Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000501A
00:14 Child Impact International is an organization giving hope,
00:18 previously called Asian Aid.
00:20 Child Impact International
00:21 is an organization fostering permanent positive change
00:25 in the lives of disadvantaged children 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 spans 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, but above all,
01:12 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.
01:26 I've had the opportunity to visit India and Myanmar
01:30 with Child Impact International.
01:32 These trips have provided me with fantastic insight
01:36 as to how Child Impact works
01:39 and the work that they do with thousands of children.
01:42 The sponsorship program is absolutely
01:45 what makes this entire organization be effective
01:49 and they are extremely effective.
01:51 Jim, tell us a little bit more about this sponsorship program.
01:55 First of all, I'd like to know
01:56 how many children are being sponsored at the moment
01:59 and what are the countries that the children are in?
02:03 Well, Jamie, we are in six countries,
02:05 we have three and half thousand children
02:07 in Adventist mission schools.
02:10 Our biggest country is India,
02:12 then Bangladesh and Myanmar
02:15 and we also have children in Nepal and Sri Lanka.
02:19 Okay. Excellent.
02:21 How do you select the children for sponsorship?
02:25 Well, children are selected on need, all right.
02:28 And the definition of needy
02:30 varies from country to country,
02:33 but these are people well below the poverty line.
02:37 And also people
02:38 that the parents want their child
02:41 to go to an Adventist school, who are very poor.
02:44 So we take them based on need
02:46 and we put them in an Adventist mission school.
02:50 Now, when I was there with you,
02:52 I saw that there are different schools,
02:54 there are different categories of sponsorships.
02:57 Can you explain that for us? Yes.
03:00 Well, first of all we have a day student,
03:02 that's a child
03:04 who obviously lives near the school
03:06 and walks to the school or gets public transport.
03:10 Then we have boarding, which is our biggest category,
03:14 these are children who attend boarding school.
03:18 And so the sponsorship
03:19 not only covers their education,
03:21 it covers the accommodation and it covers their food.
03:26 Then, we actually allow donors to sponsor their children
03:30 to higher education,
03:32 which we call tertiary in those countries
03:35 and that may be a degree course
03:37 or it may be a course
03:39 to give them a trait or a future.
03:41 And then we have special needs children.
03:45 This is our school for the blind,
03:47 the deaf school or orphans.
03:49 And so this category is critical to these children.
03:53 Because these children have huge needs.
03:56 So this is special needs category as well.
03:59 And I visited an orphanage and a blind school with you
04:04 and these kids would otherwise,
04:05 probably never have
04:07 an opportunity to excel in life.
04:10 And I was moved by how these children
04:12 are being developed with their short comings
04:18 but with their talents and gifts
04:21 to be able to honor and glorify God
04:24 and share with others as well.
04:27 Tell me, is it costly to sponsor a child
04:29 in any of these categories?
04:32 Well, I guess compared with education where we are,
04:36 it's not costly.
04:38 The day student starts off at $25 a month,
04:44 ABODA is $38 a month.
04:47 A special needs child is $48 a month
04:50 and that covers their education.
04:53 If they are a boarder or the special needs,
04:57 it covers them at the blind school,
04:59 the deaf school or the orphanage.
05:02 It also includes a book allowance
05:05 and also a uniform allowance.
05:08 So it's quite comprehensive to cover their needs,
05:13 to attend that Adventist mission school.
05:17 Now tell me, my wife and I have given funds
05:21 to sponsor children before.
05:23 But let's say somebody is watching this right now
05:26 and wants to sponsor a child, how can they do that?
05:30 Well, the best way is to go on to our website,
05:33 which is ChildImpact.org, that's ChildImpact.org
05:38 and there you go to the sponsorship page
05:41 and you can choose your country,
05:44 you can choose your category
05:46 and you'll see a range of children
05:48 that are available.
05:49 Now if you can't get online, just give us a call,
05:52 call our office
05:54 and the ladies there will be very happy to talk to you about
05:58 what the current...
05:59 what current children are available
06:02 or what the needs are.
06:05 So let's say somebody watching right now
06:07 wants to sponsor a child.
06:09 Can you explain how the funds
06:11 that somebody gives to Child Impact,
06:13 actually gets to that child?
06:16 Yes, Jamie. Well, it's a good question.
06:18 First of all,
06:19 we are registered 501(c)(3) charity,
06:23 so the donation is tax deductible.
06:27 Secondly, and we want the donors to know,
06:29 we retain 15% for overhead.
06:32 We believe that's very fair. Yes.
06:34 Last year, it was only 11%,
06:36 but at the maximum it can be up to 15%.
