Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000013
00:03 In this episode of Hope In Motion,
00:06 Jim Rennie CEO for Asian Aid USA,
00:09 looks back on the past year and remembers the moments
00:12 and the faces that gave him hope.
00:15 I was excited to go and meet Jyothi
00:18 and to see how she had learned tailoring
00:20 and how this class had made a real difference
00:23 for her and her family both for learning this skill
00:26 to provide for her family and for her income.
00:30 And a 15-year-old girl faces unimaginable trauma
00:34 at the hands of sex traffickers.
00:38 I was told until I earned the money back
00:40 I wasn't allowed to leave.
00:42 I cried for days, I wanted to runaway
00:45 but there was security all around.
00:48 When we took her to the government home
00:51 she discovered that she was HIV positive and pregnant,
00:55 three months pregnant the same day.
00:57 Stay tuned for the dramatic season finale of Hope In Motion.
01:12 India is a land full of contrast.
01:17 It's a land of great mystery and beauty.
01:20 It's a land of unspeakable despair.
01:24 By traveling through India one thing is for sure,
01:27 it's a land filled with people
01:29 who should never be underestimated.
01:32 For the last 40 years
01:34 Asian Aid has invested in the futures of people
01:37 who had never been given such a chance
01:39 and their investment has proven infinite returns.
01:44 Driven by the vision of Helen Eager
01:46 dedicated to helping those who have the least,
01:49 Asian Aid is an organization
01:50 implementing diverse development projects
01:53 and sponsoring thousands of children.
01:56 Their outreach spans from Bangladesh to Nepal,
01:59 Sri Lanka and beyond from remote villages
02:03 in empty fields to sprawling centers of education
02:07 from nothing to the unimaginable.
02:10 Now, Asian Aid decided to document
02:13 the work it has been doing all these years
02:15 with the desire to show the world
02:17 what is possible by digging wells
02:19 in remote villages for clean drinking water
02:22 and bringing much needed healthcare
02:24 to the woman of Nepal,
02:26 by providing an education for orphans,
02:28 deaf, and blind children,
02:30 giving them a sense of place, a home.
02:33 But what we really discovered was being given was hope.
02:37 Giving hope to children, giving hope to women,
02:41 giving hope to the ones who needed the most,
02:45 this is Hope In Motion.
03:06 For the past four years
03:08 Jin Rennie has been serving the people of India and Nepal
03:10 as the CEO for Asian Aid USA.
03:14 Originally from Christ Church New Zealand,
03:16 Jim is currently living in the United States
03:18 but he travels back and forth to India several times a year.
03:22 He is come to know first hand the faces
03:24 and personal stories of the people
03:26 you've met through this series.
03:28 Back in 2010 Asian Aid made a decision
03:32 that it should share the word that it is done
03:34 in South East Asia, especially India.
03:38 Asian Aid has helped thousands and thousands of children
03:41 through sponsorship.
03:43 It is help a blind and the deaf
03:45 and has supported many orphanages.
03:47 This series was to show
03:49 how Asian Aid has given so many children
03:52 and so many communities real hope.
03:56 Through our Hope In Motion series
03:58 we have been able to share with you
04:00 how Asian Aid over the years
04:02 is empowering women in some of the tribal villages
04:05 of Andhra Pradesh.
04:07 We are teaching them how to do business
04:09 and coaching them in schools like tailoring
04:12 and giving them a dignified livelihood
04:15 so they can really take care of their families.
04:18 We saw Jyothi narrate her story of hope
04:21 because she was able to attend tailoring classes
04:25 and the dream she has for her family.
04:27 Just a couple of months ago
04:29 I was excited to go and meet Jyothi
04:32 and to see how she had learned tailoring
04:34 and how this class had made a real difference
04:37 for her and her family both by learning this skill
04:40 to provide for her family and for income.
04:44 We saw stories coming out of our deaf school in Kollegal,
04:47 where one of our first students from the school
04:50 is now working in a good job
04:52 and is supporting his parents and disable sister.
04:56 We also met Pradeep
04:58 who were struggling with sign language
05:00 when he arrived at the school.
05:02 But the school, the staff
05:04 and the students made him really feel at home.
