Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000154A
00:13 Children are our future.
00:15 They are full of dreams and desires.
00:18 But in a world of unspeakable despair,
00:21 these ignited minds live in poverty and probation,
00:24 helpless and hopeless.
00:29 Child Impact International is an organization giving hope.
00:32 It is an organization fostering permanent positive change
00:36 in the lives of disadvantaged children
00:38 and those who are in need,
00:40 serving communities in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
00:45 Myanmar, and beyond.
00:47 For the last 15 years,
00:50 Child Impact has invested in the futures of children
00:53 and their investment has proven infinite returns
00:56 driven by their dedication
00:57 to helping those who have the least.
01:00 Child Impact is an organization
01:02 focused on the welfare of children
01:04 implementing diverse development projects,
01:07 and sponsoring thousands of children.
01:10 Their outreach spans from child rescue operations
01:13 to providing an education for orphans,
01:15 deaf, and the blind children.
01:18 Giving them a sense of place, a home,
01:21 but above all Child Impact is an organization giving hope,
01:26 giving hope to children,
01:27 giving hope to communities,
01:29 giving hope to the ones who need it the most.
01:38 This is Hope In Motion.
01:52 Anita, this year
01:54 Operation Child Rescue is going to be involved on a new project
01:59 and that's a project based around beggary,
02:03 children begging
02:05 and this effectively is trafficking
02:08 because these children are trapped
02:10 in the life of a beggar.
02:13 Just tell us about it.
02:15 If you go to a third world country,
02:16 you see it.
02:18 But just tell us about beggary and how the people involved,
02:22 what they do and how they become trapped?
02:26 Well, children begging on the streets
02:28 is a very common sight.
02:30 And most people tend to kind of ignore it
02:33 or they give something and then kind of feel,
02:36 you know, good about it that they've done their bit.
02:39 But what we realized
02:40 as we looked at children begging
02:42 and this whole aspect of children
02:45 being trafficked for beggary,
02:48 we realized how tricky the situation is
02:51 because we find these children,
02:53 more often than not, they are younger than 10 years,
02:56 some of them babies,
02:58 and they usually are with some adult.
03:00 So you assume that they are a relative or a parent
03:03 or a family member.
03:05 What we realized is that many of those children
03:07 don't belong with those adults
03:09 and that a baby can be hired for as less than a dollar a day
03:13 and the baby is drugged.
03:17 Very often, these kids are mutilated or,
03:20 you know, just harmed, physically harmed
03:22 so they look more appealing
03:26 for the pity and for the compassion
03:29 that people would have and give.
03:31 There is a lot of money as well, Jim.
03:33 They make about $10 a day, each of those children.
03:38 So if a person, or if begging mafia had say,
03:43 10 children or 20 children, they make a good lot of money
03:46 and the children don't get to keep
03:48 any of the money that they make in a day.
03:50 So this whole issue of children
03:53 being trafficked for begging is big.
03:56 It's across India
03:58 and we are looking to find a solution to this,
04:00 to remove these children from these very abusive situations.
04:05 So what you are saying is, and it's happened to me
04:07 many, many times,
04:09 when your car stops at the traffic light,
04:11 and a woman appears
04:13 and she's got a baby in her arms,
04:15 that actually may not be her baby.
04:18 Or when a guy, a child comes up to your car,
04:21 the person standing behind him is not actually his parent.
04:26 It's someone that's using them.
04:28 Yes, exactly.
04:30 It may not be always the case but we have come across cases
04:34 where the children begging with adult
04:38 or with the person who's supposedly a caregiver
04:41 really has no relationship whatsoever with them.
04:46 We had a time when we did a rescue operation
04:48 and this lady had an infant.
04:51 So after the rescue,
04:52 the police then said, feed your baby.
04:55 The baby was crying and the lady refused,
04:58 and the police finally, you know,
05:00 they tried to cajole her, tell her all of that,
05:03 but she just refused and six hours later,
05:05 the baby was still crying,
05:07 and she was refusing to breastfeed the child.
05:10 And at that point, I said,
05:12 "I think we need to take the child away
05:14 and let's try and bottle-feed the baby."
