Meet Vishnuvardhan. His parents could not get work in or near the village where his family is from. They went to another city to get work, so Vishnuvardhan lives with his grandparents. His parents send enough money for food, but not enough money for his education. Vishnuvardhan never attended school before CCDC. Through the help of tutors, Vishnuvardhan has been enrolled in 6th grade and is doing quite well. He hopes to be a teacher when he finishes his education. It is only $193 for the year for Vishnuvardhan to go to school. We need to pay his school fees by the end of this month for him to be allowed to take his final tests of the year. Please support Vishnuvardhan and his education.
Nikitha is part of a CCDC Center named Kothapatnam. There are 25 children in this CCDC Center that are now attending school where otherwise they would just be in the village playing in the streets. Streets to Street Campaign is trying to raise $16,055 to cover school fees in 4 of our 16 CCDC Centers. Nikitha has not attended school before now and through CCDC she has learned to read and write. Please consider supporting Nikitha as she continues to learn English and do well in school. Donate now to help Nikitha
This little angel’s name is Gowtham and he is from the village of Annagi. His parents are day laborers and would take Gowtham to the fields with them. While they worked, he would play in the streets nearby. Now Gowtham is a part of CCDC and spends his days learning and preparing for a bright future. We need to raise money for his school fees! He wants to be a Police Officer when he grows up!
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Streets to Seats campaign begins today! We are going to be introducing you to new children each day for the next 21 days. CCDC does an amazing job taking kids from playing in the streets all day and placing them in seats in a classroom that gives them a chance to learn their way out of poverty. Without CCDC and the education we provide, children often end up either wasting their days playing in the streets, vulnerable and alone or following their parents into the fields.
Please follow along over the next 3 weeks as we hear their stories, discover who each one wants to be when they grow up, and realize that we can be a part of their new story!
Ramya comes from Singarayakonda village. She is the eldest daughter in her family, and has one younger sister named Kavya. Her father, Prasadu, use to work as a mason laborer, but after two brutal appendix operations, his body was no longer strong enough to handle the demands of the job. To top it off, his hard work — from dawn to dusk, every day — only yielded pennies with which to support his family. In order to take on the role her husband could not fill, Ramya’s mother,, Mahalaxmi, went to work as a daily laborer. In the weeks that followed this sadly familiar tragedy, the children stopped going to school. It simply wasn’t possible for Ramya’s family to fund her education. Time passed, and soon an additional problem arose. Mahalaxmi stopped going to work, due to increasing health problems. A consultant doctor discovered that she had been suffering from a hernia, and informed her family that surgery was imminent and necessary. Worried, her family took out a loan for her surgery, plunging them further into debt.
As things worsened, Prasadu heard about CCDC and approached a village social worker. He asked us to support his children’s education, knowing that without school, Ramya and Kavya could be forever trapped in the situation that their parents were in — indebted, poor, and uneducated. CCDC instantly accepted, enrolling Ramya in a local school. Now Prasadu works as a van driver at the school where Ramya is studying, and gets to watch his daughter every day as she walks to class, full of joy and hope. Every month Prasadu is earning 6000 rupees, far more than he would have made as a mason. With this newfound financial boost, he is back to providing for his family and supporting his daughter’s studies.
For the past four years, Ramya is has benefited from our CCDC, learning and growing every day. Now she is 9th grade and studying very hard to achieve her dream: to become a teacher. She wants to be a beacon of light to children who need knowledge and teaching, like CCDC is to her. Ramya wants nothing more than to stand with her family, and support them like a good daughter does. We are thankful for Ramya’s unbreakable spirit, and can’t wait to see her succeed in the new life she has because of education.
Luxurious granite and marble slabs are found and mined in Thimmanapalem, India, where Vandanamala lives with her extended family. Vandanamala’s father, Davidu, works both as a mason-laborer and in a granite factory, lifting heavy granite slabs to be polished, in an attempt to earn enough to support the family. Unfortunately, as an unskilled laborer, all his hard work brings in very little money. Vandanamala’s mother works tending cattle to do her part to help support the family.
Although both of Vandanamala’s parents work very hard, their combined income does not fully meet the needs of their family of eight, so they have absolutely nothing leftover to pay for school. Over time, Vandanamala’s parents had lost hope of seeing their children get the education they need for a good future. As daily wage laborers, her parents’ maximum earnings clock in at about $4 a day. This is around fifty cents per person, per day, to provide shelter, food, medicine, clothing, etc. When school is at least $2o/month per child, you can see how far out of reach it is for families like these.
