Hope In Motion

Building Lives

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: HIM

Program Code: HIM000217A

00:07 Child Impact International is an organization giving hope,
00:11 previously called Asian Aid.
00:13 Child Impact International is an organization
00:15 fostering permanent positive change
00:18 in the lives of disadvantaged children
00:20 and their communities.
00:21 Child Impact is committed to making a difference
00:24 in the lives of children
00:25 and those who are in need.
00:27 Serving communities in India, Nepal, Bangladesh,
00:30 Sri Lanka, Myanmar,
00:32 and will soon expand to other countries.
00:34 For the last 50 years,
00:36 Child Impact has invested in the futures of people
00:39 and their investment has proven infinite returns.
00:42 Driven by the dedication to helping those
00:44 who have the least,
00:45 Child Impact is an organization
00:47 focused on the welfare of children,
00:49 implementing diverse development projects
00:52 and sponsoring thousands of children.
00:54 Their outreach spans from child rescue operations
00:57 to providing an education for orphans, deaf,
01:00 and the blind children,
01:01 giving them a sense of place, a home.
01:04 But above all, Child Impact is an organization giving hope,
01:08 giving hope to children,
01:10 giving hope to communities,
01:12 giving hope to the ones who needed the most.
01:14 This is Hope in Motion.
01:19 Our television series
01:21 Hope in Motion has been a big success
01:24 and we want to continue to share with you
01:27 some of the field stories
01:28 that we have filmed over the years.
01:31 So just from time to time,
01:33 it may refer to Asian Aid
01:35 as we reflect on these great stories
01:38 as we share them with you.
01:48 The beautiful landscapes,
01:50 its people, the colors and customs,
01:52 that's India in a nutshell.
02:04 Child Impact International
02:06 has been working in this vast land
02:08 since its very beginning, which is over 50 years ago now.
02:11 Primarily focused on child sponsorship,
02:14 Child Impact also has been instrumental
02:16 in building many children's homes and schools
02:19 to complement its sponsorship program.
02:22 The Immanuel English School in Jeypore
02:24 in the state of Orissa is one such school
02:26 that has undergone a transformation.
02:29 We just feel surprised
02:32 how the things have changed.
02:35 Everything was just like the hill
02:39 that you see behind,
02:40 full of bushes and unwanted plants.
02:44 So nobody from town ever thought that
02:48 there can be something here,
02:50 but God has blessed this place
02:52 and we can see a great change.
02:57 Starting with around 50 children and few staff,
03:00 all under just one building,
03:01 the school has now developed into an expansive campus.
03:06 The larger facility made it possible
03:08 to bring in more children from the tribal communities
03:10 as well as nearby villages.
03:12 As the news of the new facility spread,
03:15 many more children from Adventist
03:17 and non-Adventist families
03:18 desire to be educated at the new school.
03:25 Many in rural India struggle to earn two dollars a day,
03:29 their only way of earning a living
03:31 is grazing their livestock or working in the fields.
03:34 Here poverty passes on from generation to generation
03:38 and education is not an option.
03:40 I mean some parts of India really seem to be growing
03:43 and really, you know,
03:44 India seems to be really coming up as they say.
03:47 But when you go to the villages and the slums,
03:50 they have not improved in all the years that,
03:52 you know, that I've been coming to India
03:54 which is now more than 30 years.
03:56 You know, when you go to the villages
03:58 and you see, enter some of the slums
04:00 and you see how bad,
04:01 you know, the conditions are that the people
04:03 and the children are living under
04:05 because there's often
04:06 it's not that they don't want to work
04:08 but there's just not enough work available.
04:11 Although a majority of them
04:13 cannot afford to send their children to school,
04:15 they do view education as a catalyst for change.
04:19 Sixty to seventy percent
04:21 we are dependent on the sponsorship
04:25 because majority of this children are poor
04:29 and they don't have any support.
04:34 Without the support of any sponsorship,
04:37 those children would not be here.
04:40 Today, about 2,600 children in India
04:43 are sponsored by Child Impact
04:45 and because of their commitment to the welfare of children,
04:48 especially children from tribal communities
04:50 and villages.
04:52 These children are reaping the benefits
04:53 of an Adventist education.
05:21 Devoki Moharia, a science teacher
05:24 at the Emmanuel English School was a former student here.
05:28 I finished my BSc degree in college
05:31 and I'm very much interested in science
05:34 because I was good at science.
05:37 In this school I teach mostly 8th, 9th, 10th.
05:40 I teach them chemistry and biology.
05:44 Devoki was one among the first batch of children
05:47 to be brought to the school from neighboring villages
05:49 when Helen Eager and some of the staff
05:52 from the school visited these villages.
05:54 I sent messages to the church pastors
05:58 if there are any children from poverty level
06:02 and wherever there are no schools.
06:05 So many names came from different churches.
06:10 Then first I went to some orphan children,
06:14 then I came to know that there are two girls,
06:17 very small girls nearby Kotpat town.
06:21 So I went there and I met
06:24 with her father of Devoki.
06:28 Then her father was not willing to send the girl here
06:33 because there was no boundary around
06:36 and there was only one building built by Asian Aid.
06:40 Then when I went,
06:41 she was the smallest among the two.
06:44 Then she started crying not to take photo.
06:48 I carried her, I gave her a chocolate.
06:52 Then I made her to stand,
06:54 then I took a photograph for Mummy Eager,
06:57 and that's how I found her.
07:00 I was very happy thinking that I'm going to go to a school,
07:03 a hostel, English medium.
07:05 No one knows in my school what it means,
07:07 they don't know how to talk in English and all.
07:09 So I was very happy that I will be the person
