Over 67.4 million children worldwide are forced out of school due to poverty, depriving them of the education needed to succeed. Unable to read and write, most eventually find themselves unable to get good jobs and succumb to the cycle of poverty, which continues for another generation.
Rather than going to school and playing like more privileged children their age, an estimated 150 million children are engaged in child labour. These kids wander around begging, doing odd jobs and selling garbage so they can have a small amount of food to live another day or work.
In India, children from the poorest families are three times more likely to die by the age of five than those from higher income groups. This gap is caused because starvation and disease take a striking toll on the marginalized, who lack access to basic medical care and proper nutrition.
Bridge of Hope, a childcare project of Believers Church, is rescuing over 74,000 from the clutches of poverty.
All our children have daily access to qualified tutors in math, science, language and other subjects to help them excel in their studies. They are also provided with all the school supplies they need to attend school and succeed – school bags, notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, uniforms and more. Rather than being condemned to a life of illiteracy, many Bridge of Hope children go on to attend colleges and universities.
Once a year, a qualified medical professional performs a full checkup on each child to prevent and diagnose any malady. When possible, we also provide necessary treatment, ranging from major heart surgeries to giving spectacles for those with poor vision. Each child also receives deworming tablets, as parasites are a major problem in rural areas, and also vitamin A tablets to prevent blindness. We also encourage and provide for proper dental hygiene so our children happily show their beautiful smiles.
In villages where Bridge of Hope is located, as much as possible, we ensure that clean drinking water and sanitation facilities are readily available. The community members benefit through our free medical camps. We also provide free vocational training programs to empower underprivileged women in the community. This holistic transformation ensures that each child and member of the community has access to basic facilities.
We are not only focusing on children but also work for the betterment of the community. The community members benefit through our free medical camps and health awareness programs. We also provide free vocational training programs to empower the underprivileged women in that community.