Hope In Motion

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: HIM

Program Code: HIM000104A

00:14 Child Impact International is an organization giving hope
00:18 previously called Asian Aid.
00:20 Child Impact International is an organization
00:22 fostering permanent positive change
00:25 in the lives of disadvantaged children
00:27 and their communities.
00:28 Child Impact is committed to making a difference
00:31 in the lives of children and those who are in need.
00:34 Serving communities in India,
00:35 Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar,
00:39 and will soon expand to other countries.
00:41 For the last 50 years,
00:43 Child Impact has invested in the futures of people
00:46 and their investment is proving infinite returns,
00:48 driven by the dedication
00:50 to helping those who have the least.
00:52 Child Impact is an organization
00:54 focused on the welfare of children,
00:56 implementing diverse development projects
00:59 and sponsoring thousands of children.
01:01 Their outreach expands from child rescue operations
01:04 to providing an education for orphans,
01:06 deaf, and the blind children
01:08 giving them a sense of place, a home,
01:11 but above all, Child Impact is an organization giving hope,
01:15 giving hope to children, giving hope to communities,
01:18 giving hope to the ones who needed the most.
01:21 This is Hope in Motion.
01:30 I'm Jim Rennie.
01:32 For over the last eight years,
01:33 I've been CEO of Asian Aid USA.
01:37 Asian Aid was established over 50 years ago
01:40 and in that time has helped tens of thousands of children
01:44 in over five countries.
01:46 As a part of a bold new strategy,
01:49 we're changing our name.
01:51 We are now Child Impact International.
01:55 We feel our new name
01:56 will better encompass the work that we do.
01:59 Let me briefly explain what I mean.
02:02 This exciting new name Child Impact International
02:07 will give us momentum as we move forward
02:10 to help thousands of additional children.
02:13 As we work with our focus groups,
02:15 we felt Child Impact International describes
02:18 who we are and what we do for the following reasons.
02:23 This name reflects far more clearly
02:25 the critical work that we're doing
02:27 with very needy students,
02:29 their families and mission schools.
02:32 Child Impact International gives momentum and direction
02:36 to a bold growth strategy
02:38 that will impact the lives
02:39 of thousands of additional children.
02:42 This name avoids any confusion in regards to where we work
02:46 and what people consider Asia.
02:50 This name gives a clear distinction
02:52 between this organization and Asian Aid Australia,
02:56 which are completely separate.
02:58 The name Child Impact International
03:01 provides us the opportunity to help more children
03:05 and expand our activity beyond Asia.
03:09 Internally, nothing will change,
03:12 the board, staff, policies,
03:14 and work we do will stay the same,
03:17 and at the same level of excellence
03:19 that we're known for.
03:21 We're staying in Collegedale, Tennessee.
03:23 Philosophically however,
03:25 the new name Child Impact International
03:29 will allow our organization to expand
03:32 and give momentum to help
03:34 thousands of new needy children.
03:43 You have an opportunity to be involved
03:45 in the mission field every day,
03:47 every morning with child sponsorship.
03:49 You can impact on the lives of children
03:52 just like these ones here.
03:54 You can help set their lives on a new course
03:57 and also give them hope
03:58 that can change their lives forever.
04:02 Our funds go directly to support the needs
04:04 of an Adventist mission school,
04:06 which heightens the quality of education
04:09 just not for the children who are sponsored,
04:11 but all the children in the school.
04:14 The reality is that poverty is very hard to change.
04:18 Child Impact International sponsorship program
04:22 takes the child based on need
04:24 and puts them in an Adventist mission school.
04:26 It gives them a direction, it gives them hope,
04:29 and also has an impact in the communities
04:33 and with their families and friends.
04:35 Together, you and I can have a huge change
04:39 on an entire community just like
04:42 the ones around the school.
04:45 For existing donors, the only change you'll see
04:48 is an advancement in the communication
04:51 between your child and projects.
