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Photo of the Week: The Greatest Of These

December 29th, 2014

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.” – Mother Teresa 

This Christmas season we are reminded of the millions of people in India that are trapped in a life of poverty. The millions that wake up every morning unsure if they will have anything to eat or have clean water to drink. The children that do not have the privilege of dreaming about the future, but are simply trying to make it through today alive.  We are so thankful that the father see them and that his love is actively pursuing them. It is this love that compels us and empowers us to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

“So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

Water

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Merry Christmas! – A Message From Our Founders

December 25th, 2014

Merry Christmas to Our Friends from SOS International on Vimeo.

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Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2014

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

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Photo of the Week: His Incredible Grace

December 22nd, 2014

“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2: 4-7 

Anita was trafficked at age 19, rescued and now works to help love and restore girls who are trapped in a life of slavery. She has not let her story end with her rescue, but uses her story of hope to help lead others into freedom. Read Anita’s full journey here.

Woman

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India Food Factory

December 18th, 2014

Right now, until the end of December 2014 we have an amazing opportunity to double the impact of your gift: Until midnight December 31st, a friend of the ministry has promised to match every dollar contributed to this project, up to $200,000! 


India Food Factory

Over the years, one of the hardest parts of ministry in India for us has been facing the challenge of being surrounded by hungry children and not having the resources to feed them. We see the happy, healthy children who are putting on weight in our schools and rescue homes and growing as God created them to. Outside our projects, in the slums and villages, too many children are hungry, sick, and struggling. Statistical evidence confirms what our eyes and heart already know: four out of every ten malnourished children in the world are Indian. Almost half of all Indian children are underfed.

With the assistance of an international food formulation team, S.O.S. has developed an all-natural, nutritionally balanced, real food product that can give children a guaranteed source of nourishmemt in their daily struggle against malnutrition. It has taken us over three years of development and testing to create the right product.

This product has been well researched, and as a result we were awarded a grant to build a “factory” in India to produce and package this food product. This grant will cover 80% of the finances necessary to fund the project. We are required to raise $500,000 to complete construction of the food factory. This year-end matching opportunity will help us accomplish this.

“… If you are generous with the hungry 
and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,
your lives will begin to glow in the darkness… I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places – firm muscles, strong bones… You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” – Isaiah 58:9-12, The Message

About the India Food Factory:

We are currently in the constructions stages of the India Food Factory. This excites us! Together we can build a food factory that can feed over 10.5 million nutritious meals a year!

Will you join us to help build this by doubling the impact of your year-end gift?

Your gift of $2,500 has an impact of $5,000
Your gift of $1,000 has an impact of $2,000
Your gift of $500 has an impact of $1,000
Your gift of $100 has an impact of $200

Or give the best gift you can to help us finish construction as soon as possible.

 

Photo of the Week: A Hidden Hunger

December 15th, 2014

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, just feed one.” – Mother Teresa

“Hunger is a clear manifestation of failure in social protection. It is difficult to behold, especially when it afflicts children. However, even the apparently well fed – those who receive sufficient calories to fuel their daily activities – can suffer the ‘hidden hunger’ of micronutrient malnutrition.” UNICEF

India is home to 35% of the world’s malnourished children.* Starvation extinguishes the lives of millions of young children every year. Over the past 20 years of ministry, our hearts have been increasingly burdened by the plight of hungry and the deep-rooted effects that it has on the next generation. The India Food Factory is a direct, sustainable and long-term response to help fight the problem of malnutrition, and will play a major role in ensuring a hope-filled future for the children of India.

Right now, until the end of December 2014 we have an amazing opportunity to double the impact of your gift: Until midnight December 31st, a friend of the ministry has promised to match every dollar contributed to this project, up to $200,000! Donate Today! 

Village Child

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International Day for Abolition of Slavery – 2 December

December 2nd, 2014

“In the 19th century, the international community came together to declare slavery an affront to our common humanity. Today, governments, civil society and the private sector must unite to eradicate all contemporary forms of slavery, including forced labour. Together, let us do our utmost for the millions of victims throughout the world who are held in slavery and deprived of their human rights and dignity.” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Message for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 2 December 2014

via International Day for Abolition of Slavery

Learn more about SOS is doing: Project Red Light Rescue – Helping to rescue trafficked women and girls and prevent trafficking in India.

