Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000050A
00:02 In this episode of Hope In Motion,
00:04 we take a look at how your contributions
00:06 are making positive changes
00:08 in the lives of so many children in India.
00:11 Sixty to seventy percent,
00:13 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 visited 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,
00:33 what we started from with absolutely nothing,
00:36 to see what is there today is just mind boggling, really.
00:42 And meet Devoki, a science teacher
00:44 at the school, who defied all social norms
00:47 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 come to the school and study.
01:01 By this time, I would have
01:03 even got married, having children,
01:05 all those things.
01:19 Asian Aid is an organization giving hope,
01:22 an organization fostering permanent positive change
01:25 in the lives of disadvantaged children
01:27 and their communities,
01:29 an organization that is committed
01:31 to making a difference in the lives of children
01:33 and those who are in need
01:35 serving communities in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
01:39 Myanmar, and India.
01:49 For the last 40 years,
01:51 Asian Aid has invested in the futures of people,
01:53 and their investment has proven infinite returns.
01:58 Driven by their dedication
01:59 to helping those who have the least,
02:02 Asian Aid is an organization
02:04 focused on the welfare of children
02:06 implementing diverse development projects
02:09 and sponsoring thousands of children.
02:12 Their outreach spans from child rescue operations
02:15 to providing an education for orphans, deaf,
02:18 and the blind children,
02:20 giving them a sense of place, a home.
02:23 But above all, Asian Aid is an organization giving hope,
02:27 giving hope to children, giving hope to communities,
02:31 giving hope to the ones who need it the most.
02:35 This is Hope In Motion.
03:02 The beautiful landscapes, its people,
03:05 the colors and customs, that's India in a nutshell.
03:19 Asian Aid has been working in this vast land
03:22 since its very beginning,
03:23 which is nearly 40 years ago now.
03:26 Primarily focused on child sponsorship,
03:29 Asian Aid also has been instrumental
03:31 in building many children's homes and schools
03:34 to complement its sponsorshipprogram.
03:36 The Immanuel English School in Jeypore
03:39 in the state of Orissa
03:40 is one that has undergone a transformation.
03:44 In the beginning, we just were sort of picturing,
03:46 maybe, you know, just a small boarding school.
03:49 We were thinking a lot
03:50 of the very primitive tribal people
03:52 that were there in Orissa,
03:53 especially the Bonda tribals was what,
03:56 you know, we had on our minds
03:57 when we started the school.
03:59 Jeypore and most parts of Orissa
04:01 come under the so-called tribal belt of India
04:04 where primitive tribal people live.
04:07 Cut off from the mainstream societies,
04:09 they live in the mountains in remote regions
04:11 with no basic amenities, largely living off of the land.
04:22 Helen Eager, co-founder of Asian Aid
04:25 has been visiting these communities,
04:27 especially the Bonda tribe.
04:29 Moved by their backwardness and the plight of the children
04:32 from these communities,
04:34 she started a school for them at Jeypore.
04:37 Starting with around 50 children
04:39 and a few staff,
04:40 all under one roof, and without a boundary wall
04:43 to protect them from wild animals,
04:45 it was a testing time for the children, the staff,
04:48 and for principal, Arun Ponda.
04:51 And once Mrs. Eager brought Elder Garwin Mcneilus
04:56 and his wife to visit this place.
04:59 So once when he came over here, he was very much impressed
05:05 with the way children are learning over here,
05:09 and he felt that he will do something.
05:12 He'll take up this project.
05:14 Garwin McNeilus,
05:16 an Adventist businessman from Minnesota impressed
05:19 by what was being done at the school
05:21 took up the project of building a larger facility in 2004.
05:25 Within a year, the first phase of the new campus was ready.
05:29 And year later, it had grown to what it is now.
05:34 We just feel surprised how the things have changed.
05:39 Everything was just like the hill that you see behind,
05:44 full of bushes and unwanted plants.
05:48 So nobody from town
05:50 ever thought that there can be something here.
05:54 But God has blessed this place, and we can see a great change.
