The caste system, gender biases, child marriage and poverty are just some of the factors that contribute to the deprivation of education among girls in India, especially for orphaned and abandoned girls. In fact, only 1 in 100 girls will complete the 12th grade.
Jennifer and Gomathi have already defied the odds by recently completing their high school education. Jennifer came to Destiny Village when she was 12. Her father died when she was young, and she became fully orphaned when her mother passed away from unforeseen illnesses. Gomathi also grew up at Destiny Village and learned that despite her circumstances, she has a God who is able to give her strength to overcome and pursue her dreams.
Both girls have a big dream to complete nursing school. They would like to pursue their degree via a three-year nursing course at the Salvation Army Catherine Booth Hospital and School, located in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu India.
The total cost to cover tuition, accommodation, transportation, books, supplies, uniforms and bills for three years is $7,800 USD (or $1300 USD per year, per child).
Destiny Village began in a church building with very few children in 2004. In 2005, this situation led a group of Americans to construct a 14,000 square foot home for orphaned children that now provides a safe refuge for Indian kids. The facility has the capacity to house 108 children, but will need further funding to make that dream a reality. The home takes special care to every child that comes into their care, with many children coming from harsh circumstances. There are so many more children in need. Please consider supporting this home so that many more may find refuge under their care. M. Manoharan, the onsite director, thanks God for everything: “We praise God who helps the weak and weary, destitute, and homeless children through such a great people like you. We have been praying for this for the past 5 years. Our Lord Jesus really heard our prayer. We thank so much those who are sponsoring our Destiny Village Children’s Home.”