04:54 You'll see a real difference by using new technologies
04:58 to keep you up-to-date
05:00 on how you support Child Impact.
05:17 The work of Child Impact International
05:19 will continue to grow in the countries
05:22 we already operate in like India, Myanmar,
05:25 Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
05:28 And as opportunities arise,
05:30 we will expand into other countries.
05:33 The poverty which you see
05:35 in communities like this is real.
05:37 These families struggle to feed and educate their children.
05:41 You can have an impact right here,
05:44 right now by becoming a sponsor of a child
05:47 or partnering with Child Impact.
05:50 Child Impact is a fully supportive ministry
05:53 of the Adventist church
05:54 and supports children, and orphans,
05:57 and special needs children
05:59 in Adventist homes and mission schools.
06:02 Each child's life has changed
06:05 and the mission school gains unique funds.
06:09 You have an opportunity to be involved in the mission field
06:12 every day by becoming a sponsor or a supporter
06:16 of Child Impact International.
06:25 Welcome back to our program about Child Impact,
06:28 and one of these projects that you have going
06:31 is called Operation Child Rescue.
06:34 When I was there,
06:35 I saw a little bit of this program.
06:39 It is really, really awesome and exciting
06:41 as well as very important.
06:43 Jim, tell us about Operation Child Rescue?
06:46 Well, when you operate in India,
06:49 you start to understand what trafficking is.
06:53 To be honest, it's hard to comprehend the size of it.
06:57 But it's believed that about
06:59 20% of the trafficked children are in India.
07:03 Obviously, with young girls
07:05 in the sex traffic and brothels,
07:08 but also with young boys
07:10 in beggary operations and child labor.
07:14 And so, we just feel we had to be involved,
07:17 so we've partnered with a lady
07:20 who runs a rescue operation in Bangalore.
07:24 And she actually goes in and rescue girls,
07:29 raids these brothels and rescue girls.
07:33 And to be honest, it takes a lot of something to do this,
07:38 but she ties them with the police force
07:40 where she can.
07:42 And we are so excited
07:43 that we can help fund this rescue work,
07:47 its girls from brothels but it's also young boys and...
07:51 Young boys from slave labor operations
07:55 in factories and that sort of thing.
07:59 We've also funded a rescue center,
08:03 so we've fully sponsored
08:05 the three years a home in Bangalore
08:09 where these girls can go,
08:11 they're safe there, they're secure.
08:14 There's very tight security.
08:17 And we are funding that rescue home for the girls.
08:24 The second part that we're involved in is baby rescue.
08:28 Yes.
08:30 We have an Adventist gentleman
08:31 that runs a baby rescue operation in Bangalore also.
08:35 We have children that are abandoned on the streets,
08:39 are abandoned in police stations,
08:41 are abandoned at hospitals
08:44 are taken to the baby rescue center.
08:47 Very touching to visit there,
08:49 to see little babies that have been rejected
08:52 or just left somewhere.
08:54 And so, supporting that, we believe is very important.
08:58 Indeed.
09:00 The next part of the rescue program is slum rescue.
09:05 And we support the Vizag slum school.
09:11 A large amount of the children
09:14 come from very rough backgrounds.
09:16 Now, you've visited the Vizag slum school
09:20 when we were on the trip.
09:23 What were your impressions and takeouts from that visit?
09:27 Well, the visit to that slum
09:29 is something that I will never forget.
09:32 Right in the middle of this bustling city,
09:34 we walked into this place and the stench was everywhere,
09:39 the thin, frail bodies of the people who live there
09:42 who make $2 a day or less,
09:46 truly made an impression upon me.
09:49 But the thing that brought me a degree of comfort
09:52 was visiting that school that is operated
09:55 and supported by Child Impact.
09:58 Dozens of precious children are going there
10:01 to get an education
10:03 and to have the opportunity of a better future.
10:05 And an excellent example was that beautiful young lady
10:09 that you introduced me to.
