It is no secret that many children around the world are getting the short end of the stick.
Too many are lacking a positive support system, healthy meals three times a day, the opportunity to go to school, safe drinking water, and so much more. What a list–and it isn’t a good one. For 50 years Asian Aid has worked hard to change the circumstances of thousands of children.
Asian Aid USA is passionate about helping “the least of these.” (Matthew 25:40) By going to the font lines to tackle these issues in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, we have seen that there is still much to do. That’s why we do not work alone. Through various partnerships, our mission of giving hope Today is accomplished.
What are the top 5 ways we are supporting children in Asia?
Special Needs Children
It is not easy being born with a birth defect. Every day is filled with more challenges than for the average person. From moving around from room to room to eating a meal, it is not easy. As in western countries, many children are born with a birth defect such as blindness and hearing loss. With little schools or programs designed to meet their needs, these children with special needs live without hope of where the future will take them.
Asian Aid is proud to address this need by providing a school for both the blind and deaf. At these schools, over 250 students are able to learn using a curriculum designed specifically for them. The blind learn how to read Braille and the deaf learn Sign Language. Asian Aid works to provide a way for their dreams to come true just like the other boys and girls.
3 Meals a Day
The continent of Asia has the most hungry people in the world–about two thirds of the total. What an alarming number! Countries such as India are no exception as a result of the high number of families and orphans living in poverty. Seeing the effects of hunger on these powerless children led to the start of many programs in Asian Aid including our various orphanages. At each orphanage and every school Asian Aid partners with, going to bed with a very silent stomach is the norm. Whether the child is a boarder or day student, they know their bellies will not be empty.
Access to Safe Water
1 in 10 people in our world lack access to safe water. That is a world in which a child could develop diseases such as diarrhea or cholera from merely quenching their thirst. With toxins from the water getting into the body, the immune system would be weakened allowing viruses and bacteria to take over. All this because a parent does not have access to safe water for their child.
Asian Aid saw this as an opportunity–opportunity for thousands of children to fill their water bottles with clear-clean water. The water we drink should not be the same color as the dirt beneath our feet.
There are an estimated 132 million orphans around the world. This could be a result of a child’s parents passing away or from being abandoned. Being out in the world on their own leaves them prey to individuals who plan to traffic, enslave, prostitute, and more the vulnerable. About 11% of children are forced into child labor situations. Although there are adults in their lives, the adults are not there to provide a safe environment, health, and an education.
Through orphanages like Sunrise Home, Asian Aid seeks to nurture more than 250 orphans and help them to grow into healthy, not hurting, adults. Our orphans receive love, hugs, and special attention no. Attentive staff help them get ready for school in the morning, help with grooming, teach them how to make their beds, and ensure they eat breakfast. They will be there is a child catches a cold or scrapped their knee playing volleyball. Our orphans know that we are there.
Learn About the Love of Jesus
Nima’s family was murdered and he was left for dead. Taken in my Asian Aid, Nima was introduced to a forgiving God. A God that forgives his sins and can help him forgive his family’s killer. Today he is driven by love instead of anger.
All of Asian Aid’s children attend Adventist schools with the desire that as they learn more about Jesus, they will allow Him to change their hearts. Every day they are exposed to a community of people that pray when they need help, who read the Bible, and learn to live like Jesus lived. Asian Aid does not merely want to educate children for this world, but prepare them for eternity.