Solomon and His Promising Future

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Solomon Konda is from a small village in the state of Odisha, India. While living there Solomon and his sister Rani attended the government school.

Polio had rendered his father handicapped from a very young age. His inability to move around made it difficult for him to find a job even as a day laborer. His family suggested to him that he pick up the tailoring trade and become the village tailor. With the support of his wife, he is now able to provide the basics for his family.

While Solomon was in the third grade his family was thrown out of their village because they had accepted Jesus as their Savior and became Christians. Fearful of how they would influence others, the village council took a drastic step by casting them out of the village. Having lost everything they sought the help of their church pastor. He had compassion on them and gave them a place to live in the vestry of the church. Solomon and his family lived in the vestry for a few months. During that time, Solomon and his sister were not able to attend school and his father and mother were not able to work anywhere except around the church. Seeing that the vestry could not be a permanent place for the family, they went to live with Solomon’s grandmother who lived in a tin shed in another village.

After learning about the family’s situation from the local pastor, other local church leaders pitched in to help. The section president brought Solomon and Rani to the Seventh-day Adventist boarding school in Khurdha and requested that the principal accept them into the Asian Aid program. “We don’t refuse any children”, said Principal Isaac Kumar. “We Adventist belong to a big family and we have to help each other.”

Solomon, now 15 years old, is quickly catching up in school. Although he was studying in third grade in his village, he found it hard to understand and adjust to the English curriculum. The school provided tutoring in English and he was admitted into kindergarten. His teachers observed that he was a bright and a quick learner. He was given a double promotion last year which allowed him to skip the first grade and go directly to the second grade. Through the Asian Aid sponsorship program and team of dedicated teachers, he is pushing forward towards a promising future.

Sponsorship Gift Program Changes

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Precious little girl enjoying her gift form her sponsor.

We have been reviewing our sponsorship gift program and have some exciting news. All children love to get presents and we know you want to give your sponsored child a special gift. The gifting process comes with many challenges. The challenges both Asian Aid and sponsors experience include:

  • High cost of postage
  • Gift not reaching our office in country
  • Gifts missing during in country delivery
  • Student owing duty on a package that they can’t pay.
  • Packages arriving opened and items missing

From January 1, 2017 we will have a new gift policy and procedure:

All children in each country will continue to receive one gift a year around Christmas time. The Gift Fund will continue to support the annual Christmas gifts which will be separate from the personal gifts that can be ordered.

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Donors will no longer be able to send gifts direct. India: Sponsors will be able to select a gift from a new gift catalog and purchase it through our office. We will have a selection of gifts on our website or provide an order sheet for you to mail to us with your gift selection. The gift selections will be age and gender appropriate. Sponsors will purchase a gift from the selection, write a letter to the child and send the letter and your payment to our Asian Aid USA office. The gift, along with your letter will be sent from our India office direct to your child. There will be two close-off dates each year:

May 30: Final date to order gift

August: Gift with your letter will be delivered

November 30: Final date to order gift

February: Gift with your letter will be delivered

Please note that this change does not take effect until 2017. The first cut off date for choosing a gift will be May 30, 2017 for an August 2017 delivery.

Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar: Unfortunately due to costs and unreliable delivery we cannot offer gift programs in these countries, yet. As a reminder, every child in every country will still receive the Christmas gift from their sponsor by Asian Aid provided through our Gift Fund.

Thank you!

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Sunrise Home classroom development need!

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It has been over six years since we built Sunrise home with your support. Before that for many years the home was in a small building in the city and the children all slept in two rooms on the floor. The dream was for a new home and the dream took shape with your help. Now Sunrise has over 150 orphans who love their home. Everyone has a bed in a dormitory room with four or six per room, a cafeteria where they get good food and a 10 acre farm where they learn about agriculture and provide the home with fresh vegetables and fruit. But just as any family grows the children who started at Sunrise in the beginning are getting older.

Now, over 25 attend Adventist boarding colleges, studying to be nurses, engineers, pastors and other professions. Sunrise is still their home and they return every holiday and school break. The Orphanage has an urgent new need: A special building to act as a special classroom

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Older children need vocational training. Can you imagine having 30 teenagers home for the holidays! Wow, one or two is normally enough for a family. You love to have them home but you need to keep them busy. Sunrise needs a vocational training room where they can learn practical skills to help them.

Computers, electronics and sewing and dress-making equipment are needed. This classroom will be a great study and recreational space for these deserving teenagers — they need this special room!

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Young children: Each month Sunrise receives new young children. These kids come from terrible backgrounds including being found abandoned on street corners or even at railway stations. These children arrive at Sunrise Home lacking social skills. They have to be taught the basics of life and how to speak basic English before they can go to school. Sunrise is in need of a kindergarten room to give these kids Hope. For 50 years, through thoughtful gifts, Asian Aid has provided education to orphans, the poor, the blind and deaf. Women have found medical relief and fresh water wells have been supplied. But there is much more to do and the children keep coming! During the last quarter of our 50th anniversary, Asian Aid is seeking to raise $1,000,000 to complete projects in two locations – Sunrise Orphanage and Myanmar College. Gifts will also help with the total cost of running Asian Aid’s core program of supporting and educating over 3,500 children in Adventist mission schools.

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