Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000027
00:02 In this episode of Hope in Motion,
00:04 we take a look at how your contributions are making
00:07 positive changes in the lives of so many children in India.
00:11 Sixty to seventy percent we are dependent on the sponsorship.
00:16 Without the support of any sponsorship
00:20 those children would not be here.
00:22 We visit an Adventist school
00:24 that sprung from one woman's vision
00:26 to a sprawling beautiful campus today.
00:30 It just sort of amazes me when I think of, you know,
00:32 what we started from with absolutely nothing.
00:36 To see what is there today is just,
00:39 it's just mind boggling, really.
00:42 And meet Devoki, a science teacher at the school
00:45 who defied all social norms to pursue a life of her own.
00:49 In villages that is a rule that when a girl is grown up,
00:53 she should be given in marriage to someone.
00:57 So in my case also it would have been like that
00:59 when I would not have been come to this school and study,
01:01 by this time I would have been got married,
01:03 having children, all those things
01:16 India is a land full of contrast.
01:20 It's a land of great mystery and beauty.
01:24 It's a land of unspeakable despair.
01:27 By traveling through India one thing is for sure,
01:31 it's a land filled with people
01:32 who should never be underestimated.
01:36 For the last 40 years,
01:38 Asian Aid has invested in the futures of people
01:40 who have never been given such a chance
01:43 and their investment has proven infinite returns.
01:47 Driven by the vision of Helen Eager,
01:49 dedicated to helping those who have the least,
01:52 Asian Aid is an organization
01:54 implementing diverse development projects
01:56 and sponsoring thousands of children.
02:00 Their outreach spans from Bangladesh to Nepal,
02:03 Srilanka and beyond.
02:05 From remote villages and empty fields
02:08 to sprawling centers of education,
02:10 from nothing to the unimaginable.
02:14 Now Asian Aid decided to document the work
02:17 it has been doing all these years
02:19 with the desire to show the world what is possible.
02:22 By digging wells in remote villages
02:24 for clean drinking water
02:26 and bringing much needed healthcare
02:27 to the women of Nepal.
02:30 By providing an education for orphans,
02:32 deaf and blind children, giving them a sense of place, a home
02:37 but what we really discovered was being given was hope.
02:40 Giving hope to children, giving hope to women,
02:45 giving hope to the one's who needed the most.
02:49 This is Hope in Motion.
03:09 The beautiful landscapes, its people,
03:11 the colors and customs, that's India in a nutshell.
03:26 Asian Aid has been working in this vast land
03:28 since its very beginning which is nearly 40 years ago now.
03:32 Primarily focused on child sponsorship
03:35 Asian Aid also has been instrumental
03:37 in building many children's homes and schools
03:40 to complement its sponsorship program.
03:43 The Immanuel English School in Jeypore
03:45 in the state of Orissa
03:47 is one that has undergone a transformation.
03:50 In the beginning we just--
03:52 we were sort of picturing may be,
03:54 you know, just a small boarding school.
03:56 We were thinking a lot of the very primitive
03:58 tribal people that are there in Orissa,
04:00 especially the bonda tribals was what, you know,
04:03 we had on our minds when we started the school.
04:06 Jeypore and most parts of Orissa
04:08 come under the so called "tribal belt" of India,
04:11 where primitive tribal people live.
04:13 Cut off from the mainstream societies,
04:16 they live in the mountains and remote regions
04:18 with no basic amenities, largely living off of the land.
04:29 Helen Eager, co-founder of Asian Aid
04:31 has been visiting these communities,
04:34 especially the bonda tribe.
04:36 Moved by their backwardness and the plight of the children
04:39 from these communities
04:40 she started a school for them at Jeypore.
04:43 Starting with around 50 children
04:45 and a few staff all under one roof
04:48 and without a boundary wall
04:49 to protect them from wild animals
04:51 it was a testing time for the children,
04:54 the staff and for Principal Arun Ponda.
04:58 And once Mrs. Eager brought Elder Garwin McNeilus
05:02 and his wife to visit this place.
05:06 So once when he came over here he was very much impressed
05:11 with the way children are learning over here
05:16 and he felt that he will do something,
05:18 he'll take up this project.
05:21 Garwin McNeilus an Adventist businessman from Minnesota
05:25 impressed by what was being done at the school
05:27 took up the project of building a larger facility in 2004.
05:32 Within a year the first phase of the new campus was ready
05:35 and year later it had grown to what it is now.
05:40 We just feel surprised how the things have changed.
05:46 Everything was just like the hill that you see behind
05:51 full of bushes and unwanted plants.
05:55 So nobody from town ever thought
05:58 that there can be something here,
06:00 but God has blessed this place and we can see a great change.
06:07 It just sort of amazes me when I think of, you know,
06:10 what we started from with absolutely nothing.
