Anjali is the older sister of our little Shilpa. This 10-year-old is currently in the fifth grade and is an absolute sponge. She sits, observes, studies and takes it all in. She is ready to soak up every bit of knowledge she can. Like her little sister, she also wants to be a police officer.
Anjali's path to Grace House India comes with some heartbreaking twists and turns. When she and her sister were very young, their parents abandoned them – leaving the girls with their grandmother who is elderly and in kidney failure – and moved away to a major city.
Unable to provide even basic necessities, their grandmother sent the girls into the streets and temples to beg. A kind man in their village took notice and took the girls to a local orphanage, believing they would receive better care. When he found out they instead had been neglected and beaten, he returned them to the village – where they resumed their daily routine of begging in the streets and temples for their grandmother.
Upon learning about Grace House, this kind man once again approached the sisters, telling them he had found them a new home. Fearing the worst, the girls begged him, "Please, Uncle, don't sell us!"
With nothing but the clothes on their backs – no bag, not even shoes on their dirty little feet – these girls entered our gates fearing a repeat of the abuse experienced at their prior home.
Their fear turned to absolute joy once they realized they were in a home where they would be loved and protected. It has been a blessing to watch them blossom and become confident both in themselves and in their surroundings. Knowing they are home, there will be no more abandonment or abuse... ever.
A monthly sponsorship of a child at Grace House India is used to cover all our girls' living expenses. These expenses include clean water, nutritious meals, a private, Christian education, school supplies, tutoring, her clothing and any routine medical care and medications. No administrative expenses are ever taken from your contribution, 100% of your giving is directed exactly as you designate. * Dipali is partially sponsored and needs an additional $95 monthly to complete her sponsorship.