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Stories of Transformation from India

Post a Comment » Written on April 30th, 2014     
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Soman Naik

Soman Naik

Covenant Social Services (CSS) in India, a ministry of the Hindustani covenant Church, provides many different services to communities. They offer services to families through educational programs. They have made it possible for children, like Soman Naik, to attend a primary school close to his home. His family views this as a family achievement and thanks CSS for their continuous encouragement and desire to help their family. Some children find that they must leave their formal education to help support their families, but CSS has been able to provide an informal education center for these students. 54 Children in 2 villages have been a part of this informal education program that allows them to continue with their education outside of the formal education system. Not only are these children able to continue their education, they are also provided with nutritional meals during the week.

In other cases, they work with clients who are dealing with extreme loss and are in need of government assistance and don’t know how to get it. One client has shared her story with CWR about the loss of her husband:

Chandrakala Devi

Chandrakala Devi

My name is Chandrakala Devi. Late Nageshwar Majhi was my husband. I live in Janakinagar of Sitamarhi district. I am a widow from a low caste community.  Poverty is a curse for me. I take care of 5 small children with the income from my daily wage labour.  My husband died suddenly leaving me to try and support our 5 children. I tried hard to receive Rs. 20,000/- from Government of Bihar as a benefit to the family at the death of the family head.  But dozen of visits to the government office did not help me in any manner.  It made me tired, discouraged and disappointed. 

At last my persistent prayers helped me to meet Mr. Jitendra, a staff of CSS at Sitamrhi.  He gave me consolation and encouragement and gave me some essential information concerning government procedures. Frequent visitation to the concerned government department at the expense of the organization for almost 15 days yielded result. And I was able to receive the amount as a support benefit at the death of my husband.  I express thankfulness on behalf of my family to all those who are related with CSS and CWR.    

CSS continues to make a difference in the lives of many individuals and families in India.



India Drought Relief Update

Post a Comment » Written on April 14th, 2014     
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MAHARASHTRA (5)About 11,108 villages of 34 districts in Maharashtra, India were hit by severe drought during 2013.  There were shortages of water, not only for drinking, but also for watering crops. Farmers were helpless and people didn’t know where to go for help and many left the area in search of work and food. As tankers were made available and hand pumps were repaired, water was more accessible but villagers knew that more needed to be done. People are now thinking about adopting an alternative cropping pattern. They are considering adopting sustainable crops instead of cash crops. For example, mango trees need sufficient care and nurture in the beginning stages, but once they are grown they can survive even when there is an obvious scarcity of water.

This drought has left many in need of immediate relief. Here is one story of survival:

My name is Sunil Gangaram Landge. MAHARASHTRA (3) I am 39 years old.  We have 2 sons and a daughter.  Continue Reading »



Drought Relief in India

Post a Comment » Written on February 26th, 2014     
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India HCC Drought Relief Draft

CWR continues to receive updates from partners on the drought in Makarashtra, India:

The current drought in Maharashtra seems to have broken all previous records, with millions of human beings and livestock suffering hunger in absence of food and fodder.

  • Almost five million people have no work as the crops failed.
  • Millions of people from mainly farming communities across 12,000 villages of 15 districts are facing severe shortages of drinking water, and are unable to grow crops and provide fodder for their livestock. 
  • Hunger is likely to become a critical issue in the coming weeks as farmers have no income and their backup resources are now depleting. 
  • People will have no way to feed their families soon. 
  • Drinking water is a serious problem as the normal supply systems have failed.

The Hindustani Covenant Church and Covenant Social Services are doing their best to provide relief support to human beings, animals and birds. Six drought-hit villages have been reached by HCC/CSS. Relief response is being carried out by HCC/CSS with the support of Covenant World Relief and other partners. The relief work includes: repair of hand pumps, distributions of water pouches, medical support to vulnerable groups, grain and water for birds, water for animals through tankers, and plastic baskets for fodder for animals.

Give today to CWR and support emergency disaster response like we are doing now in India.

 



Learning to Pray in India

Post a Comment » Written on January 8th, 2014     
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Usha teaching us to pray as Akshay translates.

As I reflect back on our time in India with the our CWR partners in Asia and the CWR associates (Covenant missionaries who work closely with CWR projects), one of the highlights was Usha teaching our group a prayer method. Usha stood in front of us and taught us all to pray using our hands in a 5-finger method.

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First, we see our thumb that points to us and we remember those who are close to us (our family and close friends). Second, we look at our pointer finger and pray for those we point at and those we respect (our teachers, pastors, community leaders). Third, we see our highest finger and pray for our highest government and pray for our leaders. Next, we look at our ring finger and because we can’t shake or bend this finger on its own, we pray for the disabled, the disaster victims, and the vulnerable. Lastly, we look at our pinky and humbly pray for ourselves last.

 

Isn’t that a great way to pray for our community? I am so grateful for our friends around the world and their model for faithfulness.

 



Reducing Poverty in Bihar

Post a Comment » Written on December 2nd, 2013     
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poonamcropPoonam is only 22 years old, but she is a widow. Her husband died 3 years ago due to certain sickness. Her pain doubled when her in-laws began to blame Poonam for her husband’s death. This forced Poonam to return back to her parents’ house along with her 1 year old son.

Poonam’s parents are very poor. Therefore, she did not want to be a burden upon her parents. She started collecting rags as a mean to support parents’ income. During this period, one of our CSS (Covenant Social Services) staff came to know about Poonam’s situation and encouraged her to join the Sewing Training Class run by CSS in Bihar. She joined the class with full interest.

By now, Poonam has already completed one year of her learning. She also is using her newly gained skills and the sewing machines available at the center to stitch old clothes. She is getting orders for stitching from surrounding neighborhoods. This effort is bringing in an additional 50 rupees a day toward her family income.

Poonam hopes to increase her business when she has completed the course and can put more effort into raising her income. She is very thankful to everyone who supported her during the difficult times while she has journeyed through hardship to self-sufficiency.