Rakesh came into our care at eight years old, and is one of the strongest boys that Big World Project has ever encountered. He, and his little sister Lakshmi, lived within the slums and often scavenged to survive. When both of their parents became critically ill with cancer, their family faced the cruel and inevitable fact that they did not have the proper funds for recovery. This lack of treatment was brutal for their parents, and scarring for the siblings. The children watched as their family continued to suffer in pain, until they ultimately became orphans. At this time, Rakesh stepped up to the plate of protecting and caring for his little sister more than ever before. He was determined to give her a good life. Luckily, Rakesh and Lakshmi were connected to BWP through a distant relative shortly after their loss, and we were able to step in to give them an extra hand. Since then, the two have only grown stronger in their connection with one another. Rakesh continues to be a source of wisdom and bravery for Lakshmi, making sure to hold onto his wish of providing a promising future for his sister. He is a selfless soul who has gained so much courage from his experiences. We cannot wait to see how this life unfolds for Rakesh and Lakshmi. With his spirit, anything is possible.
Gangadhar came into the care of BWP as an eight year old little boy with a beautifully gentle spirit. His past is rooted in great loss, having both of his parents taken from him in a car accident while on their way home from work not long ago. With no available relatives, this devastating incident propelled Gangadhar into the cruel world of homelessness until BWP was blessed with his love. However horrible, this traumatic experience has allowed Gangadhar to grow in courage and strength through God’s presence. There seems to be a certain light in his eyes that can never be dimmed, illuminating any room that he enters in such a noticeable way. Coming from a deeply traumatized past, Gangadhar continues to show the world what it means to take life into one’s own hands, never allowing his past to take hold of the potential of his future. We can’t begin to express how much we adore this young boy, we are so thankful to have him. He takes any opportunity to serve others, and we are confident that he will change the world!
This handsome young man is Sai Chennuri. His parents could not afford to provide his education nor even meet his basic needs due to their very meager earnings. His mom and dad spent long hours working fields and begging for money. He has an older sister, Shailaja, whom he adores. They love their mom and dad very much but were unable to live with them because their mom and dad were rarely home.
Their parents battled poverty on many levels and eventually succumbed to its beat down. In 2017, tragedy stuck this dear little boy another harsh blow. Sai’s mom murdered her husband in a domestic dispute and was incarcerated. Our GGM house parents, Gabriel and Naveen, have given special care to Sai and his sister and he is navigating through his emotional turmoil with love and support. Sai is tenderhearted, gentle and always full of life. With the help of your sponsorship through Big World Project, Sai will continue to receive the shelter, food, clothing, education, love, and knowledge of Christ that he so desperately needs in his life.
Sai came into our care as a ten year old little boy with a heavy heart. Upon his birth, Sai’s father made the decision to commit suicide in response to finanical stress. The circumstances of his death created a negative atmosphere for Sai to grow up in, often feeling guilty and to blame for his absence. Becoming the sole caretaker, Sai’s mother struggled to provide throughout her life. She ultimately made the decision to commit suicide, as well, in 2019. This unfortunate chain of events left Sai, and his older sister, abandoned, scared, and alone. Having already struggled with the death of his father, the loss of Sai’s mother crushed him more than ever. When first introduced to Big World Project, via distant relatives, Sai was quiet and reserved. He endured so much within his short life, leaving him feeling deeply insecure and unimportant. BWP sought to give him the support that he needed in order to rebuild and reimagine what his life could be. After spending some time within the comfort of the Kesh home, Sai slowly began to peel back his layers. He has been able to connect and relate with so many of the children, creating a safe space for vulnerable communication and overall healing. He has joined a family of people who care for him and yearn to see him prosper. Sai is finding himself more and more as time goes on, and we are so proud of his progress through his journey. He deserves to know how truly important he is.
Karthik is an infinite light in the mix of all that he has endured. When originally found, Karthik was sheltered under a few bamboo sticks tied together in the slums where he called home. As the youngest boy between his siblings, he has felt an abundance of unfortunate neglect since the day that he was born. Karthik’s parents, who scavenged for metal each day in an attempt to survive, became painfully aware that they were not able to care for themselves, nonetheless their children. After such a realization, Big World Project was able to step in to nurture Karthik, and his siblings, back to the health that they deserved. Big World Project has been in constant connection with Karthik’s parents due to our long-term goal of connecting their family once more. Through our hiring program and education services, we can only hope that this dream will one day become a reality. In the meantime, we cannot say enough about how much they have each grown to adore LIFE once more, especially Karthik. Again, the light he brings to our family, and world, is priceless. He was meant to shine.