10:11 She went through that school, thanks to Child Impact,
10:15 was also sponsored to go to secondary school.
10:19 And she is now studying to be a nurse, and when I asked her,
10:22 "Why do you want to be a nurse?
10:23 And where you want to go when you finish studying?"
10:26 She said, "I want to come back right here to my slum
10:29 because both of my parents have AIDS.
10:31 I want to take care of them,
10:33 and I want to take care of the people here."
10:36 Can you imagine what would happen
10:38 just in that slum without the support of Child Impact.
10:44 And that's right, and that's why our rescue program
10:47 in the slums by giving a child an education,
10:51 we're actually rescuing them
10:53 from the potential of being trafficked or sold.
10:56 That's right.
10:57 Now the fourth aspect of Operation Child Rescue
11:00 is the rescue of orphans.
11:02 Now, yes, quite often orphans are brought by family members,
11:06 but also we rescue children.
11:09 We rescue them from railway stations,
11:11 we rescue them from the streets,
11:13 and we take them to an orphanage.
11:16 Now about six or seven years ago,
11:18 we built Sunrise Home which is located in the country
11:22 in Bobbili near the blind school.
11:24 Yes. Fantastic place.
11:27 Now once again, you've visited Sunrise,
11:29 what did you think of Sunrise?
11:31 Well, I was really impressed
11:33 because they have built that place beautifully.
11:38 It is secure, it is large,
11:41 in fact, a dorm was just dedicated when we were there.
11:45 We had hundreds of people coming for worship that day,
11:48 do you remember?
11:49 Yes.
11:50 And what I can't forget
11:52 is the smiles of those children.
11:54 Those children who have been left to die in many cases.
12:00 Their families can't afford them
12:03 or there's something wrong with their health
12:07 or something else,
12:09 and they're just dumped.
12:11 And every week, children are brought
12:13 to the gates of Sunrise Home,
12:16 and there they find a place.
12:19 They find love, they find parents,
12:22 basically their spiritual parents,
12:25 the sponsors here and the teachers there.
12:28 But one of the things that really, really hit me
12:33 the hardest was to learn that the area
12:36 is surrounded by venomous snakes.
12:40 Yes.
12:41 And people get bit,
12:43 and they die all the time around there.
12:45 And yet, the director of that school told me
12:48 that not one time has there ever been a snake
12:51 found inside the orphanage.
12:53 And that tells me that angels are standing
12:57 guarding that orphanage
12:59 so that the children are not harmed by these snakes.
13:02 That speaks to the power of God and His blessing over Sunrise.
13:07 Right.
13:08 So you've heard about
13:10 the four aspects to Operation Child Rescue,
13:13 and the unique thing about Operation Child Rescue
13:16 is not that we're giving the kids
13:18 an education which we are,
13:20 it's not that we're giving the kids a home
13:23 to live which we are,
13:25 but we are rescuing them, many of them from death.
13:28 We are actually giving them life and giving them hope.
13:33 And I just hope that you would give consideration
13:36 to supporting this important project with Child Impact,
13:40 and its Operation Child Rescue.
13:46 Hi, I'm Jean Boonstra,
13:48 associate speaker at the Voice of Prophecy.
13:51 Now I'm sure that you're aware of the global problem
13:54 of human trafficking.
13:56 And in places in the world like India and Nepal for example,
13:59 this problem of human trafficking,
14:01 well, it's very real.
14:03 Not long ago, I was in India, and I learned a little bit more
14:06 about what happens in that area.
14:09 Young girls are tricked,
14:11 usually girls who are disadvantaged,
14:13 maybe from a poor village or community,
14:16 and they're tricked into becoming part
14:18 of the sex industry and into prostitution.
14:22 It's extremely sad,
14:24 and, you know, these young girls,
14:25 they're caught in a web in a lifestyle
14:28 that they don't want to be a part of.
14:30 But once they're in it,
14:32 it's very difficult to find a way out.
14:35 When we think about the problem of human trafficking,
14:38 we often think about these girls,
14:40 but it often affects young boys as well.
