Forgotten Children Worldwide assists abandoned, vulnerable, and trafficked children around the world. They do it by safeguarding children from and lifting them out of extreme poverty while preventing them from falling victim to the evils of human trafficking. One of the ways that is done is through child sponsorship.
For less than $1 per day, a sponsor can provide an education, clothing, food, first-aid medical care and spiritual mentoring for an orphan or vulnerable child in need around the world. 100% of the sponsorship funds go directly to benefit the child. Sponsors receive letters and pictures from the child twice a year and have the opportunity to write their child(ren) as well. Relationships are built. Lives are changed.
We decided to do our part to impact the life of one of these children. Let me introduce you to the newest member of our family.
Sujatha Sougalad is a seven year-old girl who lives in an orphan home Hubli, India. Her father was a drunk who abandoned his wife because she did not conceive a male child. In India, girls have little value and women who fail to give birth to a son are often shunned by society. Sujatha has 3 siblings, all are girls. Mother was left to care for all four children on her own with no personal assets and no job. She decided to sell her body to make ends meet. At the age of six, Sujatha was left to care for the other children. Her neighbors abused her, forced her to clean their yard, fetch water from the local tap, and collect fuel. She was just a baby, caring for babies and doing the work of a grown adult. Mom was never home. She could not care for Sujatha so she searched for a solution. The answer………sell Sujatha or pledge her to any landlord (for slavery) who would give her money. Thankfully, a pastor associated with Forgotten Children Worldwide stepped in and ultimately saved Sujatha’s life.
Can you imagine? A baby caring for babies. A child forced to do manual labor day after day. An innocent child made a slave!
Today, Sujatha is living in a home where she receives the love and care that she deserves. Our monthly sponsorship dollars are helping to buy her clothes, feed her, and provide her an education. Although she is half-way around the world, she is part of our family. We think about her often and we keep her and her caretakers in our prayers. We are looking forward to getting to know her better and corresponding with her through letters and photos.
There are millions of children around the world just like Sujatha. Children who are living in horrific conditions. Children who are abandoned and left to survive on their own. Children who are sold by their parent into the sex trade where they become prostitutes serving 6-12 men per day. You can make a difference in the lives of these children. I encourage you to visit Forgotten Children Worldwide’s website to see the children who need assistance. Maybe you, too, can give the gift of sponsorship!