05:07 Staff like Shiny and her husband Jacob
05:10 are making a real difference.
05:13 We get love it's-- money just comes and goes.
05:16 It comes today it goes tomorrow
05:17 but hundred students love,
05:20 you won't earn it in your lifetime.
05:22 Volunteers are an integral part
05:24 of our project work with Asian Aid.
05:26 In the beginning of the last academic year
05:28 we had a young group called, Heart Slide group
05:31 come from United States
05:33 and spend sometime with the children at our school
05:35 for the blind in Bobbili.
05:37 It was a huge placing both of the blind children
05:41 and the volunteers.
05:44 Bye, Sam. Bye, bye.
05:46 Bye, bye. Bye, bye.
05:48 We miss you. Miss you, bye.
05:52 In the fourth episode we met Sue Smith an Asian Aid supporter
05:56 who along with her church members
05:58 is doing their best to make the school of Vizianagaram
06:02 a better place for their children.
06:11 One of the schools that we are really proud of
06:13 is the Emmanuel Adventist School at Jaipur.
06:16 This school was a team effort from the start
06:18 that had the vision of Helen Eager her founder
06:22 with support of Garwin McNeilus from the USA
06:25 and the building was built Maranatha.
06:28 This school caters to the tribal areas in Jaipur,
06:32 including the bonded tribe.
06:35 We also saw had God's prediction was at Jaipur
06:39 during the riots that occurred.
06:42 I think sometimes God allows
06:45 certain things to happen for good.
06:48 One of things that really makes me happy
06:50 is when I see Asian Aid children
06:53 after finishing their education come back and work for us,
06:57 work for one of the many schools
07:00 where we have children.
07:02 In our episode give we saw exactly that.
07:07 When I was born I born like a sighted person,
07:12 when I have three years that time
07:14 I loosed my eyes because of eye cancer.
07:17 Some of the most despairing stories
07:19 come from the school for the blind here in Bobbili.
07:23 We witness the tragic story of Shankar,
07:26 who lost both eyes because of cancer.
07:29 It is amazing to see how he has lifted himself up
07:33 and has a courageous outlook in life.
07:36 This is only possible again
07:38 because of the good leadership of the staff
07:40 at the Bobbili blind school
07:42 who go beyond the call of duty
07:44 to make this place comfortable for children like Prince.
07:50 The-- whatever Christ has done on this earth,
07:53 we the teachers have taken it up as a challenge
07:56 to do our small little part.
07:58 This past year our major project
08:00 has been the building of the new home
08:03 for the Sunrise children in Bobbili.
08:06 For a longtime they had to put out
08:08 with the pooling conditions
08:10 which they all took on their stride.
08:12 But they deserve something better.
08:15 We are happy to provide a home
08:16 for someone like Hannah and Joshua.
08:19 It is also exciting for us
08:21 when these children take a stand for Jesus
08:24 and want to be baptized.
08:26 Last year I was privileged to be a part of the baptism service
08:30 with 30 of our children from Sunrise Home to baptism.
08:36 Who can forget the story of Keerthana.
08:38 We were at the home when she arrived.
08:41 We saw the tears and the pain, and we heard out that's--
08:45 that she would last no more than a week.
08:47 But within a week she was a completely different person.
08:51 She was happy and smiling
08:53 and recently our visit at Elim home
08:55 and saw the difference that has been made.
08:58 It's so exciting to see the difference
09:00 what sponsorship is making with these children.
09:04 A large part of our success goes to our field workers
09:08 who carry out an important job
09:10 and check to see if Asian Aid children
09:13 are well and taken care of in their respective schools.
09:17 Some of our filed workers have to travel long distances
09:20 to check on a school.
09:22 We are so thankful for the work they do.
09:30 Asian Aids work in India began at Sunshine Home.
09:34 Beulah Fernandez has given many years of service
09:37 to the hundreds of children
09:39 who have come through Sunshine Home
09:41 and gone on the greater things.
09:43 Her patience and her love for the children
09:45 not only reflects that the strong Christian ethic
09:49 but also reflects the work that Asian Aid is committed to.
10:17 It's encouraging to look back on the difference
10:19 Asian Aid has made to the love and support of their donors.
10:23 But looking forward there is still more work to be done.