06:01 It just sort of amazes me when I think of, you know,
06:03 what we started from with absolutely nothing,
06:07 to see what is there today is just mind boggling, really.
06:26 The larger facility made it possible
06:28 to bring in more children from the tribal communities
06:30 as well as nearby villages.
06:33 As the news of the new facility spread,
06:35 many more children from Adventist
06:37 and non Adventist families
06:39 desired to be educated at the new school.
06:46 Many in rural India struggle to earn
06:48 even two dollars a day.
06:50 Their only way of earning a living
06:51 is grazing their livestock
06:53 or working in the fields.
06:55 Here poverty passes from generation to generation,
06:59 and education is not an option.
07:01 I mean some parts of India really seem to be growing,
07:04 and really, you know,
07:05 India seems to be really coming up as they say,
07:08 but when you go to the villages and the slums,
07:11 they have not improved
07:12 in all the years that, you know,
07:14 I've been coming to India
07:15 which is now more than 30 years.
07:17 You know, when you go to the villages,
07:19 and you see into some of the slums,
07:21 and you see how bad,
07:22 you know, the conditions are of the people
07:24 and the children are living under
07:26 because this, often,
07:27 it's not that they don't want to work,
07:29 but there's just not enough work available.
07:32 Although the majority of the people
07:33 cannot afford to send their children to school,
07:36 they do view education as a catalyst for change.
07:40 Sixty to seventy percent,
07:41 we are dependent on the sponsorship.
07:46 because majority of this children are poor,
07:50 and they don't have any support.
07:55 Without the support of any sponsorship,
07:58 those children would not be here.
08:01 Today over 6,000 children in India
08:04 are sponsored by Asian Aid.
08:06 And because of their commitment to the welfare of children,
08:08 especially children
08:10 from tribal communities and villages,
08:12 these children are reaping the benefits
08:14 of an Adventist education.
08:42 Devoki Moharia,
08:44 a science teacher at the Immanuel English School
08:46 was a former student here.
08:49 I finished my BSc degree in college,
08:52 and I'm very much interested in science
08:55 because I was good at science.
08:58 In this school, I teach mostly, 8th, 9th, 10th.
09:02 I teach them chemistry and biology.
09:05 Devoki was among the first batch of children
09:08 to be brought to the school
09:09 from neighboring villages
09:11 when Helen Eager and some of the staff
09:12 from the school visited these villages.
09:15 I sent messages to the church pastors.
09:19 If there are any children from poverty level,
09:23 and wherever there are no schools.
09:26 So many names came from different churches.
09:31 Then, first, I went to some orphan children,
09:35 then I came to know that there are two girls...
09:39 Very small girls nearby Kotpat town.
09:42 So I went there
09:43 and I met with her father, Devoki.
09:49 Then her father was not willing to send the girl here
09:54 because there was no boundary around,
09:57 and there was only one building build by Asian Aid.
10:01 Then when I went,
10:03 she was the smallest among the two.
10:06 Then she started crying not to take photo.
10:09 I carried her, I gave her chocolate.
10:13 Then I made her to stand,
10:15 then I took a photograph for Mummy Eager,
10:18 and that's how I found her.
10:21 I was very happy
10:22 thinking that I'm going to go to a school,
10:24 a hostel, English medium.
10:26 No one knows in my school what it mean,
10:28 they don't know how to talk in English and all.
10:30 So I was very happy that I will be the person
10:32 to learn English and all.
10:34 So when I came here,
10:36 first two, three days, I was nervous, means,
10:37 I used to remember parents, all this thing.
10:40 And only one single building was there and no boundary.
10:43 It was like jungle.
10:45 And jungle means I really get very, very scared of that.
10:48 And no boundary, no, nothing, only one building was there.
10:51 Boys, girls, staff, everyone in same building.
10:55 Doing all the activities, eating, sleeping, studying,
10:58 everything in the same building.
11:00 With the untiring efforts of Helen Eager,
11:03 and the prayers of staff and children,
11:05 the small school was transformed
11:07 into a huge campus.