05:16 Otherwise, you know,
05:17 the baby had just cried and cried.
05:20 And the moment we tried to take the baby away,
05:22 the lady got her hands
05:23 around the neck of that child and she said,
05:26 "I will just squeeze this baby's neck till it dies."
05:29 Now which mother, Jim,
05:31 which mother would do that to her own baby?
05:34 Yeah, yeah.
05:36 So just tell us about the plan,
05:39 just tell us how do you plan for this,
05:42 what do you actually do
05:44 and what will you do as follow up?
05:47 Well, because this is such a widespread issue
05:50 and we really don't have any model
05:54 that has previously worked with children
05:57 being forced for begging.
05:59 We are using this study,
06:04 this intervention of children forced to beg as a model,
06:09 as a replicable model that can be used
06:11 in other parts in India.
06:13 So we are covering the entire State of Karnataka,
06:17 where the children who are being
06:19 forced to beg will be photographed,
06:22 will be documented,
06:24 and based on that documentation
06:27 and evidence of them being forced to beg,
06:30 we will come up with an intervention plan
06:33 that will be specific to each child.
06:35 For example, there could be,
06:37 you know, a group of children who are begging on their own,
06:40 and who are being forced by begging mafia,
06:42 or there could be a family
06:44 that's put their children out to beg
06:45 because they have a situation at home
06:47 where the parent is unable to earn.
06:49 Or we have children who have run away from home
06:52 and are really street kids from another part of India
06:56 and are begging on the streets.
06:57 So whatever the situation, we have an intervention
07:01 that will take them off that abusive situation
07:04 on the street and put them into a rehabilitation program,
07:07 whether it's education,
07:09 or whether it's vocational training,
07:11 or some skill development,
07:13 or even BRIT school for children
07:15 who have been out of school.
07:17 And the way we have structured
07:19 this project is really over a period of a year
07:23 to complete this
07:25 and to be able to then publish that report,
07:27 because even though begging is such a...
07:31 In the face issue,
07:33 there's hardly any literature available on it.
07:36 There are no studies, there is no data available
07:38 about how many children have been trafficked for this,
07:41 so we really are looking to be a trendsetter in this issue
07:48 so that there is a model
07:50 that can be replicated across India
07:53 with the massive tourism
07:54 and the number of children begging on the streets.
07:57 So depending on the child's age and their need would be,
08:02 would determine how you would help them after the raid,
08:06 after you go,
08:07 and so you actually go and grab the children off of streets
08:11 and then take them, is that what happens?
08:14 Yes, that's pretty much what happens
08:17 but at this point we would have built
08:19 a bit of a relationship
08:22 and because we are doing it over a period of time,
08:24 so we should know the children
08:27 and where their points are of begging
08:29 and where their points are,
08:31 where they go back to rest at night.
08:33 So we would pick these children up
08:35 from either of those points, where they are begging
08:37 or where they are sleeping at night
08:40 and they would be in a form of rehabilitation
08:43 till we are able to ascertain that the caregiver,
08:47 or the parent, or the family,
08:49 or the person with them is not a perpetrator.
08:53 And if they are a perpetrator, Jim,
08:55 then there will be very strict action taken against them
08:57 because begging is an offense in India
09:00 and most people don't know it.
09:03 And so we would really like to enforce that.
09:05 We are also building a public campaign,
09:08 a media campaign that will prevent people
09:12 from encouraging begging by giving hope to them.
09:16 So where is the government,
09:17 where is the police in a program like this?
09:22 Well, there has to be
09:23 a meshing of quite a few government bodies,
09:27 the police being one of them.
09:29 They would help definitely with the rescue operation,
09:32 but it would be the department of women and child,
09:35 who would then look into rehabilitation, prevention.
09:39 Social welfare is another government department
09:42 that would come in because they have schemes
09:44 for children like these who are out of school
09:47 or who have never been to school.
09:49 So BRIT schools, the department of education
09:51 would need to come in.
09:52 We've already had some preliminary meetings
09:55 with these departments to kind of discuss this issue
09:58 and see what support we can get
10:00 and work together on this.