The story of the siblings, Ishwar and Keerthana, is a harsh reality for many children at BWP. When we received these two, they were five and seven years old. Deeply wounded from their past of domestic violence and physical abuse within their home, they were afraid to begin again, afraid to be themselves. Their mother, who sold ice cream on the streets to survive, approached Big World Project in an emotionally driven plea to take her children to safety. In tears, she had told us of the horrors that her husband continuously committed toward their family at the hands of alcohol and anger. This plea was answered without hesitation, and her dream of rescuing her children became a reality. Though she has turned down coming to the Kesh. home, Big World Project stays connected with their mother in hopes to help her move forward. In the meantime, both Ishwar and Keerthana have blossomed beyond belief. Now seven and nine years old, they hold tight to one another in trust and love in a way that is almost unspeakable. Through their pain, they have gained strength and wisdom. Even at such a young age, these two have the ability to truly SEE someone for all that are, and recognize the kind of life that they, and others, deserve. One day, we will reunite their family. If possible, and safe, that will always be the goal.
Raju is a particularly special young boy who has grown to call Big World Project home. As the eldest boy within the Kesh. house, he has brought an abundance of wisdom and hope through the pain that he has endured. At just fourteen years old, life began to seem bleak when his mother committed sucicde over a matter of debt. Shortly after, his father, who cuts hair from time to time, made Raju aware that he was only able to care for himself with the money that he was receiving. Even at such a young age, Raju felt like a burden to this world, and contemplated the vulnerable position of living on the streets for survival through scavenging. Luckily for us, Raju had an uncle who saw his potential, and recognized a child’s right to security in any form. Raju was brought to Big World Project in 2019, and we have loved him ever since. Raju knows loss and suffering, but also hope and recovery. He is a guide to many of our younger children in the sense that he has not only overcome his trials, but been able to turn them into something greater. He is an inspiration to us all.
David, and his younger brother Daniel, came into our care at the ages of seven and five. Their parents were desperate souls who sold low-quality grains of rice and small hair combs in an attempt to survive. Such attempts were never successful, so David and Daniel suffered continuously. The slums are not kind, especially to children, and something had to be done. His family turned to Big World Project in hopes for help, and the boys were taken to Kesh. shortly afterwards. Though the decision was difficult, the importance of shelter, food, education, and emotional care proved to be more crucial. They deserved to have a life worth living, and their parents were able to give them a chance while they worked to get back on their feet. These boys are inseparable… and we say that with no exaggeration. Now nine and seven years old, the love that they share for one another is immeasurable. This special kind of love shows through in such magical ways with every moment you spend with them. Neither boy had been to school before, but their eagerness to learn, teach, and help each other along the way has only grown stronger with each day that passes. They are loyal and honest, kind and caring. They protect each other, because for a long while… each other is all that they had to hold onto. Big World Project is lucky to have had them become a huge piece of our complex family, and we continue to work with their parents in order to reunite them in good terms when possible.
Daniel, and his older brother David, came into our care at the ages of seven and five. Their parents were desperate souls who sold low-quality grains of rice and small hair combs in an attempt to survive. Such attempts were never successful, so David and Daniel suffered continuously. The slums are not kind, especially to children, and something had to be done. His family turned to Big World Project in hopes for help, and the boys were taken to Kesh. shortly afterwards. Though the decision was difficult, the importance of shelter, food, education, and emotional care proved to be more crucial. They deserved to have a life worth living, and their parents were able to give them a chance while they worked to get back on their feet. These boys are inseparable… and we say that with no exaggeration. Now nine and seven years old, the love that they share for one another is immeasurable. This special kind of love shows through in such magical ways with every moment you spend with them. Neither boy had been to school before, but their eagerness to learn, teach, and help each other along the way has only grown stronger with each day that passes. They are loyal and honest, kind and caring. They protect each other, because for a long while… each other is all that they had to hold onto. Big World Project is lucky to have had them become a huge piece of our complex family, and we continue to work with their parents in order to reunite them in good terms when possible.
Prakash came into our care as a ten year old little boy with an immense appreciation for life itself. He is a constant ball of positive energy with a true passion for curiosity and exploration. His beginnings were rough while growing up in the deep slums, and for a while, Prakash looked down upon the world and all it had to offer. Prakash's parents yearned for him to be cared for in the way that he deserved, knowing that they were unable to provide. In the past, they tried to send him to various homes, but he was never accepted due to his combative nature at the time. Prakash took to the streets for survival until the death of his father in 2019. After their loss, his mother approached Big World Project in hopes for a better life for Prakash. She wished that he would find friendship and family within our organization, in a way that he hadn’t before, as an attempt to settle his nerves and bring him back to the boy she once knew. Working with Prakash was initially challenging, but his light always shone through, letting us know how much he cares and appreciates the support that we provide for one another. He has made so many life-long friendships in Kesh., and has found a deep love for learning. Prakash continues to grow and blossom into such a wonderful and complex human being, and we have such faith in his journey.