06:40 Then the money goes direct to our partnering country
06:44 and then it goes direct to the school.
06:47 So we have to have our own on the ground organization
06:51 and the money goes to them
06:53 and then it goes direct to the school.
06:55 And then we have field officers
06:57 and each child is visited three times a year.
07:01 We check that the funds have arrived
07:03 and we check each individual child.
07:06 And then the donors get school reports,
07:09 they get an APR, Annual Performance Report.
07:13 And just like your own children's report,
07:16 sometimes they are exciting,
07:17 sometimes you might be disappointed.
07:20 But you can also write to your child
07:22 and your child will write to you.
07:24 So we believe, we've got a good system
07:27 that delivers accountability
07:29 but also involves you with the child
07:32 and correspondence and reports.
07:35 Well, as I mentioned before,
07:36 I have been to India and Myanmar with Child Impact
07:40 and I have seen firsthand the incredible results
07:44 that these sponsorships
07:45 have on the lives of these young people.
07:48 These projects work efficiently to give these young people
07:52 the best Christian education
07:54 that they can have and a future.
07:57 It's made me realize,
07:59 the huge hope that it's giving these children
08:02 and their families.
08:04 I also saw the impact
08:06 on the Adventist mission schools.
08:08 It makes them thrive and grow.
08:12 Would you please consider sponsoring a child today?
08:20 I just got a letter
08:21 from our sponsored daughter, Sheela.
08:23 And I've got to tell you,
08:25 there is nothing like getting one of these letters.
08:27 Our family has been able to sponsor her
08:29 through Child Impact International,
08:31 because of that,
08:32 she's got a great place to live,
08:34 she's got good food, she's got great clothing.
08:37 Best of all,
08:38 I now found out she's in college,
08:40 she's in nursing school.
08:42 There's nothing like getting a letter like this.
08:45 You need to start getting these letters too.
08:47 Listen, through Child Impact,
08:49 you can make a huge difference in the life of a child
08:52 and I promise you,
08:53 it's gonna make a huge difference
08:55 in your life too.
08:57 Our television series
08:59 "Hope in Motion" has been a big success
09:02 and we want to continue to share with you
09:05 some of the field stories
09:06 that we have filmed over the years.
09:09 So just from time to time it may refer to Asian Aid
09:13 as we reflect on these great stories
09:16 as we share them with you.
09:30 Situated in midst lush green paddy fields of Bobbili
09:34 in Andhra Pradesh, India,
09:35 is an institution that is home
09:37 to some of the most disadvantage children
09:39 in the society.
09:40 This is the Asian Aid School for the Blind.
09:44 In a world where blindness is considered a curse
09:47 and blind children are abandoned,
09:49 this campus is a refuge
09:51 for children seeking care and comfort.
09:55 The Asian Aid School for the Blind
09:57 was established here
09:58 mainly by the efforts of Asian Aid Co-founder,
10:00 Helen Eagar.
10:02 The Asian Aid School for the Blind
10:03 is very important to me
10:05 because, actually I did find
10:08 that we were supporting a few blind children
10:10 up in Jharkhand
10:13 and they were being supported
10:14 by someone in the US and I thought,
10:16 oh, this is so wonderful, I am so glad Asian Aid
10:18 is doing something for the blind.
10:20 And then I went home to Australia
10:22 and then I got a letter just few weeks later saying,
10:26 this person in US
10:28 is no longer supporting these children,
10:29 so we've sent them all home.
10:30 So that was basically
10:32 the start of the "Blind Program."
10:35 I said, well, bring them all back
10:37 and we supported them there in Jharkhand
10:39 and then we started the blind school
10:42 actually in Andhra Pradesh.
10:44 Started with just a few children
10:46 at its new location in Bobbili,
10:48 the number of children at the school
10:50 steadily increased each passing year.
10:53 There are various circumstances that have contributed
10:55 to these children losing their sight.
10:57 Some of them are victims of accidents,
10:59 some due to vitamin deficiency,
11:01 factored by lack of nutritious food,
11:03 but most of them were born blind.
11:05 The main reason children are born blind
11:07 in these parts of Andhra Pradesh
11:09 is due to a social-economic practice
11:11 that is prevalent in these cultures.
11:14 We have found that with the children
11:17 that we support in the blind school,
11:19 that nearly all of them,
11:20 the parents are blood relatives.
11:22 Now the reason they do,
11:24 this is basically poverty as well.
11:26 Because if there is,
11:28 you know, a small piece of land,
11:29 they don't want that piece of land to leave
11:32 the family kind of thing and so they will...
11:35 It's often uncles marrying their nieces.