10:03 Well, Child Impact International
10:06 through its project, Operation Child Rescue,
10:09 I guess we are just so excited that we can be a part
10:14 of taking children and beggary off the streets in India.
10:18 It may not be on a grand scale, but it's on an important scale,
10:23 and I just hope that you can see
10:25 the dedication of Anita and her team
10:28 that you can see that it's been done professionally
10:31 and that we will be actually making a real difference
10:35 and a real rescue in the lives of these children.
10:39 Hi, I am Jaime Jorge and I want to tell you,
10:42 I am honored to be
10:44 a Child Impact International ambassador.
10:47 I've had the opportunity to travel to India and Myanmar,
10:50 and I've met hundreds of young people
10:53 that are being sponsored by wonderful folks here
10:57 and in other parts of the world,
10:58 that are making it possible for these young people
11:01 to have an education, a future,
11:04 salvation, and hope in Jesus Christ.
11:07 So I'd like to invite you to consider becoming
11:11 a sponsor for Child Impact
11:13 and changing the life of one of these young people.
11:26 I am Jim Rennie, CEO of Child Impact International.
11:30 I've just returned from the country of Bangladesh.
11:33 Bangladesh is located northeast of India.
11:36 Bangladesh has a population of 163 million
11:40 and is actually one of the most
11:42 densely populated countries in the world.
11:46 For instance,
11:47 Los Angeles has 2,700 people per square kilometer,
11:53 but the capital of Dhaka
11:55 has 23,900 people per square kilometer.
12:01 The Adventist Church only has about 30,000 members,
12:05 but the church school system
12:07 has about 10,000 children in small village schools
12:11 and also larger boarding schools.
12:14 The main religion is Islam,
12:16 and the education is the key outreach for the church.
12:20 Bangladesh is a low-lying land on a huge area of river delta.
12:25 Late last year, Bangladesh suffered the worst flooding
12:28 in its history with over 8 million people
12:31 displaced or affected.
12:33 Thousands died in the floods.
12:36 Unfortunately, farming was devastated by the flooding
12:39 which caused food prices to skyrocket in price
12:43 and created food shortages.
12:45 In most of the country, prices still remain high.
12:49 This has put a huge financial strain
12:52 on our mission school finances.
12:54 Children are not getting sufficient nutrition
12:57 and the mission schools are really struggling financially.
13:01 As I visited the schools, they asked for help.
13:04 I also visited the villages
13:06 where the children live in the poorer areas
13:09 and they are really struggling also.
13:11 As I saw the reality of what was happening,
13:14 I realized we just had to help.
13:16 We don't normally do food appeals,
13:19 but we have no option but to help these children
13:22 and also the mission schools.
13:24 We are asking you to help us purchase 5,000 bags of rice
13:29 for $35 a bag.
13:31 A bag is about 110 pound and feeds about 105 meals.
13:37 Each bag you can donate
13:38 will ensure that children are fed,
13:40 but will also save the schools' valuable funds.
13:44 You can donate 1 bag, 10 bags, 100 bags
13:48 or whatever you can share.
13:50 Each bag will impact on
13:52 hundreds of children's nutrition
13:55 and will give urgent financial relief
13:57 to those struggling mission schools,
13:59 some who are close to closing.
14:02 It's urgent, please help.
14:04 Just one bag for $35
14:07 or may be 5 or 10 bags, 50 bags,
14:10 whatever you can help with.
14:12 Please help these kids.
14:35 Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries
14:37 in the world,
14:38 and it's one of the most densely populated countries
14:41 with nearly 150 million people.
14:43 One-third of the people live below the poverty line
14:47 earning less than $2 a day.
14:52 Although major efforts are being made
14:54 to alleviate poverty,
14:55 in rural villages, life is a struggle.
14:57 In an agrarian society, natural calamities
15:01 like droughts and floods can have disastrous
15:03 consequences on their daily lives.
15:05 In a world where finding food
15:07 and other basic necessities is a primary objective,
15:10 the need to educate their children is almost irrelevant.
