Your donations, child sponsorship, widow food parcel sponsoring and fundraising, allow us to continue to invest in these children and adults, giving them the education and skills that they need to become self supporting, which is our aim for them, and their aims for themselves.
You give these young people hope, and a future, and A NEW LIFE THIS IS WHY YOU SPONSOR
It was the dream of BFDT to develop the Shanti Nivas (meaning ‘Home of Peace’) site into a children’s village, and following the completion of the 10 new style ‘family home’ houses for all the children there, proper roads were a logical next step. That dream was fulfilled in late November/early December, when phase 1 was completed, you can see the pictures, right. Getting around the site is now much easier and safer, and the children can now ride their bikes and scooters much more easily. Thank you to Naresh and Ramesh Dewan, and the Dewan Foundation for funding this work which will make a huge difference to life on the campus.
Privileged to HugThis story was written by one of our sponsors, Mike, following his visit to Brighter Future India in November last year, these are his reflections ..When I was training to be a doctor, a wise old physician gave me some interesting advice: "always, if appropriate, touch the person who is ill." Physical contact is so important, isn't it? It makes you feel accepted for what you are.
Don’t put it off, Do it Now!
Just as is the case here, not everyone makes it to college or university, some of our children came to us as older children, never having been to school. For those children in that category we offer vocational training, and at the end of that, a loan to start them in business (repayment of our loans is 98%)Girls will be offered a 6 month seamstress training course which we provide in house, and boys are trained in electrical repairs (motor rewinding, etc), plumbing and building skills, also provided in house.
Not for everyone
Nobody knows precisely how leprosy is caught, but it seems that prolonged contact and extreme poverty are both prerequisites. So hugging somebody with leprosy carries no risks, while doing wonders for their morale! Visiting leprosy colonies with others from Brighter Future International Trust recently in Andhra Pradesh, was both a moving and exciting experience for me and my wife. Our friends from Brighter Future encouraged us to hug these lovely people, to hold their deformed limbs, and to show them that we did not find them repulsive, but we love them as our brothers and sisters. I shall never forget the looks of gratitude that we were given, and neither shall we forget the intense feeling of love that was generated in us. We found ourselves saying: "I care about you, you matter so much."
In St Mark’s Gospel Ch. 1 v 41 we read that Jesus , "filled with compassion, reached out and touched a man with leprosy." I realise not only that Jesus was doing something which was totally unheard-of in his day, but perhaps also I now have some faint inkling of the overwhelming love and compassion He must have felt towards these special people.
I was delighted last week when my 11-year-old grandson, who I was meeting from school, rushed out to meet me, and hugged me, in front of his friends. What a privilege! The problem with leprosy is that nobody wants to touch you, and this is especially true in a Hindu country like India. Leprosy is seen as a punishment for sin, and people with leprosy are avoided and bypassed at all costs.
Could it be we experienced just a tiny fraction of how Jesus felt when we touched or hugged somebody with leprosy?Wow, what a privilege!Mike and Lynne(Mike is a minister and a doctor, his wife Lynne is a nurse)
Leprosy cases on the increaseRecent press articles in the Hindu Times newspaper, illustrate that Leprosy is actually on the increase in Andhra Pradesh State, despite reporting that appears to attempt to say that it is being wiped out. Our work in the leprosy colonies is therefore even more necessary, to bring acceptance and hope to those unfortunate people who are stricken with it, in a society where it is not accepted. Your help in donating any amount is greatly accepted