Lakshmi is an adorable little girl with a deep love for art and creativity. At four years old, Lakshmi became the youngest child within the Kesh home, creating a learning experience for all involved at BWP. Growing up, Lakshmi lived within the slums and often scavenged to survive. Her older brother, Rakesh, did well to care for her in the ways that he was able while the two were left at home each day. 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 traumatic 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. That being said, the two were very young, and Lakshmi had little knowledge of the world around her. Through the guidance of God, Lakshmi and Rakesh were connected to BWP through a distant relative shortly after their loss. Since then, the two have only deepened their connection with one another. Now five years old, Lakshmi has grown beyond belief, physically and intellectually. Her curiosity is unwavering, and she is always looking for the next thing to explore. Lakshmi is a quite talented painter for her age, and we love to encourage her passion for the arts. Being so young, there is ample time for Lakshmi to discover herself here at the Kesh home. We cannot wait to see what Lakshmi’s potential holds.
Pratyusa came into our care as a child in desperate need of hope. She has experienced loss throughout the entirety of her life, beginning very young with the death of her alcoholic father. This tragedy propelled Pratyusa’s mother into a manic state, ultimately resulting in a breakdown that disabled her ability to provide. In response to this, Pratyusa and her siblings were forced to wander the streets to scavenge for food. Her vulnerable position and special needs put her at high risk for trafficking, and sadly, Pratyusha fell victim to the hands of local predatory men. This circumstance is far too common, and fuels BWP’s fight for justice in the name of all survivors. This is our ‘why.’ Since then, we have taken Pratyusa into our care at Lydia’s Home for Girls. There, BWP took extra measures in order to make her feel safe and cared for. Her environment has been filled with guidance, acceptance, love, and understanding in hopes to cultivate trusting relationships and build bonds. In such a space, BWP has seen Pratyusa blossom. Her resilience continues to make her stronger with each moment that passes, and her light never seems to dim. We are all so proud of Pratyusa’s bravery, and our family at BWP would not be the same without her. She has always deserved better treatment, and like so many others, her story deserves to be told.
Kanakalakshmi is a ten year old little girl with a troubled past. She, and her sister, were raised on the streets of India, consistently begging for food, water, and money to survive through the horrors of homelessness. These children were always hungry, always suffering. At times, Kanakalakshmi’s parents would even lock her and her sibling in cages filled with more than 30 other children while going off to beg. When locked up, the children would nearly suffocate in the unbearable heat, and were often bullied and abused by older boys. Again, these streets of India are all that she has ever known when it comes to having a place to call home. They learned to steal, and they were beaten time and time again for getting caught. Thankfully, a local pastor saw Kanakalakshmi’s plight and rescued her and her sibling, connecting her to Big World Project. Kanakalakshmi and her sister now enjoy a comfortable bed, three nutritious meals a day, and have fallen in love with school and their education. The two of them are learning of the love of Jesus and live with the joyful hope of a promising future. All of this change is possible because of you and your prayers, Kanakalakshmi thanks you. We thank you.
Sruthi is a gentle little girl who has struggled throughout the entirety of her life. Since very young, she and her sister were taught to help beg on the streets for money and food in an attempt to survive. At times, Sruthi’s parents would even lock her and her sibling in cages filled with more than 30 other children in the same kind of situation. When locked up, the children would nearly suffocate in the unbearable heat, and were often bullied and abused by older boys. Unfortunately, these streets of India are all that she has ever known when it comes to having a place to call home. They learned to steal, and they were beat time and time again for getting caught. Thankfully, a local pastor saw Sruthi’s plight and rescued her and her sibling, connecting her to Big World Project. Sruthi and her sister now enjoy a comfortable bed, three nutritious meals a day, and have fallen in love with school and their education. The two of them are learning of the love of Jesus and live with the joyful hope of a promising future. All of this change is possible because of you and your prayers, Sruthi thanks you. We thank you.