15:14 Well, Child Impact wants to expand its work
15:17 in the country of Bangladesh.
15:19 Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries
15:21 in the world.
15:23 The number of people in Bangladesh
15:25 to its per square mile
15:27 is one of the most dense in the world,
15:30 the poverty there is huge,
15:32 and so Child Impact is very excited
15:35 that we will be expanding our work
15:38 in the schools in Bangladesh.
15:42 Education plays a vital role
15:44 in bringing children out of poverty.
15:46 But access to good education
15:48 is hard for children and families
15:49 in rural communities in Bangladesh.
15:52 We know that education is important
15:54 throughout the world.
15:55 For people who don't have those opportunities,
15:58 who are disadvantaged,
16:00 someone needs to give them a hand
16:02 because they fall through the cracks
16:05 and we want to plug those holes out.
16:08 So for children here, if they don't have access to education,
16:12 then the only prospect for the future
16:16 is to be in employment
16:20 that's not really that rewarding
16:22 and the future doesn't look bright for them.
16:25 Competition for work within education
16:28 is really so strong that without one,
16:31 they can't access the opportunities in life.
16:36 In the Seventh-day Adventist school system in Bangladesh,
16:39 there are nearly 10,000 students
16:41 and only 20% of these children are paying students.
16:45 The remaining majority are either sponsored
16:47 or seeking sponsorship.
16:49 This is where an organization like Child Impact
16:51 has a huge impact in Bangladesh.
16:54 The country of Bangladesh has an enormous population
16:58 squeezed into a very small area and territory.
17:02 And Child Impact is making an impact there
17:05 in helping with schools in Bangladesh.
17:10 I want to encourage everyone to seriously consider
17:13 how you can impact a child's life in Bangladesh.
17:25 Monosapara Adventist Seminary
17:27 is one of the major boarding schools in Bangladesh.
17:30 Established nearly 10 years ago,
17:32 this institution is a blessing for children
17:35 coming from poor communities in the area.
17:37 About 8 to 10 years ago, some large donors
17:40 really invested in the church education
17:43 in Bangladesh.
17:45 They established some very special
17:48 large boarding schools.
17:49 Now they established them in very rural and poor areas,
17:54 and so now there is a huge need
17:57 for these schools to have support
17:59 to sponsor children and support them financially
18:02 so that they continue.
18:04 To be honest, they are under a lot of financial pressure
18:07 because the communities affectively
18:10 are poorer than they were 8 to 10 years ago.
18:14 And so we are very excited that we can expand our sponsorship
18:18 in these facilities that were built 8 to 10 years ago.
18:23 There's a great foundation for making a difference
18:27 for the church in Bangladesh
18:29 but also in the lives of these children.
18:33 Monosapara Adventist Seminary and School
18:36 is impacting so much for this community
18:38 because this community people
18:40 are seeking good education,
18:46 and this school is really providing
18:49 this education for them
18:51 and specially they are dependent,
18:55 and these people going to the cities for their job
19:02 and in the city who will take care of their children.
19:08 So it's a very secure place here in Monosapara School
19:14 to continue their education.
19:37 Jhorna Chiran is a sixth grade student
19:40 and came to Monosapara last year.
19:42 She has been sponsored by Child Impact
19:44 ever since she started attending primary school
19:46 at her village in Mondartoli.
19:49 Born into a poor Adventist household,
19:51 where access to one proper meal a day is a challenge,
19:54 Jhorna's mother had to deal with the extra burden
19:56 of caring for her children all on her own.
20:11 She is telling that once a day, she went for work
20:15 and after return back, he fell to sickness,
20:21 and she is telling that
20:23 the fever is like a jaundice, do you know?
20:27 Yeah. Jaundice, for this case...
20:30 Yeah, yeah, because of that.
20:32 Why they couldn't take him to the hospital?
20:41 She is telling that she tried to give...
20:45 Show to doctor and give the treatment
20:47 but he couldn't survive.
20:52 Jhorna's father passed away in 2013.