11:10 And like a miracle, suddenly Garwin Papa
11:12 and Mama came here.
11:14 So we think and we believe
11:16 that God Himself has chosen this people,
11:18 and He has sent to help His children,
11:21 so that many more souls
11:22 will be added into His kingdom.
11:24 From right at the beginning
11:26 when the school was just one classroom,
11:28 then with the vision of Helen Eager,
11:30 and supporters like Garwin McNeilus,
11:33 this school sprouted into an institution
11:36 that now has, I think about 700 children.
11:39 And of those 600 are sponsored.
11:41 And now we see
11:42 the success stories coming through.
11:44 Devoki, who was right at the school
11:47 when it started,
11:48 she did her education at the school,
11:50 then she went away to university,
11:52 and now she's come back as a science teacher.
11:55 It's just so fantastic to see
11:57 the difference that has made with her,
12:00 but also with the children that are here.
12:03 If it weren't for the timely intervention,
12:05 if Asian Aid and people like Helen Eager,
12:08 Devoki Moharia's life would have seen
12:10 the same misfortunes of many young girls
12:14 just like her in her village.
12:16 In villages that is a rule that when a girl is grown up,
12:20 she should be given in marriage to someone.
12:24 So in my case also it would have been like that
12:26 when I would not have come to the school and study.
12:28 By this time, I would have even got married,
12:30 having children, all those things.
12:41 One of the huge problems that is existing
12:43 in the world today is that of human trafficking.
12:47 Of course, it is a global thing
12:49 but because I have worked a lot in India and Nepal,
12:52 I know that it is huge in these countries.
12:55 And the way these children are treated
12:57 is just unbelievable
12:59 and what they suffer, you just could not believe.
13:03 And so with your help, and we're so excited
13:07 that Asian Aid has now got the project
13:10 called Operation Child Rescue,
13:12 we can make a difference and do something
13:14 for these children before this happens to them,
13:18 and for some of them,
13:20 they can be rescued from this situation.
13:22 If you would like to become involved,
13:24 we would just be so very, very grateful.
13:41 A few years ago,
13:42 I had the privilege of visiting India
13:45 to see how the Asian Aid projects
13:46 are making a difference in that country,
13:49 how lives are being transformed,
13:51 lives of abandoned children,
13:53 tribal children, orphan children,
13:56 children that are being raised
13:57 without the advantages we have here in America.
14:00 And sometimes we take for granted.
14:02 And I discovered one very important thing,
14:04 because of sponsors like you,
14:06 these lives are being transformed,
14:07 the future is made brighter
14:10 because of your prayers and your financial support.
14:13 Because of what you do, they now have nutritious food,
14:16 clothing, and they are able now
14:18 to propel themselves with education
14:20 to look to the future with hope and courage.
14:24 And so on behalf of Asian Aid,
14:25 I want to thank you for all you do,
14:27 your sponsorship.
14:29 And now because of you, they have hope,
14:32 hope for brighter future.
15:00 Life in rural India is simple.
15:03 People live in close quarters
15:05 and as a unit.
15:10 During the day they either go to the field or they graze
15:13 what little livestock they have.
15:15 And there's a clear order of social precedents
15:17 based on gender.
15:19 Women have little or no say in it structure,
15:22 often leading to unjust practices and misery.
15:25 So in villages, parents are uneducated
15:28 and they don't send their children
15:31 when they are small to the school.
15:34 So that is the reason I never went to school.
15:37 In villages that is a rule that when a girl is grown up,
15:40 she should be given in marriage to someone.
15:44 So in my case also it would have been like that
15:46 when I would not have come to the school and study.
15:49 By this time, I would have even got married,
15:51 having children, all those things.
15:54 Child marriage is a common practice
15:56 in South Asia,
15:57 and it's more prevalent in India.
16:00 According to the United Nations Children's Agency, UNICEF,
16:04 80% of girls are married by the age of 15.
16:08 Although Indian law has made child marriage illegal
16:11 and the practice is in decline in recent years,
16:14 customs and traditions dictate life in rural India.
