The challenges in India continue, as government restrictions prevent the children’s homes reopening. Our children joined us from families who could not support them, from labouring or construction jobs paying less than 100 rupees (£1) per day. We have always maintained family ties, so all children have been found a home to go to, but the pandemic has made already difficult circumstances drastically worse. When the labouring and construction jobs were stopped in March, many families lost their only source of income and risk falling into debt.
Our partner trustees in India continue to do their valuable work out in the community, delivering food parcels to keep the children and their families sustained. With schools closed, the trustees have delivered homework packs to support the children’s education and prevent them from falling behind. Our aims have always been to support the children into further education and successful employment, so it is important that their future prospects are not impacted by this turbulent year. It is only with the continued support of our donors that we can supply these resources.