20:55 In a rural community such as Mondartoli,
20:57 when a woman loses her husband,
20:59 she not only has to deal with the loss of her husband
21:02 but bear all the responsibility of taking care of her children
21:05 and her parents all by herself.
21:08 This can have devastating
21:09 physical and psychological effects on her.
21:12 Just for somebody like Jhorna Chiran,
21:17 her father passed away and mother is at home,
21:21 mother just illiterate and what she will do,
21:27 some house chores and all,
21:30 and sometimes she is also doing day laborers work
21:35 and what hope she will have?
21:40 So she would...
21:42 Mother would like to have find husband for her
21:46 and give marriage early so that the burden of mother
21:50 will be over and she will be on her own.
21:53 So this is the life if she would not study here,
21:58 that would happen.
22:04 One could only imagine the hardship Jhorna would face
22:07 if she didn't get a chance to go to Monosapara
22:10 or get sponsorship to continue her education.
22:13 In all probability,
22:15 she would remain in her village,
22:16 become a day laborer like her mother,
22:19 or she would get married before she could turn 18,
22:21 start a family, and continue life in perpetual poverty.
22:33 She is telling that if Jhorna didn't get sponsorship,
22:37 she cannot send her to the school
22:39 and she is telling
22:40 if she didn't send her to school,
22:45 she may work like her, and she is telling that
22:50 Jhorna's father already passed away,
22:53 so it's very...
22:55 These children don't have people
22:58 who can support them,
22:59 promote them, look out for them,
23:01 and so they really don't know how to access this education
23:05 and also remember the education costs.
23:07 We might say it might be free, but it's really not free.
23:11 Even if you go to a government school,
23:13 you still have school clothes, books, there is a cost.
23:18 And some of these people are so poor,
23:20 they can't really provide this.
23:22 So these children are below zero,
23:25 they are not even up to par with other children,
23:27 the opportunities are less.
23:29 So by sponsoring children,
23:31 we give them that opportunity to break out of that cycle,
23:34 that vicious cycle of poverty and access something
23:38 that will create a better future for them.
23:43 Eleven years old Durjoy Chiran
23:44 is from the same village as Jhorna
23:47 and goes to school at Monosapara.
23:49 He was eager to take us and meet with his grandparents
23:51 who received us warmly.
23:54 Meeting Durjoy's grandparents
23:56 was just such a touching moment
23:59 because they held my hand tight,
24:01 they were just so grateful
24:02 that their grandson could have an education,
24:05 and here is a typical situation.
24:08 His parents have had to go to Dhaka,
24:10 the capital city,
24:11 because there's no work here in the fields.
24:14 And to be honest,
24:15 they are probably doing fairly lowly jobs in Dhaka.
24:18 But he is too young to go,
24:20 and so he is being given a special opportunity
24:23 that he can go to our boarding school and learn.
24:28 The grandparents are so proud,
24:30 and I am sure the parents are too.
24:32 But once again, here we are,
24:34 lifting this young boy out of poverty,
24:37 giving him a chance both in feeding him
24:40 but educating him and making his family so proud.
24:46 Meeting Durjoy's grandparents was an emotional experience,
24:49 as it was evident they loved their grandson very much
24:52 and want to see him come up in life.
24:55 Child Impact sponsorship program
24:58 is making a difference in Bangladesh.
25:01 Thanks to the thousands of sponsors
25:02 who support this program,
25:04 young boys and girls like Durjoy and Jhorna
25:06 can grow up in a safe environment,
25:08 receive a proper education,
25:10 and look forward to a brighter future.
27:12 At Adventist mission schools like this one in Bangladesh,
27:15 Child Impact International sponsors hundreds of children.
27:19 We often think that sponsorship
27:22 only impacts on the life of the child,
27:24 but it's much wider than that.
27:26 It impacts on the parents and on the community.
27:29 But important, it impacts on the school.
27:33 It becomes valuable income for the school
27:36 and then in turn,
27:37 it impacts on hundreds of other children.
27:40 I just ask that you would consider
27:42 sponsoring a child with Child Impact,
27:45 or supporting one of its valuable projects
27:47 that will improve education in Adventist mission schools
27:51 like this one right here.