I’m so thankful that CCDC is part of my life! It has been a great joy for me to be part of the transformative work happening in rural Andhra Pradesh. When I stop and think about what CCDC is doing and the generational impact on that it will have on poverty, trafficking, child labor, and just the well being of the people involved, it overwhelms me!
For those that don’t know me or my story, I want to share a little about how I got here and why I am working with CCDC. I made this video in between running my kids around, so please forgive the “mom” van. I have four wonderful children of my own, besides the 544 children that we care for in our centers.
I would much prefer being behind the camera, but this is a small step in sharing the story of CCDC through sharing how it is woven with my story. I would love to hear how it is woven in with yours!
All the difference.
When you started school, did your parents have to choose between a free school with no building, books, or teachers or a well-run private school that could give you a chance at life, but cost more than their monthly wages to attend?
In rural Indian villages, government-run schools are available to all, with the hope that most will reach literacy before leaving school for good to go help the family, usually about age eight or nine.
Child labor laws are in place, but usually not enforced.
Covenant Child Development Centers (CCDC) provides educational assistance, a meal, emotional support and guidance to 25 select families in a village. This ministry is run through the local village church and is meant to lift up the village in the long-term future.
CCDC provides a way and a reason and accountability to keep the child in not just a good school, but the best college prep school in the area.
Partners like you keep children like these on the road to dignity and a future.
CCDC is a long-term solution through education and discipleship, that aims to bring transformation to the local community.
Become a partner with us today through a gift of any amount! Every dollar makes a huge difference.
Who knew $30 was worth so much! For me, a married mother of four, $30 seems to disappear very quickly. It’s enough to take our family through the drive through (one of my kids is a teenage boy). For a child living in rural India, $30 is life giving.
CCDC has kicked off a new child sponsorship program and it’s only $30 a month. That is enough to provide educational opportunity, nutrition, and an after school program. It is enough to provide safety from traffickers and child labor. It’s is enough to teach families about child’s marriage and why they shouldn’t force their children to marry so young. It’s enough to provide support to father’s struggling with alcohol addiction. It’s enough to give mothers the peace of mind knowing their child will have a better life and have the chance to move beyond poverty. $30 is a huge amount of money for a child in CCDC!
If $30 a month seems like a small price to pay to support a family and prevent trafficking, find out more about the program and how to change a life.
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!
Would you like to help Gowtham become a Policer Officer? Give now!
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.