10:29 I was told until I earned the money back
10:31 I wasn't allowed to leave.
10:40 Covers are right here.
10:42 I love you. Happy day in school.
10:45 Bye. Bye.
10:47 See to night.
10:48 Give my love to Meena.
10:49 I will.
11:20 You can make a big difference every morning.
11:23 Sponsor a child with Asian Aid.
11:44 I'm here today in Andhra Pradesh, India,
11:46 at the Vizianagaram school with my friend Adarsh.
11:49 Seven years old and my family, myself sponsored him.
11:53 Everyday he's able to accommodation,
11:55 food, clothes and a good education.
11:59 We want you to know what a blessing this is
12:01 and that you too can make the difference
12:03 in the life of a child everyday through sponsorship.
12:24 Asian Aid's primary focus
12:25 is always been providing education to poor
12:28 and needy children through its sponsorship program.
12:31 Especially children from tribal areas, orphans,
12:34 blind and the speech and hearing impaired.
12:37 In doing so Asian Aid was confronted
12:39 with many other pressing issues.
12:42 One of those issues being human trafficking.
12:45 It's estimated that human trafficking
12:47 is a 32 billion dollar industry worldwide, with Nepal
12:52 and India being amongst the biggest contributors.
12:55 Although women and girls are the most affected
12:58 boys and men are also subjected to force to labor
13:00 and sexual exploitation.
13:03 In 2010 Asian Aid partner
13:05 with nonprofit organization called Oasis.
13:08 Works men in government agencies in Nepal and India
13:11 to rescue girls who have been trafficked
13:13 and they also work with communities
13:15 to prevent trafficking from happening.
13:17 And they also work with communities
13:18 to prevent trafficking from happening.
13:21 We've been working with the Oasis India
13:23 for two years now,
13:24 on Anti Human Trafficking Program.
13:28 The reason we work with Oasis India is
13:30 because we believe in the mission
13:33 of what they are doing,
13:34 they are impairing young people
13:36 to have opportunities that have been taken away from them.
13:40 So they're-- they're restoring those opportunities.
13:42 So Asian Aid is very proud to be in a partnership with Oasis.
13:48 Anita Kanaiya is the associate executive director for Oasis
13:52 and has been with the organization
13:53 for the past several years.
13:56 Asian Aid is funding a lot of our prevention based work
14:00 which we do in local communities here
14:03 as the girls are vulnerable, very vulnerable over here.
14:07 They also fund our rescues.
14:09 So yes, they're very, very happy to have met Asian Aid
14:13 and to partner with them in this work.
14:17 Anita works with a team of dedicated staff
14:20 who conduct dangerous undercover operations to rescue girls
14:23 who've either been kidnapped
14:24 or coerced into slave like conditions.
14:28 There is a lot of nexus between the traffickers
14:30 and the underworld
14:32 and sometimes its law enforcement
14:35 as well that supports these traffickers
14:37 because there's a lot of money.
14:39 We have on many occasions been chased
14:42 or followed as we return from raids or rescues
14:46 because the police don't accompany us
14:49 when we finish the raid or rescue.
14:51 They are there before it but not after.
14:53 So we have been followed,
14:55 we have received threatening phone calls,
14:58 we have been aggressively stopped
15:01 from entering into establishments
15:03 where girls are being hidden.
15:06 Geetha Prabhu is a social worker from Oasis
15:09 and is regularly involved
15:10 in these dangerous rescue missions.
15:12 As a result she often gets to know the victims
15:15 of human trafficking first hands.
15:17 There are so many girls are left vulnerable
15:19 and my heart is there for them,
15:20 that I should do much more for them and that--
15:23 they should come out of that vulnerability
15:24 and they should realize even they can stand on their feet
15:27 and they can lead their life.
15:30 With booming economy
15:31 and growing population in Indian cities
15:34 human trafficking has been on the rise
15:36 in the red-light districts and beyond.
15:38 In recent years the average age of girls
15:40 being trafficked has gotten even younger.
15:44 Well, the age group is getting younger now,
15:47 so I think when I first started work about
15:49 seven or eight years ago
15:50 the average age of girls being trafficked was around 17, 18
15:56 but now we have cases of eight and nine year olds.