As a young child, Shailaja's family could not afford her education or even meet her basic needs due to their very meager earnings. Her mom and dad spent long hours working fields and begging for money. Shailaja loved her mom and dad very much but was unable to live with them because they were rarely home and provided an unstable and unhealthy home when they were there. They have been grateful for our care of Shailaja and would occasionally visit her when possible as time passed. Our house parents would sometimes take her to see her mom or dad when they would travel to the city. Seldom would they connect since they had no means for communicating. In 2017, tragedy stuck this dear little girl once more. Shailaja’s mom murdered her husband in a domestic dispute and is now incarcerated. Our GGM house parents, Gabriel and Naveen, have given special care to Shailaja and she is navigating through her emotional turmoil with love and support. Shailaja is tenderhearted, gentle and always positive. With the help of your sponsorship through Big World Project, Shailaja will continue to receive the shelter, food, clothing, education, love, and knowledge of Christ that she so desperately needs in her life.
Martha was brought into our care at nine years old from the streets of India. Her two parents spent the majority of their lives begging for money to survive, and teaching their daughter to do much of the same. Her family was in constant travel from village to village, always seeking the next opportunity to begin again. Martha’s parents grew to know that the environment that they were forcing her into was not one of safety and care. She was malnourished and yearned for any education opportunity possible, though the options were next to none. Martha’s parents finally sought help through one of BWP’s partners, who connected us personally with the child in need. With her parents’ consent, she was invited into Lydia's Home for Girls, where she currently resides. There, she has grown immensely. Her dream of acquiring an education was able to come into fruition, and her passion for knowledge is unlike anything that we have ever seen. She is bright and humble, kind and loving. We are blessed to be able to provide Martha with the proper nutrients and comfort that she deserves - too many children are left homeless and starved. She has overcome so many obstacles, and her life has only just begun. BWP cannot wait to see how Martha’s life unfolds with the potential of her intelligence and grace.
Likitha is a thirteen year old girl possessing great amount wisdom and maturity. Upon the birth of her little brother, Likitha’s father made the decision to commit suicide in response to finanical stress. The circumstances of his death created a negative atmosphere for both of them to grow up in, often causing Likitha to feel guilty and blame herself for his absence. Becoming the sole caretaker, Likitha’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 Likitha and her brother abandoned, scared, and alone. Having already struggled with the death of her father, the loss of Lakitha’s mother crushed her more than ever. When first introduced to Big World Project, Likitha was quiet and reserved. She endured so much within her short life, leaving her feeling deeply insecure and unimportant. BWP sought to give her the support that she needed in order to rebuild and reimagine what her life could be. After spending some time within the comfort of the Kesh home, Likitha slowly began to peel back her layers. She has been able to connect and relate with so many of the children, creating a safe space for vulnerable communication and healing. She has joined a family of people who care for her and yearn to see her prosper. Likitha is beginning to find herself more and more each day and her relationship with Jesus grows. She sheds light to others on how emotion can be weilded for good instead of hurt. We are so proud of her progress through her journey. This lovely young woman deserves to know how truly important she is.
Seetha Mahalakshmi came into Big World Project’s care as a seven year old little girl yearning for knowledge. She, and her siblings, spent their days scavenging for food while their parents worked as laborers. No matter how hard their family tried, there never seemed to be enough money or material for their means of survival. The children were often left hungry and unsheltered, entertaining one another with fantasies of attending school and seeking a better life. Seetha Mahalakshmi’s parents did not agree with the process of education, nor its importance, and ignored their interests out of a lack of understanding. When they were introduced to Big World Project, a world of opportunity opened up before them, and they were able to give their children a slice of the happiness that they had always desired. When Seetha Mahalakshmi found out that she would be attending school, she was both greatly excited and nervous for her journey ahead. No matter how timid or unsure she was, however, she knew that her siblings would always be there to help her along the way. Since then, her experience within Kesh have been nothing short of prosperous. Now nine years old, Seetha Mahalakshmi has come completely out of her shell, taking her education into her own hands and flourishing in the infinite amount of knowledge that this world has to offer. She is such a special young girl with everything that it takes to become anything that she wishes. BWP is lucky to have Seetha Mahalakshmi, we cannot wait to see where this life takes her.
