of being in a Destiny India School, she is unrecognizable from her old self. Who would have thought this little 3-year-old’s life could be transformed one day? And all it took was the will of a bunch of caring people who decided to serve a slum community with the best they could give.” – SOS outreach partner.

School girls

 

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Destiny India – Meet Abishek

July 10th, 2014

Destiny India 

It is estimated that one out of three malnourished children* and one third of the world’s poor live in India*. India’s largest city, Mumbai, is home to the largest slum population in the country. Some of the city’s poorest and most desperate families end up here. These slums are also places of hope, where a small investment of resources can take a child out of crushing poverty and into a life he or she only could have hoped and dreamed for.

Financial means is not the only limited resource in a slum.

In developing economies, hard work is often not enough to guarantee success. To earn and scrape together the resources necessary for survival, parents have to work long and hard hours in low-paying menial jobs (the only jobs available for the illiterate and the poor), making it impossible for parents to invest the time and attention little growing minds require. When pairing this reality with poor nutrition, most children do not develop the mental capacity to function at the minimum level required to advance in elementary school. This virtually disqualifies them from competing for a seat in a public school, even if it is free.

It only takes a small investment at the right time in a child’s life, to change their entire destiny.

The Destiny India program strives to unlock the doors of opportunity for slum children so that they have a chance of escaping the trap of poverty by providing the keys to overcoming some of their greatest challenges, namely pre-school education, nutrition, medical care, and mentoring. The program offers practically free schooling for children between the ages of 3 and 6 in some of Mumbai’s worst slums. In these small pre-schools, children are instructed in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. They receive uniforms, are fed a hot meal daily, undergo regular medical check-ups, are given the opportunity to learn, giving them hope and access to a bright future.


Abishek

Abishek lives with his family in one of Asia’s largest slums. He is one of 1 million people crammed into 1 square mile of corridors, shanties and makeshift dwellings. Like most of the children growing up in Abishek’s slum, he was completely at the mercy of the circumstances he grew up in. There were no guarantees that he would even have access to the public education system. Life in Mumbai is hard and expensive. With thousands of migrants flooding into the city daily, competition for jobs and education is fierce. The only hope for families in Abishek’s slum, is if they can somehow break the generational cycle of poverty in which they live and function. Abishek was 4-years-old when he came into contact with our Destiny India schools.

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In school, Abishek learns about the world around him. He is taught math, science, and how to read and write in two languages – English and Hindi. In contrast with most kids in Abishek’s slum, he eats a hot, nutritious meal every day. As his knowledge about the world grows, his knowledge of himself also grows. His favorite color is red.

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Abishek excels in many areas in school. His favorite, however, is reading. He proudly stands before the class reading each sentence loud and clear.

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Thanks to Destiny India schools, Abishek now has big dreams for his future. He is no longer locked to the low paying, daily labors that so many in his community cannot escape. When Abishek grows up he wants to be an engineer.

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Without Destiny India schools Abishek’s future would be limited.

$20 a month provides a child – just like Abishek – with the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and have a hope for their future. We can’t do it alone. Would you join us?

Interview date 7/09. To find out more please visit sowerofseeds.org/destiny 

All written material and photographs belong exclusively to Sower of Seeds International Ministries ©2014 All rights reserved. To request permission to re-post or use any material found on this website please email: Info@sowerofseeds.org

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