16:00 So I would say the average age
16:01 has lowered to above 12 to 15 now
16:04 of girls being trafficked.
16:05 I think the demand is more for younger girls.
16:09 Younger girls are easier prey for traffickers.
16:12 Not really understanding the outside world
16:14 makes them even more vulnerable in many ways.
16:17 The majority of victims come from low income background
16:19 with little or no education.
16:22 Many of them are lured with the promise
16:23 of getting a better job or chance to go to school.
16:32 My name is Sushila.
16:33 I'm a seamstress, I'm 20 years old.
16:37 I was 15 years old and was in seventh grade
16:40 when my parents married me off.
16:43 The Sushila story is like many of the others
16:45 that we found at that time.
16:50 She from a village the Kohler district
16:53 in Kohler district.
16:56 Her parents tried to marry her off
16:58 as a child bride.
17:00 So she wasn't 15 years
17:01 when her parents try to get her married
17:04 and they married her and she runaway from there,
17:08 from her husband's place and came back home
17:10 and they married her off again
17:12 and the second time to another person.
17:15 And she ran back the second time.
17:18 And she was very interested in study
17:20 so she was good a student in the local school
17:22 but they wouldn't have that and the third time
17:25 when they were trying to get her married is when her--
17:29 a friend from the village told her about a job here
17:33 and that you know she was working
17:34 in the garment industry in Bangalore
17:36 and that she would help her to find a job.
17:44 We decided to runaway from the village
17:45 to either work or study.
17:47 When we were at the bus stop a lady befriended us.
17:51 She said, she would give us work in the city
17:53 and she would take us to Bangalore
17:55 but we refused her offer.
17:57 We were about to leave from there
17:59 when she laid her hands on her shoulders
18:02 we don't know what happened.
18:04 We started following her.
18:05 It was like she hypnotized us.
18:08 She took us to a hotel and gave us cool drinks.
18:11 The drinks were spiked
18:13 and we felt all of our senses going numb.
18:16 We were in a bus and that's all I remember.
18:19 The next thing I know we were in Mumbai.
18:23 There was a period of time
18:24 when almost all the girls who are rescued would say,
18:28 we came looking for a job
18:29 we met this lady in the bus stand.
18:31 She offered us the drink
18:32 and we don't remember anything else
18:34 we've turned up in Mumbai.
18:36 So many of them would have the same story.
18:39 Sushila had been sold to a pimp
18:41 in the red-light districts of Mumbai
18:43 for hundred and fifty thousand rupees, or about $3000.
18:50 I was told until I earned the money back
18:52 I wasn't allowed to leave.
18:54 I cried for days.
18:55 I wanted to run but there was security all around.
18:59 I was in that place for 11 months.
19:03 We had no outside communication.
19:05 There were many girls like me about 50 of them
19:08 and some were much younger than I was.
19:12 When these village girls are first taken
19:14 to these places they're literally broken.
19:16 Their-- their whole psyche is broken by pimps
19:22 and they take a long time to recover
19:24 from something like that.
19:25 They're abused, they're whipped, they're beaten,
19:27 they're bitten and you know the kind of things
19:30 that they go through there.
19:32 They are not feed properly so
19:34 many of them you'll see malnutrition,
19:37 very bad dental hygiene.
19:39 You know, all of these-- they have--
19:40 they suffer with the lot of health issues
19:42 but a lot of physiological traumatic issues as well.
19:47 Sushila was subjected to sexual
19:49 and physical abused for nearly a year.
19:54 I tried been there for 11 months
19:56 and a man from Bangalore came to me as a client.
19:59 When he came into my room he told us
20:01 who he really was and we begged him to help us.
20:05 He had hidden a mobile phone with him
20:07 and he handed it over to me and my friend
20:09 so we could call the police.
20:11 She was rescued when we went on an operation
20:14 to rescue somebody else and she happened to be
20:17 in that brothel and pleaded with us
20:19 to take her out and she was brought out.
20:24 When we took her to the government home,
20:26 she discovered that she was HIV positive and pregnant,
20:30 three months pregnant the same day.
20:33 When I was first heard about it, I thought I was going to die.
