Every year at this time, I travel to a slum in India. I've gotten to know the children really well. They are located about an hour's drive west of Delhi. When I arrive, they all run toward me with big smiles, yelling "Uncle Carl!!" The children were born into senseless poverty. I sponsor them into a local tutoring center so they might one day end their way of life in the streets. In ten years, we have mainstreamed over 500 children into the the government school system. Their tutoring is free because of donor contributions. I also buy each of them warm jackets in the winter, blankets for their families, school uniforms and medical check-ups.
This time of year, it gets down to the 30's at night. They burn plastic to keep warm. You can smell the fires starting around four in the afternoon. The biggest killer of children under five is toxic smoke inhalation, and the mortality rate is off the charts.
Would you be willing to help me raise $2,500 to buy 250 winter jackets and 500 blankets? These two things keep the kids warm so they aren't as prone to hang around the fires. The jackets cost us $5 each. Blankets are $3 each. The children live in open air dwellings thrown together with sticks, blue tarps and corrugated metal sheets. They have no heat, running water, latrines, nor security of any kind.
This Holiday Season, make your giving count. If I raise more than $2,500, the overage will go toward their tuition costs at the tutoring center. Thank you and God bless you this Christmas!