06:14 To see what is there today is just,
06:16 it's just mind boggling, really.
06:32 The larger facility made it possible to bring in
06:35 more children from the tribal communities
06:37 as well as nearby villages.
06:39 As the news of the new facility spread,
06:42 many more children from Adventist
06:44 and non-Adventist families
06:45 desired to be educated at the new school.
06:52 Many in rural India struggle to earn even two dollars a day.
06:56 Their only way of earning a living
06:58 is grazing their livestock or working in the fields.
07:01 Here, poverty passes from generation to generation
07:05 and education is not an option.
07:08 I mean some parts of India really seem to be growing
07:11 and really, you know, India seems to be really
07:13 coming up as they say but when you go the villages
07:16 and the slums they have not improved in all the years that,
07:20 you know, that I have been coming to India
07:21 which is now more than 30 years.
07:24 You know, when you to the villages and you see
07:26 and to some of the slums and you see how bad,
07:29 you know, the conditions are that the people
07:31 and the children living under because this often
07:34 its not that they don't want to work
07:35 but there is just not enough work available.
07:38 Although the majority of the people cannot afford
07:41 to send their children to school,
07:43 they do view education as a catalyst for change.
07:46 Sixty to seventy percent we are dependent on the sponsorship
07:53 because majority of this children are poor
07:56 and they don't have any support.
08:02 Without the support of any sponsorship
08:04 those children would not be here.
08:07 Today, over 6,000 children in India are sponsored by Asian Aid
08:12 and because of their commitment to the welfare of children
08:15 especially children from tribal communities and villages,
08:19 these children are reaping the benefit
08:21 of an Adventist education.
08:49 Devoki Moharia, a science teacher
08:51 at the Immanuel English School was a former student here.
08:55 I finished my B.sc degree in college
08:59 and I'm very much interested in science
09:01 because I was good at science.
09:04 In this school I teach mostly eighth, ninth and tenth.
09:08 I teach them chemistry and biology.
09:12 Devoki was among the first batch of children
09:14 to be brought to the school from neighboring villages
09:17 when Helen Eager and some of the staff from the school
09:20 visited these villages.
09:22 I sent messages to the church pastors
09:26 if there are any children from the poverty level
09:29 and wherever there are no schools.
09:32 So many names came from different churches.
09:38 Then, first I went to some orphan children
09:42 then I came to know there are two girls,
09:45 very small girls nearby Kotpat town.
09:49 So I went there and I met with her father Deboki.
09:55 Then her father was not willing to send the girl here
10:01 because there was no boundary around
10:03 and there was only one building built by Asian Aid.
10:08 Then when I went she was the smallest among the two.
10:12 Then she started crying not to take photo.
10:16 I carried her, I gave her a chocolate.
10:19 Then I made her to stand then I took a photograph
10:23 for mommy Eager and that's how I found her.
10:27 I was very happy thinking that I'm going to go to a school,
10:30 a hostel, English medium.
10:33 No one knows in my school what is English.
10:35 Means they don't know how to talk in English and all
10:37 so I was very happy that I will be the person
10:39 to learn English and all.
10:41 So when I came here first two or three days I was nervous
10:44 means I used to remember parents all those things
10:46 and only one single building was there
10:48 and no boundary, it was like a jungle and jungle means
10:52 I really get very, very scared of that.
10:55 And no boundary no nothing, only one building was there
10:58 boys, girls, staff everyone in the same building
11:01 doing all the activities eating, sleeping, studying
11:04 everything in the same building.
11:06 With the untiring efforts of Helen Eager
11:09 and the prayers of staff and children
11:11 the small school was transformed into huge campus.
11:16 And like a miracle suddenly Garwin Papa and Mama came here.
11:21 So we think and we believe that
11:23 God himself has chosen this people
11:25 and He has sent to help His children
11:28 so that many more souls will be added into His kingdom.
11:31 From right at the beginning
11:32 when this school was just one class room
11:34 then with the vision of Helen Eager
11:37 and supporters like Garwin McNeilus
11:39 this school spread into an institution
11:42 that now has I think about 700 children
11:45 and of those 600 responsive
11:48 and now we see the success stories coming through.
11:51 Devoki, who was right at the school when it started,
11:55 she did her education at the school
11:57 then she went away to university
11:59 and now she has come back as a science teacher.
12:02 It's just so fantastic to see the difference
12:04 that has made with her
12:06 but also with the children that are here.
12:09 If it weren't for the timely intervention of Asian Aid
12:13 and people like Helen Eager, Devoki Maharia's life
12:16 would have seen the same misfortunes
12:18 of so many young girls just like her in her village.
12:23 In villages that is a rule that when a girl is grown up,
12:26 she should be given in marriage to someone.