Then CCDC came to the village of Thimmanapalem. Davidu heard about CCDC and, after consideration, approached a social worker to request our help in funding his children’s education. The CCDC staff in Thimmanapalem was delighted to have Vandanamala and her younger sister, Samarpana, become part of the local center. CCDC assists with Vandanamala and Samarpana’s school fees, so the girls can finally attend school. Both of the sisters are thrilled to learn, and love studying, playing, and growing alongside their friends.
After school lets out for the day, Vandanamala and Samarpana come to the local CCDC of Thimmanapalem. With full bellies from a hot meal, the girls receive help with homework, and tutoring from a qualified teacher, something that illiterate parents are unable to do. Because of CCDC’s help, they have the chance to escape the life of an uneducated laborer like their father and mother. Vandanamala is a brilliant young woman, who wants to be a doctor when she grows up. CCDC is the catalyst to help her achieve this dream.
Haveela Rani is the middle child in a family of eight. She lives with her parents, grandmother, and four siblings in Takkelapadu, India. This large family is supported primarily by her father, Zacharia, through his work as an auto rickshaw driver. Though he was once a mason, he took out a loan and bought an auto, which he drives for a meager Rs. 300 per day (less than $2). Sadly, this income is never enough to provide for his family.
To add to their struggles, Haveela’s grandfather fell into a coma following a serious illness. Zacharia had to take out another loan on top of the auto loan, to pay for continuing treatments. Despite efforts to save his life, Haveela’s grandfather passed away after 8 months in a coma. But the treatment was expensive, and it left Zacharia with a large debt to the money lenders.
In the midst of their grief, a CCDC pastor met with the family and offered to send their children to school. Zacharia gratefully agreed to send Haveela to CCDC. This took an enormous burden off of the family’s shoulders. Now, Haveela’s family lives in government housing near CCDC. Zachary attends Haveela’s parent/teacher meetings without fail, and the family goes to church regularly.
He tells us ‘It is by God’s grace that my eldest daughter Kumari has a seat in the government’s residential school. Now Haveela is being educated by CCDC, and she is given good English lessons, extra food, and safe transportation to and from school. I praise God for CCDC and for the education it is giving my daughter.’
Her mother thanked us, saying, ‘I am glad that Haveela is shown love and care at center, and given her evening snacks — especially the boiled egg and glass of hot milk. It is not an easy task to raise girls and send them to school, not in India. We are so grateful that CCDC shares in our sufferings and provides education for Haveela.’
Haveela is now in kindergarten. In the beginning, she used to skip her classes, but now she enjoys school, and attends every day. She has many friends and loves to play games outside. Haveela is very athletic and is excited to continue her studies, thanks to CCDC. We are so grateful for the work we get to do in raising up the young children of India.
Annangi Vamsi is from a remote village called Alagayapalem. This village is 2 kms away from the beautiful Bay of Bengal. Most families here depend on the fishing business for their livelihood. The rest of them depend on daily labor work, either in agricultural fields or as masons. Vamsi comes from a dalit community, also called a scheduled caste. Over 744 tribes in India have been given this status by Indian government for political representation. This caste is considered to be the lowest in society. The scheduled caste families are very poor and mostly depend on daily labor works.
Obviously, Vamsi’s family struggles financially. His father, Srinu, is a mason and gets Rs. 300 per day for his hard work. Despite this meager income, Srinu still has to meet every need of his family. Because he struggles to even find food, he has no time to consider the educational needs of his children.
On top of this, Srinu began to suffer from severe stomach pains. Days went by, and he started vomiting blood. Finally, Srinu consulted doctor, who discovered that Srinu had ulcer in his stomach. The doctor recommended surgery, but because of the family’s financial status, Srinu was worried about the treatment. But Srinu’s life was at stake, so the family agreed — he would go through with the surgery.
After the treatment, Srinu was unable to work, dragging his family deeper into poverty. To support the family and pay for the multiple medical bills, Vamsi’s mother started going to work. Even with this, her income couldn’t make a dent in their debts, leaving her in despair. But the village CCDC intervened, accepting Vamsi into their program, and relieving the family of some of their burdens.
Vamsi has been growing in CCDC under our complete holistic care. He is in Ukg (Upper Kindergarten) and has proven himself to be a quick learner. To Vamsi, every morning is new and exciting and he is thrilled to head to school. Vamsi dreams of being a police officer, and with education, he can be just that. We hope that CCDC will be able to support his dreams and pave the way for the bright future that lies ahead of him.