Zechariah is a seven year old sweetheart who is filled with life and love. This little boy has one of the most infectious laughs that we have ever come across, and giggles at everything! Under unfortunate circumstances, his mother passed away while in labor during his birth. His father, on the other hand, is a well known criminal who has committed murder and is under imprisonment within the country. Devastatingly enough, at the age of four and five years old, Zechariah was left to fend for himself, sleeping on railway platforms and bus stations for any form of shelter that he could find. Even more, his only source of food were the scraps that were given to him by passing travelers. At such a young age, Zechariah was forced to embrace the street life mentality, demanding personal freedom in response to his abandonment. When Big World Project came into contact with Zechariah, we sought to give him a place that he would know is infinitely secure and safe. He has done remarkably well transitioning into a family-based environment, where he no longer has to fend for himself in such a cold and brutal world. He is inspired by his peers, and grows to yearn for love and acceptance more and more each day that he is with us. We are his family, and he can always count on us to have his back. Growth happens when united with people who are grounded in Love.
Anil came into our care as an eleven year old little boy with a strong spirit. Coming from rough beginnings, he has always taken it upon himself to be a source of protection for his little sister, Vijaya Lakshmi. His parents have worked very hard in order to provide for their children, though it never adds up to be enough to care for even their most basic needs. Anil’s mother carries sandbags for a local contractor all day long, and her father seeks to buy and sell iron pieces for very little profit. That being said, they have entrusted Big World Project with the care of their children until they are able to get back on their feet. Now thirteen years old, Anil has such a faith in the world that everything will work out in the way that it is meant to be. He inspires us all. He is smart and courageous, with a certain kindness that overflows from his presence alone. Though we do not know how long we will have this brave little boy, we feel blessed to have him with us in our family. He has taken an interest in Christ, which we hope he brings with him wherever he may go. If able, we humbly ask that you might consider sponsoring Anil during his time with us, and send prayers when possible. He is special in so many ways, and we cannot wait to see what her potential holds.
Charan is an eight year old little boy with a massive personality. He, and his younger sister Akshara, came into the Big World Project family after escaping a life lived within the slums of Rekurthi. While their parents tried effortlessly to provide stable means through their work in the paddy fields, the two were often left with very little to survive - malnourished and underdressed. When enough became enough, Charan and Akshara’s parents made the strong decision to seek help through BWP. With this connection, Charan and his sister have been able to thrive within their education, nutrition, and safety. Such an experience can be difficult for any child to process, and our BWP community makes sure to remind Charan, and all others, that they are true gifts to this world. We are lucky to have them. With the support of our growing family, we have seen Charan settle into our home quite nicely. He has a wonderful sense of humor, and loves to entertain. Charan has stepped in to help others in times of need, and always makes sure to put his sister before himself. He pays close attention to the way that he makes others feel, and seeks to bring joy to every situation. His mentality is that of a true optimist, and we are all grateful for his example. There is so much potential for Charan's life, and we cannot wait to see how he makes his mark on this world.
Kotesh’s parents spend their days selling plastic pieces on the streets for a minimum wage, and struggle often. Having been unable to make enough money for basic survival, Kotesh’s parents sought out the help of Big World Project for the sake of their child’s health and wellness. We have been blessed with Kotesh’s presence ever since. Kotesh is strong willed and confident, loving and kind. Coming from the village of Bachanapet, this eight year old little boy continues to amaze Big World Project with his ability to fight for what he believes in with grace and love. He has always taken such wonderful leadership in caring for his baby sister, and would do anything for her safety and happiness. Even at such a young age, he seems to know just how important it is to be a good person in a world filled with chaos. He inspires us each and every day.
Paulson is an adorably shy six year old little boy with a deep love for dancing. Being the only child in his family, Paulson was often alone and seeking a way to express and entertain himself. When his father suddenly passed away at the hands of alcohol addiction, he and his mother were left scrambling to make ends meet. In a situation of loss and chaos, a distant relative reached out to Big World Project in an attempt to help ensure that Paulson had a promising future. We have fallen in love with Paulson and his sweet soul. He has made so many wonderful friends at our Kesh. campus, and the children look to each other as brothers and sisters in one big, happy family. Big World Project hopes to figure out a way to hire Paulson’s mother in the future as well, so that she can visit often and continue their relationship. We are so grateful to have Paulson in our care.