16:18 It is like so in Devoki's village, Besuli.
16:22 At present, I don't have any of my friends to my age.
16:24 Only I'm the girl in my village.
16:27 All are younger to me.
16:28 All have got married.
16:30 By now, she would have got married
16:32 if she would not have studied here.
16:34 By now she would have got married,
16:36 so by now she would have been lost
16:38 in that way.
16:40 But now she is in God's hand.
16:42 She is doing wonderful.
16:45 If my daughter didn't go to school
16:47 like others and get an education,
16:49 her life would have been like others.
17:16 Although Devoki grew up in a boarding school in Jeypore
17:19 and went to college in bigger cities,
17:21 she has not forgotten her roots,
17:23 and is always happy
17:24 to visit her family in her village.
17:28 Yeah, I feel very happy
17:30 because I'm born and brought up in this village.
17:33 And even though I stay in town or something,
17:35 but I still have love for my village,
17:38 for my family members.
17:39 I feel very happy when I come back to my home
17:41 and see them.
17:44 Devoki is the only girl from her village
17:46 to have successfully received a college education.
17:50 And in a community
17:51 where women have little or no say,
17:53 she is treated with the utmost of respect.
17:59 We feel very proud.
18:01 Whenever someone comes to visit us,
18:03 we always tell them about our daughter.
18:05 When she comes here, we are very happy and proud.
18:16 Boys and girls
18:18 from underprivileged backgrounds
18:19 are today able to follow in the footsteps
18:22 of someone like Devoki.
18:24 It's because of institutions like Immanuel English School
18:27 and the people who envisioned it
18:29 to make a difference
18:30 in the lives of so many children.
18:33 Well, as an administrator
18:35 who travels to India and regularly,
18:37 we're just faced
18:38 with so many challenges and demands,
18:41 and it's just so refreshing to stop
18:44 and think about the actual blessings
18:46 that we have.
18:48 We see the problems,
18:49 but we lose sight of the children,
18:51 the children who are in the schools,
18:53 the children who we've made a difference with.
18:59 Ellen White said,
19:01 "Education is the harmonious development
19:03 of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers."
19:07 It prepares the student
19:08 for the joy of service in this world.
19:10 And for the higher joy
19:12 of wider service in the world to come,
19:14 this school campus,
19:16 although situated in a remote region
19:18 of one of India's backward states
19:20 is a fine example of true Adventist education.
19:25 The local community feels that this is the best campus
19:29 that we have.
19:31 No school has such a campus,
19:33 and there is peaceful atmosphere
19:38 to study.
19:39 There is no disturbance.
19:41 And everyone feels
19:44 that their child should be educated here.
19:48 Taking care of such a large campus
19:50 requires hard work.
19:51 But for Principal Ponda, that's not an issue.
19:55 Every child and staff member living on campus
19:58 has their work cut out,
19:59 and they do it with enthusiasm.
20:02 I travel to many schools in India,
20:04 but it's just so delightful to come to this one at Jeypore
20:08 because when you walk in the gate,
20:10 the grounds, the trees, they always keep it clean.
20:14 They repaint from time to time.
20:17 The children are involved in doing the maintenance,
20:20 and doing the gardens, and that just makes
20:22 a total difference not only in the grounds
20:25 but on the development of the children themselves.
20:29 A harmonious development indeed.
20:42 Education in India is highly competitive
20:45 and the school as big and beautiful
20:47 as it may be has to compete
20:49 with other institutions for it to be influential,
20:52 and to continue to be held in high regard.
20:55 The trend of education is changing.
20:58 And the latest, we have digital classes.
21:03 And as you know throughout India,
21:04 there is a change in the education system,
21:08 and we want to go with the latest technology,
21:11 and that is why we opted for this digital class.
21:14 It is very user-friendly.
21:16 Students also can operate.
21:18 It's just like a TV remote.
21:21 Even if a teacher is absent,
21:23 still they have the subjects,
21:24 they have the chapters,
21:26 and they have the evaluation test.