11:40 And of course,
11:41 if your daughter marries a relative,
11:45 then you don't have to pay a dowry.
11:48 Well, rural traditions
11:49 and socio-economic difficulties dictate life in rural India,
11:52 their children pay the price.
11:55 Cultural issues are hard to understand.
11:57 It may even seem bizarre and cruel at times.
12:00 It's difficult to change peoples' perceptions
12:02 that are rooted deep
12:04 but for all its traditions and practices,
12:06 the fact remains
12:07 that all parents love their children
12:09 and want the best for them.
12:11 It's very difficult for you
12:13 as a caring parent to find a way
12:16 of giving your child a better life.
12:19 So not only are we making a difference for the child,
12:24 we're actually giving the parents some hope.
12:28 They all care for their child and they overcome
12:32 with guilt and community pressure
12:36 because their child was blind.
12:38 So it helps overcome all these issues,
12:42 in giving the child a chance but giving the parents hope
12:48 that they simply have no other way of getting.
12:53 Jagan is a 9th grade student at the school.
12:56 He comes from a small village
12:58 about an hour's drive from the school.
13:12 Jagan's parents are dhobis, a washer men community.
13:16 In a class divided world,
13:17 they are at the bottom of the social structure
13:19 and are pushed to the edge of the village.
13:26 When my first son was born, I was happy.
13:29 My second son was born and I was very happy
13:33 but when my third child was born,
13:36 my wife and I became very depressed.
13:40 As if living at the edge of the village
13:42 wasn't bad enough,
13:44 their hardship was compounded
13:45 when their third child Jagan was born blind.
13:50 I am a dhobi.
13:51 I go to the pond in the morning and come back in the evening.
13:55 He was let alone at home.
13:57 When he goes into the street, other children made fun of him.
14:01 This is how he spent his childhood here.
14:03 He's blind, god made him that way, what can we do?
14:07 In rural villages
14:08 where being handicapped is considered a curse,
14:11 blind children face an uncertain future.
14:14 This is where Asian Aid School for the Blind in Bobbili serves
14:17 as a refuge for children born blind.
14:20 These children have very special needs.
14:24 Their needs are even greater than people
14:28 who do not have sight in a western system,
14:30 in a first world country
14:32 because they are ostracized, their family is ostracized.
14:35 So creating this environment that focuses on them,
14:38 gives them an education
14:41 and gives them an opportunity to live a normal life.
14:44 It's so transformational,
14:45 not just now for the child but the parents,
14:48 because now they don't have the same stigma.
14:50 Their children can get on and live a productive life
14:53 and contribute to society a huge difference.
14:58 This environment that gives them an opportunity
15:01 to live a normal life is indeed transformational.
15:04 With the help of a local school teacher,
15:06 Jagan was brought to the school for the blind in Bobbili,
15:10 far away from the struggles
15:11 of his parents and his community.
15:15 I am so happy
15:16 he is studying there at the school.
15:18 When he gets a good education, he will get a good job.
15:21 I am really happy about that.
15:22 Now he can become
15:24 whatever he wishes to be in life.
15:26 The appreciation from these parents sometimes
15:31 it's just over powering because they are so proud
15:34 that their child can go to the school
15:37 and they're so proud
15:39 that when their child comes home,
15:40 they can see a dramatic difference.
15:43 Okay, read that first hand?
15:45 First hand, sir?
15:47 Child Impact International
15:49 sponsors the majority of children living
15:51 and studying at the school.
15:53 Without sponsorship,
15:54 these children would not have the opportunity
15:56 for a new chance in life.
15:58 I really thank
15:59 the Asian Aid sponsors, the donors.
16:03 If it may not...
16:05 If the sponsorship is not there,
16:08 my life will be not there.
16:22 Today is a special day
16:23 for the staff and students of Asian Aid School
16:25 for the Blind in Bobbili, India.
16:27 Standing on both sides of the entrance,
16:29 the students and staff welcome the arrival of a special guest,
16:33 Garwin Mcneilus.
16:35 Garwin is an Adventist businessman
16:36 from Minnesota,
16:38 who has sponsored hundreds of children in India.
16:40 He and his family have supported
16:42 and built a number of urgently needed buildings
16:44 for Adventist schools,
16:45 including the school for the blind in Bobbili.
16:49 The needs of the blind school were first brought to me
16:52 by Helen Eagar,
16:54 and Helen showed a video of where they were,
16:57 the conditions they were and how they had to take
17:00 their sleeping mattresses out,
17:05 lay them outside,
17:06 sometimes it's raining, put the desk in,
17:09 have their class and it made an impression
17:13 that just wouldn't go away on my heart.