07:11 to learn English and all.
07:13 So when I came here, first two, three days,
07:15 I was nervous, means,
07:17 I used to remember parents, all this thing.
07:18 And only one single building was there and no boundary.
07:22 It was like jungle.
07:24 And jungle means I really get very, very scared of that.
07:27 And no boundary, no, nothing, only one building was there.
07:30 Boys, girls, staff, everyone in same building.
07:34 Doing all the activities, eating, sleeping, studying,
07:36 everything in the same building.
07:39 From right at the beginning
07:40 when the school was just one classroom,
07:42 then with the vision of Helen Eager,
07:44 and supporters like Garwin McNeilus,
07:47 this school sprouted into an institution
07:50 that now has, I think about 700 children.
07:53 And of those 600 are sponsored.
07:55 And now we see the success stories coming through.
07:58 Devoki, who was right at the school when it started,
08:02 she did her education at the school,
08:04 then she went away to university,
08:06 and now she's come back as a science teacher.
08:09 It's just so fantastic to see the difference
08:12 that has made with her,
08:14 but also with the children that are here.
08:17 If it weren't for the timely intervention
08:19 of Child Impact International
08:21 and people like Helen Eager,
08:23 Devoki Moharia's life would have seen misfortunes
08:26 of so many young girls like her in her village.
08:44 Life in rural India is simple.
08:46 People live in close quarters and as one unit.
08:54 During the day, they either go to the fields
08:56 or graze what little livestock they have.
08:59 And there is a clear order of social precedence
09:01 based on gender
09:03 and women have little or no say in its structure,
09:06 often leading to unjust practices
09:08 and misery.
09:09 In villages parents are uneducated
09:11 and they don't send their children
09:15 when they are small to the school.
09:17 So that is the reason I never went to school.
09:20 In villages that is a rule that when a girl is grown up,
09:24 she should be given in marriage to someone.
09:28 So in my case also it would have been like that
09:30 if I had not have been come to the school and study.
09:32 By this time I would have got married,
09:34 having children and all those things.
09:38 Child marriage is a common practice in South Asia
09:41 and it is more prevalent in India.
09:43 According to United Nations Children's Agency,
09:46 UNICEF, 18% of the girls are married by the age of 15.
09:52 Although Indian law has made child marriage illegal
09:55 and the practice is in decline in recent years,
09:58 customs and traditions dictate life in rural India.
10:01 It is like so in Devoki's village, Basuli.
10:05 At present I don't have any of my friends to my age.
10:08 Only I am the girl in my village.
10:10 All are younger to me.
10:12 All have got married.
10:14 By now she would have got married...
10:16 If she would not have studied here,
10:18 by now she would have got married.
10:20 So by now she would have been lost in that way.
10:23 But now she is in God's hand.
10:26 She is doing wonderful.
10:29 Although Devoki grew up in a boarding school at Jeypore
10:33 and went to college in bigger cities,
10:35 she has not forgotten her roots and is always happy
10:37 to visit her family and her village.
10:41 Yeah, I feel really happy
10:42 because I'm born and brought up in this village.
10:45 And even though I stay in town or something now
10:48 but I still have love for my village,
10:51 for my family members.
10:52 I feel very happy when I come back to my home and see them.
10:59 Devoki is the only girl
11:00 to have successfully received a college education
11:03 from her village,
11:04 and in a community where women have little or no say,
11:07 she is treated with utmost respect.
11:12 We feel very proud.
11:13 Whenever someone comes to visit us,
11:15 we always tell them about our daughter.
11:17 When she comes here, we are very happy and proud.
11:23 The realization that there are many more children out there
11:26 who yearn for a good education can be discouraging.
11:29 But it is reassuring to know that with sponsorship
11:32 we can go about making a difference
11:34 one day at a time.
11:35 When we are at home sometimes
11:38 we are not getting three meals to eat.
11:40 No good place to sleep.
11:42 So when schools are that like this school,
11:45 they're providing meals, education, everything.
11:48 Sponsors...
11:49 they are struggling hard to educate some other's lives.
11:52 That is something very great to understand.
11:55 Since sponsorship was there I studied.
11:59 So I'm so much grateful to my sponsor.
12:02 And to me it's really wonderful just to see the changes,
12:06 you know, when you see a child come looking dirty,
12:10 and unhappy,
12:11 and know that nobody cares about them,
12:14 and then after a very short time
12:16 to see the transformation,
12:17 and then after a few years to see them really doing well,
12:21 I think that's what makes it worthwhile.
12:26 Devoki although having better offers to teach outside
12:29 in bigger cities has come back to teach in the place
12:31 that gave her a new chance in life.
12:36 Actually, my education,
12:39 my foundation started from here.
12:41 So I thought first let me serve to my place,
12:45 the place where I belong to,
12:46 where I have got my foundation.
12:48 Whatever talent I have let me show to those people
12:51 so that those students also will learn about that.
12:55 I feel proud because
12:58 whatever I did for her,
13:00 I have got the fruit.
13:15 Today Child Impact International
13:17 continues to fulfill its commitment
13:19 to the welfare of children who are in need
13:21 and to provide them with an education
13:23 through sponsorship,
13:24 giving them hope and a chance for a better life.
13:29 So they're building lives.
13:32 Students and children they are in darkness.
13:35 They are receiving the light in their lives.
13:39 If they are at home the lights are been off
13:41 or gone away but once they come here
13:43 their light of their lives is being on.
13:47 I think that...
13:49 I feel since I was in this school,
13:51 I'm blessed to be in this position today.


Revised 2019-08-01