In late November the Adventist church in Myanmar celebrated 125 years celebration. GC President Paster Ted Wilson & his wife Nancy visited for the celebration at the Myanmar Seminary located about 5 hours from Yangon. Child Impact International CEO Jim Rennie accompanied Pastor & Mrs Wilson for some of the trip. Paster Wilson was impressed that Child Impact sponsors about 20% of the children at the seminary which is key to the church in Myanmar. Pastor Wilson said “He is grateful to the work of Child Impact and its sponsors in countries like Myanmar”
First class of Speech and Hearing Challenged Graduates from our India school for the deaf school graduating from Lowry Adventist College.
It was a proud moment for all to witness the graduating ceremony of six of our children with speech and hearing challenges receiving their degrees (Bachelors of Commerce from Lowry Adventist College) in the presence of their college family, parents, relatives and friends on April 7, 2018.
Jacob Bhaggien, Principal of the Child Impact School for the deaf India and staff, said, “We are proud… When we started working with the deaf, we never knew what they are capable of achieving, but today I fully agree with Mr. King Jordan, former President of Gallaudet University, the only University for the Deaf in the world, that the ‘Deaf people can do anything except hear.’ Our children at Lowry Adventist College were on par with the rest of the students in every front and I was glad to see them being treated by their teachers and fellow students as an equal and not as ‘special students. To God be the glory and praise for what He has done with these precious children. I thank the leaders at Child Impact International and Lowry Adventist College for their support and willingness to accommodate these young people studying along with the other students with the kind support of Mr. Panicker as their interpreter.”
It is our prayer that many more special needs young people from around this country will be able to receive and experience fellowship, love and Christian Education at our centers of higher education.
CEO of Child Impact International Jim Rennie commented, “We are so proud of these children and the staff at the Hearing and Impaired School and look forward to sponsoring new children for the next school year.”
American author Harriet Beecher Stowe once said, “Women are the real architects of society.” Lalitha Varma, director of Sunrise Children’s Home India, is the embodiment of this quote.
Lalitha has tirelessly loved child after child, year after year, for 30 years in the home she has created in Bobbili. Bobbili is located in rural Andra Pradesh India. Though she did not build it herself, she is responsible for fostering this safe haven filled with love and care.
Born in Vijayawada in 1963, Lalitha grew up in a house that was open to all the children in their neighborhood. With a nurturing mother and a father always ready to make kids laugh, Lalitha regards her caring spirit as a gift born from both God and her childhood.
With a bachelor’s in arts and education and serving several years as a teacher, Lalitha joined Elim Adventist Home in Hyderabad in various roles including associate director.
In 2000, Lalitha and her husband Raj answered the call to start Sunrise Home for destitute and homeless children in Bobbili. Beginning with only four children in a one-bedroom house, today they are parents to 128 children in a house with dorms, prayer halls and a play area. The home is fully funded by Child Impact International.
The news is out! Asian Aid USA is now called Child Impact International. The same organization with the same mission that has a different name. Work will continue in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Check out this video from CEO Jim Rennie sharing more about the change. (insert video) Thank you so much for your continued support of thousands of child living in Southern Asia.
There is great power in the spoken and written word. Teachers empower young minds to express their thoughts in various forms and poetry is a beautiful form of expression.
Today is World Poetry Day and we join the world in celebrating poets and poetry. Poetry builds creative thoughts, guides thoughts, and brings clarity to emotions. The children of Sunrise Home in India have submitted some beautiful poems. Happy reading!
Your Amazon purchases can help our children! Do you shop on Amazon? Now you can support Child Impact International USA every time you purchase from Amazon. When you do, 0.5% of any/all purchases will be donated to us by Amazon. To begin, simply go to smile.amazon.com and then designate Child Impact International USA as your chosen charity. Then you can start your regular shopping.
As our first — and only — field officer in Myanmar, Ciin Zen’s job is to visit the schools where we have students, check in on the children, and update records. Ciin is based in the capital city Yangon and has to travel throughout Myanmar. Visiting some schools may take a long time and be very challenging.
Last week her report read, “I went to Myat Kyaw schools in Dawei and had to take cycle taxi and then walk to school for an hour because the road is not good due to heavy rain. It took me two days even though the students are very few in that school. Then I visited another school which took me another four days including traveling. I was not able to visit one school (Laypota Adventist Seminary) due to fighting and shooting between Myanmar government and the Karen group near the school. There were no phone connection in those school areas so I wasn’t able to update end of the week.”
Last month, India celebrated its 69th birthday.
On August 15, 1947 India attained its independence from the British Empire. On that day, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru raised the national Indian flag above the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi.
Independence Day, one of three Indian national holidays, includes flag hoisting ceremonies and other cultural traditions taking place throughout schools and colleges across the land.
This year we received photos that captured our students at Sunrise Home and the Blind School looking sharp as they celebrated their country’s Independence.