17:17 Moved by the plight of the blind children
17:19 in an old crowded building in town,
17:22 Garwin drew out a plan to move them
17:23 to a bigger campus just outside Bobbili town.
17:26 He also designed the buildings.
17:28 This is beautifully designed for the blind children,
17:33 who cannot see.
17:34 And once they get inside, they take a single walk.
17:38 They can easily understand which side is the boy's hostel,
17:41 which side is the girl's hostel,
17:43 there is nothing to be confused.
17:49 The children now have a beautiful campus,
17:52 where they can feel safe and secure,
17:54 their own home away from home.
17:56 The Asian Aid School for the Blind
17:58 is not just an institution
17:59 that provides food and shelter for the blind,
18:02 but it's an institution that prepares them
18:04 for the world outside.
18:05 And remember
18:06 when they finish year 12, for example,
18:08 I am talking about the sight impaired children,
18:12 they can go on to university
18:14 and by giving them these opportunities,
18:16 they can get jobs that are already there,
18:18 that government has set aside for people
18:20 with these sort of disabilities.
18:22 So we are channeling them, giving them the skills,
18:25 giving them the qualifications,
18:27 preparing them for employment
18:29 but also we are giving them life skills.
18:35 These children may not have the ability to see
18:37 but this disability does not deprive them
18:40 of the ability to learn.
18:41 They are perfectly capable of acquiring skills
18:44 needed for employment.
18:45 In fact, the Indian government refers to them
18:47 not as disabled but differently abled.
18:50 And the Asian Aid School for the Blind
18:52 provides them an ideal place
18:53 for these differently abled children
18:55 to acquire skills.
19:02 Without individual sponsorship,
19:04 these children would not be here.
19:06 Today because of Child Impact sponsorship program,
19:09 an individual supporting its program,
19:12 hundreds of differently abled students
19:13 like Jagan can receive an education,
19:16 an education that will help them
19:17 to lead a dignified life.
19:20 Whether one is able to contribute
19:21 in a small way or in a big way,
19:24 sponsorship endows these children's future.
19:27 Whether the Lord has blessed in different ways,
19:32 we are accountable for what we have.
19:35 We all know the Bible parable of the widow's mite.
19:39 How she gave what she could.
19:41 Some can do a child, some can do a half a child,
19:45 some can do many child,
19:48 but the combination
19:50 of what the Lord has blessed you with
19:51 is essential for the welfare of the children
19:56 and it will make a difference in eternity.
20:04 Thanks to the untiring efforts of Helen Eagar,
20:07 organizations like Child Impact International
20:09 and individual sponsors like Garwin Mcneilus,
20:12 children at the blind school not only have a place
20:15 where they can acquire life skills
20:16 for the world outside,
20:17 but they have a place
20:19 where they can prepare their souls
20:20 for the world to come.
20:22 I think of the blind school,
20:25 if not daily, sometimes several times a day.
20:28 And I think of the story
20:31 when we were taking the children,
20:34 to get their eye operation
20:38 and Dorothy Watts,
20:40 long time friend, India,
20:44 who's not with us anymore,
20:47 and I were sitting on the bench,
20:50 I had a little girl
20:52 and the little girl, Dorothy says,
20:55 "What do you want to do
20:57 if your operation is successful?
20:59 What is the first thing that you want to see?"
21:02 And she said
21:03 "Well, I've held a kitty, I petted a cow."
21:10 She says, "I want to see Jesus."
21:13 And Dorothy said,
21:15 "Well, we can see but we can't see Him."
21:19 And she says,
21:21 "Well, then show me a picture."
21:25 And Dorothy said,
21:26 "Well, your operation may not be successful."
21:30 And she said, she thought, she had look on her face.
21:34 She says, "That's okay, I'll see Him in heaven."
21:38 Here this little girl, that first thing
21:40 she want to see if she could see is Jesus.
21:44 And I think, when we wake up in the morning,
21:47 is that our thought?
21:49 The first thing we want to see is Jesus,
21:51 it has such an affect.
21:53 Jim, I think about it daily.
21:56 The faith of a blind child cannot be explained.
22:02 You need to come and feel it.
22:05 I've been in this position over eight years now
22:08 and the privilege that I have in my role
22:11 is being able to visit the children
22:13 that you the donors support.
22:15 And as I meet them,
22:17 I see the difference that you make in their lives.
22:20 The difference you make
22:21 and where they live in their village.
22:23 The difference you make with their education
22:26 and then finally when they get a job.