14:43 Young boys in India, for example, they're caught,
14:46 and they're used for child labor.
14:48 They're put into begging rings,
14:50 and they're often taken advantage of as well.
14:53 And it's not just these young girls and boys either,
14:56 this affects infants as well.
14:59 Young babies are left on the side of the road
15:01 abandoned with no one to care for them.
15:04 Child Impact International's Operation Child Rescue
15:08 addresses each of these three issues.
15:11 They have an answer, a solution,
15:14 and an opportunity to offer hope,
15:16 and a way out for these people caught in human trafficking.
15:20 At Voice of Prophecy, we are privileged to partner
15:23 with Child Impact's Operation Child Rescue
15:26 to help these young girls
15:28 that are caught in prostitution,
15:30 the young boys doing labor at a very young age,
15:34 and these young babies that simply need a home
15:37 and someone to love them.
15:39 It's our privilege to partner
15:40 with Child Impact's Operation Child Rescue
15:43 and be part of the solution to give that hope.
15:48 Now is this something that appeals to you,
15:51 and would you like to learn more about
15:52 and be a part of this.
15:54 Well, I encourage you to get in touch
15:56 with Child Impact International today.
15:59 They would love to hear from you.
16:02 Our television series Hope in Motion
16:04 has been a big success,
16:06 and we want to continue to share with you
16:09 some of the field stories
16:10 that we have filmed over the years.
16:13 So just from time to time it may refer to Asian Aid
16:17 as we reflect on these great stories
16:20 as we share them with you.
16:39 With a population of nearly 1.3 billion
16:42 and a vast majority of those people
16:44 living off of less than $2 a day,
16:46 many families in India struggle to survive.
16:54 The joy of having a baby can be tainted by the question
16:57 of how they would provide the basics of food and shelter
17:00 needed for their survival.
17:05 So if a parent loses their job or passes away,
17:09 children are abandoned as the surviving parent
17:11 or family members cannot cope emotionally
17:13 and financially with the burden.
17:20 It is estimated there are 31 million orphans
17:22 or abandoned children struggling to survive in India.
17:43 Sai Eshwari is a seven-year-old girl
17:45 studying in the first grade
17:47 at the Seventh-day Adventist school
17:49 in the outskirts of Hyderabad in South India.
17:52 Her home is just a few feet away from her classroom.
17:55 This is Elim Home, an orphanage established by the church
17:58 and supported by Child Impact International.
18:01 Although, not an orphan,
18:03 circumstances forced her to be brought to Elim Home.
18:09 Malathi, the director and house mother of Elim Home,
18:12 took Sai Eshwari in after a chance meeting with her aunt
18:15 after church on the Sabbath day.
18:18 One day, when I went to church,
18:21 one of our church members by the name Ruthamma,
18:24 she asked me that she want to talk with me,
18:27 and she said that she needs some help.
18:29 I told her she can come any time she wishes to meet me.
18:35 Then the next day, Sunday,
18:37 she came along with Madhu and her daughter.
18:42 Madhu was married when she was just 16.
18:45 Although such practices are unlawful,
18:47 customs and social traditions dictate life in rural India,
18:50 especially Mangapur.
18:53 After two months of her marriage,
18:54 her husband and his parents sent her home to get dowry.
18:58 Madhu's parents were unable to pay their demands,
19:00 and when her husband's family found out she was pregnant,
19:03 they refused to take her back.
19:05 The following year, Madhu gave birth to her daughter,
19:08 Sai Eshwari.
19:11 Soon her situation at home began to get worse.
19:13 Her mother and her brother forced her to worship idols
19:16 and began to resent her presence at home.
19:19 She was becoming a financial burden to them
19:21 and decided to take matters in their own hands.
19:26 Without any reason, my brother and my mother
19:28 asked me to leave the house.
19:30 They told me we had fed you enough
19:32 and told me I was a burden on them.
