Reaching out to help the homeless and the loveless
in their plight.
In 2002, two of us visited India, discussed with our friends there the need for schooling for the rag-pickers in a poor slum area, and agreed to do something about it on the flight home. Later that year the school opened with 117 children getting basic education for the first time.
In India our local partners do all the hard work, which has expanded to include taking in orphans, housing discarded and abused women, loving the unloved, the lost and the lonely. We provide support financially, in prayer, practically and have made a commitment to that support enduring.
Back in 2019 we were enjoying the blessings of a lot of hard work and generosity to get Agape School to full secondary school status and registration. Little did we know that in 2020 the school would be emptied for six months by a global pandemic, the silent playground being paralleled by the labour/jobs market in the areas where we work.
It is estimated that the national lockdown across India made 165 million people unemployed overnight. Whilst the situation has improved a bit since then, many families still face dire poverty and food shortages, which are likely to continue for months or even years.
We responded to this need immediately. We diverted emergency funding of £4,000 to feed over 100 local families for the early weeks of the lockdown. We have refined the program now and our funding of £1,000 per month provides basic food and hygiene necessities for 160 local families living in poverty (often single parent/orphan households or those with disabilities/long term illness).