21:28 The students can take the test by themselves,
21:32 and they can know
21:34 what score they are getting
21:35 in particular chapter or lesson.
21:37 Whatever the student needs to understand,
21:40 everything is given clearly.
21:42 And whatever the teacher is teaching in the classroom,
21:45 and what questions they have finished
21:47 in the classroom,
21:49 we can access that in the server room.
21:54 Cutting edge technology for the changing times.
21:57 Today, the Immanuel English School
21:59 at Jeypore is not only a boon for children
22:02 from tribal communities and villages,
22:04 but it's also a huge draw
22:06 for children from neighboring states.
22:34 Wow, look at that.
22:35 Just so many kids,
22:37 most of them from poor backgrounds,
22:39 most of them from tribal areas,
22:41 and look they're getting an education,
22:43 they're disciplined,
22:44 they're learning to be organized.
22:46 And the education is making a real difference to them.
22:49 I just wish I could bring some more in this.
22:51 So many out there and put them in this environment.
22:54 Look at it, it's just fabulous.
22:57 The growing realization of the need to bring
22:59 in many more children can be discouraging,
23:03 but it's reassuring to know that with sponsorship,
23:06 we can go about making a difference one day at a time.
23:10 When we are at home,
23:12 sometime we are not getting three meals to eat,
23:15 no good place to sleep.
23:17 So when schools are that, like this school,
23:20 they are providing meals, education, everything,
23:23 sponsors, they are struggling hard
23:25 to educate some other's lives.
23:27 That is something very great to understand.
23:29 Since sponsorship was there, I studied.
23:34 So I'm so much grateful to my sponsor.
23:37 And to me, it's really wonderful
23:39 just to see the changes,
23:40 you know, when you see a child come looking dirty,
23:44 and unhappy,
23:46 and know that nobody cares about them.
23:48 And then after a very short time
23:50 to see the transformation,
23:52 and then after a few years to see them really doing well,
23:56 I think that's what makes it worthwhile.
24:00 Devoki, although having better offers
24:02 to teach outside in bigger cities,
24:04 has come back to teach in the place
24:07 that gave her a new chance in life.
24:10 Actually my education,
24:13 my foundation started from here.
24:16 So I thought first let me serve to my place,
24:20 the place where I belong to,
24:21 where I've got my foundation.
24:23 Whatever talent I have, let me show to those people,
24:25 so that those students also will learn about that.
24:29 That's so lovely to see some of the young people
24:32 with that kind of commitment and gratitude to Asian Aid,
24:35 and for the sponsors that have helped them
24:37 to get an education and to be where they are.
24:41 I feel very proud because whatever I did for her,
24:46 I got the fruit.
25:01 Today, Asian Aid continues to fulfill its commitment
25:04 to the welfare of children who are in need,
25:06 and to provide them
25:08 with an education through sponsorship,
25:10 giving them hope and a chance for a better life.
25:16 They are building lives.
25:18 Students and children they are in darkness.
25:21 They are receiving the light in their lives.
25:25 If they are at home,
25:26 the lights are being off or gone away,
25:28 but once they're coming here,
25:30 their light of their lives is being on.
25:33 Because since I think that...
25:35 I feel since I was in this school,
25:37 I'm blessed to be in this position today.
25:50 I just got a letter
25:51 from our sponsored daughter, Sheila.
25:52 And I've got to tell you,
25:54 there is nothing like getting one of these letters.
25:56 Our family has been able to sponsor her
25:58 through Asian Aid,
25:59 and because of that
26:01 she's got a great place to live,
26:02 she's got great meal,
26:03 she's got great clothing, and best of all,
26:06 I found out she is now in college,
26:08 she is in nursing school.
26:10 There is nothing like getting a letter like this.
26:12 You need to start getting these letters too.
26:14 Listen, through Asian Aid, you can make
26:17 a huge difference in the life of a child,
26:20 and I promise you,
26:21 it's going to make a huge difference
26:23 in your life too.