12:30 So in my case also it would have been like that
12:32 when I would not have been come to this school and study.
12:35 By this time I would have been got married,
12:37 having children, all those things.
12:53 My wife Angela and I are here in Andhra Pradesh, India
12:56 visiting some of the Asian Aid projects to see for ourselves
13:00 how the work that is being done here is transforming lives.
13:03 Especially the lives of orphaned children and abandoned children,
13:08 children from the tribal communities
13:10 and we have discovered that because of sponsors like you
13:13 they now have a place that they can call home,
13:15 they have wonderful clothing, nutritious food
13:18 and they are being prepared to propel themselves
13:21 into the future for a promising career.
13:24 But above all that because of sponsors like you
13:27 they now have hope, hope for a better future.
13:43 My name is Sue Smith and I am an Asian Aid sponsor.
13:46 I am here in India visiting our sponsored children.
13:49 I have seen the difference that Asian Aid
13:51 makes in the life of a child, it's a real change
13:55 and I appreciate the work that Asian Aid does here.
14:12 Well, I am here in Sunrise Home with Sheela.
14:15 Now my family and I have been sponsoring Sheela
14:17 for just about a year now and I can tell you being here
14:20 and spending time with her I can see the difference
14:23 the sponsorship is making in her life.
14:25 She now has plenty of food, she has a beautiful place
14:28 to sleep each night, she has clothes,
14:31 she has a school uniform and an excellent education.
14:34 I can tell you it's made a difference in her life
14:37 and it's made a difference in our lives too.
14:40 Now through sponsorship you too
14:42 can make a difference in the life of a child everyday.
15:12 Life in rural India is simple.
15:15 People live closed quarters and as a unit.
15:22 During the day they either go to the field
15:24 or they graze what little livestock they have.
15:27 There is a clear order of social precedence based on gender.
15:31 Women have little or no say in its structure
15:34 often leading to unjust practices and misery.
15:38 In villages parents they are uneducated
15:40 and they don't send to the
15:43 children when they are small to the school.
15:46 So that is the reason I never went to school.
15:48 In villages that is a rule that when a girl is grown up,
15:52 she should be given in marriage to someone.
15:56 So in my case also it would have been like that
15:58 when I would not have been come to this school and study.
16:01 By this time I would have been got married,
16:03 having children, all those things
16:06 Child marriage is a common practice in south Asia
16:09 and it's more prevalent in India.
16:11 According to the United Nations Children's Agency,
16:14 Unicef, 18 percent of girls are married by the age of 15.
16:20 Although Indian law has made child marriage illegal
16:23 and the practice is in decline in recent years,
16:26 customs and traditions dictate life in rural India.
16:30 It is like so in Devoki's village, Basuli.
16:34 At present I don't have any of my friends to my age.
16:36 Only I'm the girl in my village,
16:39 all are younger to me, all have got married.
16:42 By now she would have got married
16:44 if she would not have studied here.
16:46 By now she would have got married,
16:48 so by now she would have been lost in that way.
16:52 But now she is in God's hand.
16:54 She is doing wonderful.
16:57 If my daughter didn't go to school like others
17:00 and get an education her life would have been like others.
17:28 Although Devoki grew up in a boarding school in Jeypore
17:31 and went to college in bigger cities
17:33 she has not forgotten her roots
17:35 and is always happy to visit her family in her village.
17:40 Yeah, I feel very happy because
17:42 I'm born and brought up in this village
17:45 and even though I stay in a town or something now
17:47 but I still have love for my village, for my family members.
17:51 I feel very happy when I come back to my home and see them.
17:56 Devoki is the only girl from her village
17:58 to have successfully received a college education
18:02 and in a community where women have little or no say,
18:05 she is treated with the utmost of respect.
18:11 We feel very proud whenever someone comes to visit us
18:14 we always tell tem about our daughter.
18:16 When she comes here we are very happy and proud.
18:29 Boys and girls from under privileged backgrounds
18:31 are today able to follow in the footsteps
18:34 of someone like Devoki.
18:36 It's because of institutions like Immanuel English School
18:39 and the people who envisioned it to make a difference
18:42 in the lives of so many children.
18:45 Well, as an administrator who travels to India regularly
18:49 we just faced with so many challenges and demands
18:53 and it's just so refreshing to stop
18:56 and think about the actual blessing that we have.
18:59 We receive the problems but we lose side of the children,
19:03 the children who are in the schools,
19:05 the children who we've made a difference with.
19:11 Ellen White said, Education is the harmonious development
19:15 of the physical, mental, spiritual powers
19:19 It prepares the student
19:20 for the joy of service in this world
19:22 and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.
19:26 The school campus although situated
19:29 in remote region of one of India's backward states
19:32 is a fine example of true Adventist education.
19:37 The local community feels that
19:39 this is the best campus that we have.
