Here is an update on the current situation, our work, and the impact of the pandemic in the countries we serve, our schools, and what our strategies are. We are faced with rapid changes that require us to make decisions quickly and to be flexible. Changes that may force us to face how some of our programs operate and the need to pivot.
Due to COVID-19 the school is facing financial problems and staff have not received any wages for the past three months. As part of Child Impact International’s Rice appeal, each staff member was supplied with a sack of rice. In India alone, to-date Child Impact has distributed over 2,500 bags of rice to those in need.
In recent months the water table has dropped and Sunshine’s water well dried up. They had limited funds for a new deeper well, so Child Impact stepped in to help fund the new well. The drill arrived on Monday and drilling started on Tuesday. After drilling and everyone praying for water, they were blessed with a 3-inch water flow. It was a successful task that produced a new deeper well and much needed water.
We have implemented an emergency sponsorship procedure to continue our focus on the children. Operating in six countries during this crisis is not easy, but our staff is working hard to ensure the best for the more than three thousand children we serve.
Their working hours were gruesome and exploitative, forced to work six days a week, some Sundays, and nearly eleven hours a day in close quarters where the conditions were deplorable and extremely unsanitary.
World-renowned violinist, Jaime Jorge produced two mini violin concerts for Child Impact International. As a way of paying tribute, Jaime dedicated the songs to the thousands of sponsored children in the six countries served by Child Impact and its supporters.
Prayer is too important to neglect during this time of uncertainty caused by the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. We humbly ask you to join us in prayer to declare our dependence on God, ask Him to intervene and heal the sick, and pray for opportunities to serve others.
Child Impact International’s CEO Jim Rennie accompanied Pastor and Mrs. Wilson part of the trip. Pastor Wilson was impressed to learn that Child Impact sponsors nearly twenty percent of the children at the seminary, and stated that he is grateful for the services provided by Child Impact and its sponsors in countries like Myanmar.
Follow Ajith as he gives you a tour of his school, home, and community. First he will take you to the Adventist School for Speech and Hearing Impaired and show you where his ninth-grade classroom is. Then you’ll get a glimpse of Ajith getting his meal during lunch time. After school is over, he will take you to a small village near Kollegal, state of Karnataka in India, and show you the house he lives in.
It was a proud moment for all to witness the graduating ceremony of six students with speech and hearing challenges receiving their Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lowry Adventist College in the presence of their college family, parents, relatives and friends on April 7, 2018. They are the first class of speech and hearing-challenged students from our Child Impact School for the deaf in India.
Lalitha has tirelessly loved each child, year after year, for thirty years at the home she created in Bobbili, 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.
The same organization with the same mission now has a different name. Work will continue in Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Jim Rennie, CEO, shares why we’ve changed our name and what changes can be expected. We are excited to watch this change open many new doors and reach thousands of more children.