Some 7,800 kilometres away from Australia lies the nation of India. Population 1.37 billion.
Such an amazing colourful place and yet so many gut wrenching needs.
Over the last twenty years I have travelled to that country and have seen some of the needs firsthand.
It isn’t pretty.
People have said that Australia is the ‘Lucky Country’, and I would agree with that. Compared to the rest of the world, we are very well off indeed. I have often pondered whether that puts a responsibility on us to help those in need – both in our own country and overseas. What do you think? We do have the ability and definitely the resources. In my mind, the answer to whether we are responsible to help others is a resounding yes! I do not think that as people, we are meant to have everything for ourselves only. This attitude may get you want you want, but you will not have true peace of mind. It is not possessions, but helping others that does something good inside of us.
What I do know about the Australian public is that as a nation we give generously when there are genuine needs. Whether they be natural disasters, the current drought crises, and so on.
The other thing that I often think about (and no doubt many other Australians do too) is this: how much of my dollar goes to the actual need and how much goes to administration? You can do a Google search of the various charitable organisations and you will find the percentages of how the received money is divided up between the project/need and admin costs. While admin and running costs are necessary and part and parcel of any ‘not for profit organisation’, you will discover that some are very high and some and very low.
‘Christ for India’ is the charitable organisation that is making a huge difference in children’s lives. What I do know is that every dollar that is specifically designated for a particular need, goes to that need. As I have seen this firsthand, I have no hesitation in trusting this organisation with money.
So what are some of the needs?
David is part of our community home where we teach, educate and nurture boys and girls of very poor backgrounds in different parts of the country. We give them a home, education and a place where they have a fighting chance to make something out of their lives. David is born in a village in Gujarat called Jhopali. He is the only son of Arjun who is a Christian worker in a very small rural congregation in his village.
The mark that you see on his stomach is not a wound but rather a birth defect that he carries with him every day of his life, one that interferes with his ability to defecate naturally. Since David was born he has not been able to urinate or defecate naturally and was only able to do so through the hole in his stomach. This hole is the outlet for all excreta out of his body.
He is almost 6 years old now and finds it very difficult to adapt to normal life as he defecates and urinates through his stomach. He has been in our care for the past four years and we are trying to take care of him during this time that he is with us. He requires multiple surgeries in order for him to defecate naturally and live a normal life. When you meet and talk to this young boy he is completely normal and is enjoying his life being with us in an environment of love and care. We make sure that there is a nurse and some of his family members to help clean up when he is unable to control his natural instincts to go to the bathroom. He smiles and laughs the rest of the time and it would never seem that anything was wrong with him.
This is just one story of a child that our organisation takes care of. We are only trying to make a difference in the lives of people when they feel all hope is lost. There is no one to blame for David‘s condition, but the question remains: who would respond to the need? We as an organisation aspire to be the helping hands and the caring atmosphere for various boys and girls to thrive and to reach their highest potential and never feel that they are not good enough. People are conditioned to believe who they are, based on the environment that they are brought up in. This is home, this is family and they will always be loved here. His surgery needs close to $10,000 so that his body parts to defecate can be artificially made.
If you feel in your heart that you would like to support this cause to give David a chance to live a life of self-respect, independence and confidence, please head over to https://www.christforindia.in for more information as to how you can give financially.
If you would like to see more, I recently filmed a documentary that you can find here https://vimeo.com/330962706 which highlights some of the things that are being done to make a positive difference in people – one life at a time.