22:28 Just the other day in India, we met a bank manager,
22:32 he was brought up as a sponsored child
22:34 from a very poor village
22:36 and now he has a successful job,
22:39 he has a family
22:40 and he is impacting the lives of others.
22:43 And in fact, the amazing thing is,
22:45 he is now sponsoring two children
22:47 in one of our programs.
22:50 This is an important time of year.
22:52 It's a time of year where we share
22:54 and where we give gifts to our loved ones and friends.
22:57 But it's also an important time of year
23:00 for us here at Child Impact.
23:02 And this year for our annual appeal,
23:04 we have four projects
23:06 that will make a real impact
23:08 with the people that they serve.
23:11 Our first project is "Where Needed Most" fund.
23:14 This is a critical fund for Child Impact,
23:18 as it not only helps with the operating
23:20 that we do in six countries
23:23 but it also allows us to have a pool of money
23:26 for emergencies, which consistently come along.
23:29 Some are small just like medical needs,
23:32 but others are major
23:33 when there's a disaster or a flood.
23:36 We just ask that you consider the "Where Needed Most" funds
23:39 as one of the ones
23:41 that you can support this Christmas.
23:43 Our next project is "Operation Child Rescue."
23:46 Operation Child Rescue is a very dramatic project
23:51 that we are involved in Bangalore, India.
23:54 We are partnered with a lady,
23:56 who has a team that rescues girls
23:59 from brothels and the sex industry.
24:02 It's simply hard to comprehend,
24:04 how many girls and children are taken to the sex industry.
24:08 In India, it's thousands every year.
24:11 The same team helps rescue boys from factories
24:16 where they are poorly paid or hardly paid anything.
24:19 And the other aspect of Operation Child Rescue
24:22 is looking after and rescuing babies,
24:25 who have been dropped off
24:26 on the side of the road or abandoned.
24:29 Operation Child Rescue is not only saving lives,
24:33 its giving those children hope.
24:36 Operation Child Rescue is a key project
24:39 for Child Impact International.
24:42 The next project is the "Unsponsored Child Fund."
24:46 At any time,
24:47 Child Impact has over three and half thousand children
24:51 and we normally have about 500 unsponsored children.
24:55 These are children we have had to take
24:57 because of an urgent need.
24:59 We also need a pool of children available for sponsorship.
25:02 And yes, once a donor can't support a child
25:06 for some reason,
25:08 they go into that pool of children.
25:10 Once a child is in our program, we support them
25:13 whether they have a sponsorship or not.
25:17 Supporting the Unsponsored Child Fund
25:19 is a unique way of being involved
25:22 in sponsorship,
25:23 if you don't want the monthly commitment.
25:25 The Unsponsored Child Fund is critical
25:29 to our sponsorship program.
25:31 Child Impact is very excited
25:34 that we can partner with the church in India,
25:37 with a blind school,
25:38 a deaf school and four orphanages.
25:41 These special homes and schools are just so exciting to visit.
25:47 I had one of the most
25:48 emotional moments of my whole work career,
25:51 when one day I visited the blind school.
25:54 And a young girl
25:56 was just arrived at the school that morning,
25:58 they had found her in a village and she had been locked
26:01 in the basement of the house for over six years.
26:05 She just sat in the corner, she wouldn't talk to anyone,
26:08 she wouldn't communicate and she was just totally lost.
26:12 And I thought, is there any hope for this child,
26:15 totally blind by the way.
26:18 Well, I went back eight weeks later
26:20 and here's she was, I couldn't believe it.
26:23 She was talking to other children,
26:26 she was playing.
26:27 And then in the evening,
26:28 it was just so touching to see her singing,
26:31 Jesus loves me.
26:33 It really was just very emotional.
26:36 And so these children in a country like India
26:40 have a larger need than here
26:42 because when they are home
26:43 in their village, they are rejected,
26:46 their parents don't know what to do.
26:48 So supporting the blind school,
26:50 the deaf school or the orphanages
26:52 is a very real way in which you can impact
26:56 the life of children who have a huge need.
27:00 We're very grateful of Child Impact
27:02 for the support that you the donors give.
27:04 But December is a critical month for us
27:07 and a month
27:08 where you can give to one of these four funds
27:11 or any of our projects and have a real impact.
27:15 I just ask, so you give consideration
27:17 to supporting our yearend program
27:20 for one of these four projects.
27:23 You can contact us on our phone
27:25 by talking to our staff
27:27 and we put the number on the screen.
27:29 Or you can go online to ChildImpact.org.
27:33 That's ChildImpact.org
27:36 to see how you can get further information
27:39 or support us at Child Impact International.
27:43 I want to thank you for your support.