BBC News – World is crossing malnutrition red line, report warns

December 1st, 2014

“Malnutrition is an invisible thing, unless it is very extreme,” explained Lawrence Haddad, co-chairman of the independent expert group that compiled the report.”This invisibility stops action happening but it does not stop bad things happening to the children, ” he told BBC News.”It does not stop preventing the children’s brains from developing; it does not stop their immune systems from not developing.”It is a silent crisis and we are trying to raise the awareness of the extent of malnutrition and the damage it does.”

“The UN World Food Programme estimates that poor nutrition causes nearly half of deaths in children aged under five – 3.1 million children each year.”

via BBC News – World is crossing malnutrition red line, report warns.

Giving Tuesday – How You Can Be Involved

December 1st, 2014

This Tuesday is Giving Tuesday! We wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to all our donors who have partnered with us! Amazing things happened in India this year and it wouldn’t have been possible without your help!

As the end of the year rolls around and you evaluate your year end giving please keep SOS and the people of India on your mind and in your prayers. So much has been accomplished but there is still work to be done!

Here are a few ways you can celebrate Giving Tuesday and get involved in all that is happening at SOS.

Water:

When water is plentiful, it is easy to forget how precious it is. In India approximately 1.83 million children die annually before completing their 5th birthday, most of them due to preventable causes. Combined effects of inadequate sanitation, unsafe water supply and poor personal hygiene are responsible for 88% of childhood deaths. (UNICEF)

$4,800 provides one well for a village community
$194 provides water for 25 people
$7.77 provides water for one person

Project Red Light Rescue:

Poverty has many expressions of abuse by none are perhaps as devastating to the human heart as “sex slavery.” We do not merely hope to temporarily relieve the suffering of women and children, but to help put an end to this form of slavery.

$1,800 resucse and provides one year of care for a girl
$450 recuses and supports a girl for 3 months
$150 supports a rescued girl for one month

Destiny India Schools:

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.

$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
$20 can support 1 child for 1 month

India LIFE Center:

According to conservative estimates by UNICEF, India has the largest population of street children – more than 11 million. The LIFE Center is a solution that provides love, education, family and guidance into a new and hope-filled future for these children.

$1,000 provides for 1 child for 1 year
$500 provides for 1 child for 6 months
$250 provides for 1 child for 3 months

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Project Spotlight: India LIFE Center

November 27th, 2014

This month we will be spotlighting all of our ground projects in India. We are so thankful for the work we get to do and the impact the local church is having on the community! This week we will take a peak into our India LIFE Center.

LIFE Center 

One of the most difficult things to bear is the look of loneliness in a child’s eyes. According to conservative estimates by UNICEF, India has the largest population of street children – more than 11 million.

Whether orphaned or abandoned, the India LIFE Center is SOS’s approach to sustainable orphan care in India. It is a home for desperate little hearts searching for a place of safety. Here they find love, acceptance and healing.


The Antithesis Of My NightmaresBy Season Fulton 

I was 8 years old when I first came to know about real orphans—the kind that weren’t just characters in a fairytale. This was long before I had visited the India LIFE Center, or an orphanage of any sort. My father had traveled to Rwanda for relief work after the genocide in 1994. I wondered about the children he took pictures with because I was told they were now orphans. “They’re like the Lost Boys,” I thought, “but they have fun. Peter Pan takes care of them.”

As I grew up hearing about the mission field but not quite experiencing it for myself, I imagined the horror of being a street child through the eyes of my childhood movies. Life was heartbreaking and impossibly hard, but the hero always rescued them in the end, even if they thought there was no one who cared.

It took some growing up to realize that life could be much harsher than even the most real movies.

My worst nightmare was seeing hungry, dirty kids living in dark alleys alone being preyed upon by evil people. I began to realize that if I lined up all those looking for abandoned children based on their intentions, the line of evildoers would be miles longer than the honorable.

In real life, the heroes were being drowned out by the villains, not to mention ignored by the dignified. This broke my heart.

My first trip to Mumbai further opened my eyes. What stung the most was seeing children living on the streets. It was eerily like my nightmares—the shadowed streets closely resembled the scenes I had imagined in my childhood. The dreaminess only began to fade away as I became more educated about street children. Some had run away from home because of abusive parents. Most parents had died. Some had been in other orphanages where they were abused. Their stories were new nightmares, but this time I heard the stories from their own mouths as we sat on their new beds in their new home with new parents.

This home holds heavy hearts at times, but it also holds heavy smiles. This place is the antithesis of my nightmares. 

At the LIFE Center, we have the opportunity to bring warmth and safety to children who are vulnerable, preyed upon and utterly alone in the world. I personally believe that the kids we pour into right now will in turn be a tremendous part of bringing hope to their nation.

“Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” – Psalm 82:3 

Season

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