20:36 I didn't have that information about AIDS at the time
20:39 and I didn't want to live.
20:41 But the people in the rehabilitation center
20:43 counseled me not to take drastic steps.
20:51 Once a victim has been rescued
20:53 they face an onslaught of challenges
20:55 to regain their footing.
20:57 Victims of human trafficking are more likely to develop
20:59 post traumatic stress disorder,
21:01 drug addictions, depression
21:03 and sexually transmitted diseases.
21:06 Once the girl has been raped or spoiled
21:09 or has indulged in any kind of a sexual contact
21:14 then she is known as a spoiled good
21:17 and the traffickers are using that.
21:20 They rape some of the girls and then because,
21:23 you know, the parents don't want to show it,
21:25 the girl won't come out of it she is,
21:27 you know spoiled good then they come
21:30 and offer something to the parents
21:33 who any way want to get rid of the girl
21:35 because it's so shameful that this happened
21:37 and they send her away.
21:38 So virginity and the importance
21:41 that the Indian culture has placed on it
21:43 has also placed a huge burden on the Indian girls
21:50 in terms of what happens to them and how they come out of it.
21:54 Feeling as if they have no other options
21:56 some women return to sex work or resort to suicide.
22:02 This is where Asian Aid and Oasis worked together
22:04 to provide the necessary medical care
22:06 as well as counseling services.
22:09 In addition they teach the women a trade,
22:11 such a sewing which gives them
22:13 an ultimate way of making money.
22:15 We are focused on creating communities
22:18 that will ensure that there is trust
22:21 and there is cohesion
22:23 and that people are loved and accepted
22:25 and that they have a support group
22:28 when they come out of situations like trafficking.
22:33 Sushila was put on retroviral drugs
22:35 to treat her HIV.
22:36 And although it's been over five years
22:38 since her ordeal in Mumbai,
22:39 she continues to go on with her life.
22:42 She attended tailoring classes
22:44 and is now earning a living as seamstress.
22:48 It's not only the Sushila's case
22:49 that we have seen today and we've gone through
22:52 its like thousands of girls like Sushila.
22:54 Girls are very vulnerable, they don't have help
22:57 and we are trying to reach out.
22:58 Like-- I don't know that I can reach out for thousands of girls
23:01 but at least in a year I'm sure that I have reached
23:04 on 300 girls in a year.
23:07 I'll make sure that 300 girls
23:08 I will but sill I'm not satisfied.
23:11 Asian Aid continues to help children
23:13 through sponsorship while also expanding
23:15 their reached to help end human trafficking
23:17 in India and Nepal.
23:20 It is their dream that you too will join them
23:23 and putting Hope In Motion.
24:03 For over 40 years Asian Aid is an organization
24:07 giving hope to so many.
24:09 Their outreach spans from India and Bangladesh
24:12 through Nepal and beyond,
24:14 from remote villages and empty fields
24:18 to sprawling centers of education,
24:21 from nothing to the unimaginable.
24:28 Asian Aid's development projects provide child's sponsorship,
24:31 fresh water and medical care for women and lepra victims.
24:37 They provide a high standard of education
24:39 to empower children.
24:42 Asian Aid has a vision driven by a woman
24:45 humbly fulfilling the biblical principle
24:47 that calls for us to care for the least of these.
24:52 This standard is still true today,
24:55 the need is still there.
25:04 Less than 50% of India's children get an education.
25:08 One million women in Nepal suffer from uterine prolapse
25:11 are in need of immediate surgery.
25:14 Over 5,000 babies die everyday due to extreme poverty.
25:18 These are but a few of the harsh realities.
25:25 Asian Aid is meeting these challenges
25:27 and transforming the lives of so many in need,
25:32 always sticking to their core mission,
25:34 giving hope.
25:46 Asian Aid sponsors thousands of children
25:49 in slums and destitute villages.
25:53 They support over 100 schools and orphanages
25:57 and give them a sense of place a home.
26:02 Well, in my dream I was just thinking
26:04 of a small boarding school with may be 50 children
26:07 and that of course did increase to 200 quite fast.
26:10 But now I've to see these buildings
26:13 and this campus is just so amazing.
26:17 And now there are 750 children actually studying
26:21 and learning so much on this school compound.