What happens to the children?
Addiction does not destroy the lives of addicts alone, but whole families and their homes. The children are the ones that suffer the most.
In many nations, including ours, the society has come to expect the government to provide social services and a safety net for abandoned and ill cared for children.
In India a well developed and comprehensive welfare network does not exist.
India’s 1.2 billion population contains the largest number of street children at risk in the world.
Asha Bhawan has opened its heart and doors to the younger generation of displaced people who can be found living on the streets and begging in public places. They find themselves trapped in an environment where they commit crimes, become victims of crime, begin a life of addiction sniffing glue and gasoline, and are often drawn into prostitution. Some have parents. Some are orphans. But all are without parental care.
Many do not know their own age or family name. They lack the most basic hygiene, sanitation, healthcare, food, clothing, shelter, and education— everything that most of us take for granted.
What Can You Do For these Children?
Asha Bhawan’s communities are found throughout India. Our ability to house and care for the addicts and children who seek entrance is only limited by the resources made available to us. By supporting the Asha Bhawan Children’s Project financially, you will be helping to provide Indian children at risk with a home in a safe and orderly environment.
There, under the loving care and supervision of Asha Bhawan’s house parents and staff, the children will receive a balanced diet, clothing, healthcare, and an education. They will be privileged to grow up in a rich atmosphere of loving fellowship and nurture. They will attend school and will also participate in sports, recreational, and cultural activities.
‘The A,B,C’s of God’s Love’
God is love. We believe that the world needs to see God’s love in action. The Asha Bhawan Children’s Project provides people the opportunity to express their love in a very practical way, and which will change the lives and destinies of some of the neediest children in the world.
While Asha Bhawan’s adult communities have significant income generating projects which help to defer the costs of their stay in the community, the Asha Bhawan children are too young to participate in those kinds of activities. Their duty is to study and play and grow in every aspect. Their needs are partially met by the efforts of the adult Asha Bhawan community and the generous support of Asha Bhawan’s friends in India and beyond India’s borders.