This is the Bagmari Slum Community, Kolkata, India, July 2007. These kids are unbelievable. They bounce in on empty stomaches, crowd into a tiny hut, grab a broken piece of chalkboard, and carefully imitate the letters and numbers we write down down. They deserve so much better than I can offer in my six weeks here.
Flash forward to 2012, and thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of incredible people, you can help contribute to that better future. For $25 a month, you can support a child with nutritious meals, educational opportunities, medical care, health and hygiene training, and the message that somebody cares about them. For kids who have been told that they are untouchable, for kids who cannot dream beyond the squalor of slums, for kids who have to fight to make it to their fifth birthday, that message is priceless.
Kolkata City Mission has an amazing vision for the program long term. When you sponsor a child, the organization will send you their photo, personal story, status updates, and periodic communications from the child. It's easy to set up secure, recurring, tax-deductible donations!
I cannot tell you how exciting it is to be able to help support this little girl who captured my heart four years ago! (Here's some extra exclamation marks for illustrative purposes!!!!!) Will you consider setting aside less than a dollar a day to help one of her neighbors?