19:35 When I refused to leave the house,
19:37 my brother hit me on my arm,
19:39 and my mother punched me on my face.
19:43 Fearing her daughter's safety and that of her own,
19:46 Madhu came to Hyderabad to seek refuge at her aunt's place.
19:50 After I heard Madhu's story and her pathetic condition,
19:54 I decided to take Sai Eshwari inside
19:57 because though it is an home for taking desperate children
20:01 and mostly the orphan children,
20:03 but still I took a decision that I should take Sai Eshwari
20:07 because being a female,
20:09 I felt that I should help another female,
20:13 small girl who is in need,
20:15 and I also heard that she is getting
20:17 only one meal a day,
20:19 and I thought that she should be in this home.
20:24 And it's not just people who are orphans
20:26 whose parents are dead,
20:28 you might have people who might have
20:30 one parent or two parents,
20:31 but then, they just do not earn enough money
20:36 to support a family,
20:37 so they really abandon kids anyhow.
20:41 So it's extreme poverty also puts kids into the bracket
20:46 that need help and need help desperately
20:48 and need help now, not in 10 years time
20:51 because they won't survive 10 years,
20:53 so that's what orphanages do,
20:55 they get the children who really need help
20:58 and don't have anyone to help them.
21:03 I guess most often we think that orphanage means
21:05 they have no parents,
21:07 but in the case of some, there may be a single parent,
21:11 but the driving force can be poverty.
21:14 The reality is that the single parent,
21:17 perhaps like Madhu, simply can't cope
21:20 because of their circumstances that trapped in poverty.
21:23 And so the orphanage gives them hope for their child,
21:28 give something that they could never deliver for their child
21:32 and that makes a huge difference.
21:36 Madhu with the help of her aunt, Ruthamma,
21:38 found a job at a local hospital,
21:40 cleaning the hospital floor and doing other menial jobs.
21:43 She told us she earns 80 to 100 rupees a day,
21:47 less than $2, hardly enough
21:49 to provide her three meals a day.
21:51 Her hardship was revealed to us
21:53 when we went to see where she lived.
21:55 One can only imagine a situation
21:57 where Madhu had to take care of her daughter, Sai Eshwari,
22:00 in a place where there's hardly a proper roof over the head,
22:03 a vulnerable place for a vulnerable young woman.
22:06 In spite of all her hardship and vulnerability,
22:09 Madhu considers herself fortunate
22:11 because her daughter now has a safe place to grow up.
22:15 If I would not have taken the decision,
22:17 the mother would have recovered from her health,
22:21 then afterwards, she would have taken this girl
22:23 also as a child labor here and there
22:26 to some houses as a labor
22:28 because we have taken her and Sai Eshwari
22:31 is very fortunate and she's a very bright girl,
22:33 and she always stands first in the class,
22:36 and she has improved a lot.
22:40 I'm thankful to God
22:41 for the help my daughter is receiving right now.
22:44 All this is because I refused to worship idols
22:47 and I worship the true God.
22:49 God has been very gracious to me and my daughter.
22:52 I'm thankful to the sponsors who are supporting her.
22:56 Because of the timely intervention of Malathi,
22:59 Sai Eshwari can now grow up
23:01 in a safe and loving home at Elim
23:03 and Child Impact Sponsorship is giving children
23:06 like Sai Eshwari and the 137 other children
23:09 at Elim Home the financial support
23:11 to grow up in this environment.
23:13 This support is not just
23:15 getting children out of desperate situations,
23:17 but it's also having a wider impact in the community.
23:29 Padma works as a cook at Elim Home.
23:31 Her children, Priyanjali and Akash,
23:34 live here and go to school next door
23:36 just like Sai Eshwari.
23:38 Her eldest son is also sponsored by Child Impact
23:41 and goes to an Adventist Boarding School in Nuzvid,
23:44 a few hours from Hyderabad.
23:46 Not long ago, Padma lived a content life
23:49 in her native town with her family
23:50 until a tragic incident brought her crushing down.