19:42 And no school has such a campus
19:45 and there is peaceful atmosphere, atmosphere to study.
19:51 There is no disturbance and everyone feels that
19:56 their child should be educated here.
20:00 Taking care of such a large campus requires hard work
20:03 but for principal Ponda that's not an issue.
20:07 Every child and staff member living on campus
20:10 has their work cut out and they do it with enthusiasm.
20:14 I traveled to many schools in India
20:16 but it's just so delightful to come to this one at Jeypore
20:20 because when you walk in the gate the grounds, the trees,
20:24 they always keep it clean, they repaint from time to time.
20:29 The children are involved in doing the maintenance
20:32 and doing the gardens and that just makes a total difference
20:35 not only in the grounds
20:37 but in the development of the children themselves.
20:41 A harmonious development indeed.
20:54 Education in India is highly competitive
20:56 and the school is big and beautiful as it may be
21:00 has to compete with other institutions
21:03 for it to be influential
21:04 and to continue to be held in high regard.
21:07 The trend of education is changing
21:10 and the latest we have the digital classes.
21:14 And as you know throughout India there is a
21:17 change in the education system
21:20 and we want to go with the latest technology
21:23 and that is why we opted for this digital class.
21:26 It is very user friendly, students also can operate.
21:30 It's just like a TV remote.
21:33 Even if the teacher is absent still they have the subjects,
21:36 they have the chapters and they have the evaluation test.
21:40 The students can themselves take the test on there by themselves
21:45 and they can know what score they are getting
21:47 in particular chapter or lesson.
21:49 Whatever the student need to understand,
21:52 everything is given clearly.
21:54 And whatever the teacher is teaching in the classroom,
21:57 and what questions they have finished in the classroom,
22:00 they can, we can access that in the server room.
22:06 Cutting edge technology for the changing times.
22:09 Today, they Immanuel English School at Jeypore,
22:12 is not only a boon for children
22:14 from tribal communities and villages,
22:16 it is also a huge draw for children
22:19 from neighboring states.
22:46 Wow, look at that, just so many kids
22:48 most of them from poor backgrounds,
22:51 most of them from tribal areas
22:53 and look they are getting an education, they are disciplined,
22:56 they are learning to be organized
22:58 and the education is making a real difference to them.
23:01 I just wish I could bring some more in there is
23:03 so many out there and put them in this environment.
23:06 Look at it, it's just fabulous.
23:09 The growing realization of the need
23:11 to bring in many more children can be discouraging
23:15 but it's reassuring to know that with sponsorship
23:18 we can go about making a difference one day at a time.
23:22 When we are at home,
23:24 sometimes we are not getting three meals to eat.
23:27 No good place to sleep.
23:29 So when schools are there, like this school,
23:32 they are providing meals, education everything sponsors,
23:35 they are struggling hard to educate some other's life.
23:39 That is something very great to understand.
23:42 Since sponsorship was there I studied and I am in this one
23:46 so I am so much grateful to my sponsor.
23:49 And to me it's really wonderful just to see then changes.
23:52 You know, when you see a child come looking dirty
23:56 and unhappy and know that nobody cares about them
24:00 and then after a very short time to see the transformation
24:04 and then after few years to see them really doing well,
24:07 I think that what makes it worthwhile.
24:11 Devoki, although having better offers
24:14 to teach outside in bigger cities,
24:16 has come back to teach in the place
24:19 that gave her a new chance in life.
24:22 Actually, my education, my foundation started from here.
24:28 So I thought first let me server to my place,
24:32 the place where I belong to, where I have got my foundation.
24:35 Whatever talent I have let me show to those people so that
24:38 those students also will learn about that.
24:41 It's so lovely to see some of the young people
24:44 with that kind of commitment and gratitude to Asian Aid
24:47 and for the sponsors that have helped them to
24:50 get an education and to be where they are.
24:53 I feel proud because whatever I did for her, I got the fruit.
25:13 Today, Asian Aid continues to fulfill its commitment
25:16 to the welfare of children who are in need
25:18 and to provide them with an education through sponsorship,
25:22 giving them hope and a chance for a better life.
25:27 They are building lives.
25:29 That people means students and children
25:32 they are in the darkness,
25:33 they are receiving the light in their lives.
25:36 Once if they are at their home
25:38 the lights are being off or gone away,
25:40 but once they are coming here
25:41 the light of their life is being on.
25:45 Because since I think that,
25:46 I feel since I was in this school
25:49 I am blessed to this position today.
26:01 Girls, you ride is here.
26:02 I love you.
26:03 Have a good day in school.
26:07 See you tonight.
26:08 Give my love to meena.
26:09 I will.
26:41 You can make a big difference every morning.
26:43 Sponsor a child with Asian Aid.