23:55 My husband found a job in the Gulf as a daily laborer,
23:58 and after two years, he was coming back home.
24:01 We were all waiting for him.
24:03 On the way back from the airport,
24:04 he met with an accident.
24:15 Padma's husband died on the spot,
24:17 and his death not only brought the tag of being called a widow
24:20 but it also brought her financial difficulties.
24:23 All her relatives and neighbors who cared for her,
24:26 after her husband's death, slowly began to desert her.
24:29 She doesn't blame them.
24:31 "How can they help me and my three children forever?"
24:33 she asks.
24:35 Although her three children receive
24:36 Child Impact Sponsorship for their tuition,
24:39 she was finding it hard to take care of their basic needs
24:42 such as a decent meal a day.
24:45 There were three kids,
24:48 and she has no one to raise the kids,
24:50 she is all alone, she was broken,
24:51 because her husband died in a car accident.
24:55 And immediately, we thought maybe Asian
24:57 should definitely pick...
25:00 Should come forward to help such,
25:01 you know, family was in desperately
25:02 need of educating the children.
25:05 Then that's how I got to meet her
25:06 and got to know more about her,
25:08 you know, her family story, how her husband died,
25:10 and what she's looking for the kids.
25:14 After he heard Padma's story,
25:16 Ravi, field officer for Child Impact
25:19 brought her to Elim Home
25:20 and her three children were taken into the orphanage
25:23 and given shelter.
25:24 Fortunately, for Padma,
25:26 she found a job as a cook in the kitchen.
25:29 In Indian setup, if the husband dies,
25:31 a female has to face a lot of problems,
25:34 especially educating her children
25:36 and providing them meals
25:38 and provide all their needs is very hard.
25:42 If we would not have given her job,
25:45 she would have gone out for fields
25:48 or work somewhere
25:49 or sometime she would have sent her eldest son for work also.
25:53 And she might not have any peace of mind,
25:56 and she might also face
25:58 so many problems in the society.
26:01 Yes, we are a child-focused organization,
26:04 but because we're in the field,
26:06 because we're talking to people,
26:09 we do help the wider community.
26:12 For instance, we gave the widow hope by working in the kitchen.
26:16 We also have given
26:18 some of our previous orphanage children responsibilities,
26:22 and they're now field workers.
26:24 So we're making a difference in the wider community.
26:31 When you travel across India,
26:32 it becomes more evident that there are so many people
26:35 including lay members of our church
26:37 struggling to send their children to school.
26:40 Many of our members not able to send their children
26:43 to the Christian schools,
26:45 and these member children are coming into our schools
26:47 because of Asian Aid,
26:49 they are being supported and they're trained.
26:51 Tomorrow, definitely, they are our hope
26:53 and workers for the church.
26:55 I'm really thankful to the philanthropic people
26:57 who are supporting these children
26:58 to be educated and get Christian education.
27:06 I'm very thankful for Elim Home and the sponsors.
27:10 I'm also grateful to Mr. Ravi who introduced me to Elim Home.
27:15 I'm an Adventist but before coming here,
27:18 I didn't know that church had organizations like this
27:21 that helps children in desperate situations.
27:25 I know about Asian Aid,
27:27 but I didn't know they supported orphanages.
27:30 God has opened the doors for me and my children.
27:33 There are so many other widows like me who are suffering.
27:37 I remember all of them in my prayers
27:39 because I feel I'm very fortunate.
27:43 Today, orphanages like Elim Home
27:45 are not only fulfilling its mission
27:46 to reach out to orphan children,
27:48 but as we found out today
27:50 and thanks to Child Impact International,
27:52 it is also reaching out to children
27:54 from impoverished and unfortunate backgrounds
27:57 by providing them a safe place to live and learn.
28:00 In turn, these children
28:01 not only receive a good Christian education,
28:04 but they grow up to be strong pillars for the church.


Revised 2018-04-26