Sanjana came into the care of Big World Project as a six year old sweetheart with a tragic past. Growing up in the slums, Sanjana and her family struggled tirelessly to survive. In order to earn a wage for minimal living, her father and mother spent each day sifting through waste piles in hopes to gather and sell small pieces of metal. More often than not, Sanjana was left hungry and homeless while her parents fought to keep their lives together. Upon realizing how difficult these circumstances were for their child, Sanjana’s parents decided to reach out to Big World Project in hopes of giving her a better life. It has been two years now that BWP has been blessed with Sanjana’s presence, and our lives will never be the same. She is the embodiment of strength and perseverance, continuously stepping up to be a role model for many of her peers in Kesh. Sanjana’s strive to be a leader shows through in the way that she treats her peers, especially within the school system. Sanjana not only encourages others to their absolute best, but tries her best to help them to get to that point. It is our ultimate goal to expand our business so that we can hire Sanjana’s parents and provide them with work that will allow them to one day have a home of their own.
Vijaya Lakshmi was brought into our care as a nine year old little girl with a beautiful, kind soul. She has a quiet disposition in her spirit and a very inquisitive mind. Her 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. Vijaya Lakshmi’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 eleven years old, Vijaya Lakshmi has such a faith in the world that everything will work out in the way that it is meant to be. She inspires us all. Though we do not know how long we will have this precious little girl, we feel blessed to have her with us in our family. She has taken an interest in Christ, which we hope she brings with her wherever she may go. If able, we humbly ask that you might consider sponsoring Vijaya Lakshmi during her time with us, and send prayers when possible. She is special in so many ways, and we cannot wait to see what her potential holds.
Sunada came into our care as an eleven year old little girl with a heart of gold. While her family was once stable in income and able to peacefully make a life for themselves, that all began to change when her father tragically passed away two years ago. Since then, Sunanda’s mom has struggled to find work and has resorted to hiring herself out as a domestic helper. Most unfortunately, Sunanda did not healthily process the loss of her father and his death has adversely affected her in many ways. She had lost complete interest in education, and found it next to impossible to concentrate on anything within her life. After this ‘depression,’ of sorts, Sunada’s mother took her Big World Project to be given a chance at a better life. She was given two loving ‘house parents’ within our Kesh. home, where they are helping her through the grieving process in the absence of her mother. Together, we will get through her trauma and introduce her back into the world of love, light, and hope. We yearn to teach Sunada many things and can only pray that she falls in love with learning and her education once more. We have faith that she will thrive in our warm and inviting community, with many children sharing some of her same experiences. Together, we heal.
Harini is a special young girl who was brought into our care at ten years old. Due to her father’s partial blindness, her family has always struggled to make ends meet for basic survival. Harini’s mother spends her days searching through trash piles in order to collect and sell iron pieces, which has become the entirety of their income. Because of this unfortunate circumstance, Harini and her younger sister have suffered from malnutrition and neglect. While Harini’s parents care for their children dearly, they decided to reach out to Big World Project in hopes for assistance for the sake of their well being. Since then, the two have only grown in the love and light of Jesus. Harini takes her role as ‘big sister’ very seriously, and makes sure to always put her sibling’s needs before her own. She is quite inquisitive and loves to learn about the world that surrounds her. Harini has taken life by the horns, and refuses to give up on her aspirations - no matter her past. She is such an inspiration to BWP for her continuous yearn to improve and protect. These attributes will lead her down a path of success, and we are so happy to help her along the way.
Vaishnavi is a sweet soul who was brought into Big World Project’s care at the age of six. Due to her father’s partial blindness, her family has always struggled to make ends meet for basic survival. Vaishnavi’s mother spends her days searching through trash piles in order to collect and sell iron pieces, which has become the entirety of their income. Because of this unfortunate circumstance, Vaishnavi and her older sister have suffered from malnutrition and neglect. While Vaishnavi’s parents care for their children dearly, they decided to reach out to Big World Project in hopes for assistance for the sake of their well being. Since then, the two have only grown in the love and light of Jesus. Vaishnavi treasures her time with her BWP family, and adores her sister more than anything in the world. She is generous and loving toward everyone that she encounters, and chooses to live a life filled with the utmost amount of kindness. Vaishnavi has a beautiful strength within her that comes through her experiences. Her sister, Harini, has been a true inspiration for her growth and acceptance toward their past situation, and she grows more like her each day. We hope that Vaishnavi will continue to let Jesus lead her way, and are more than excited to be a part of her journey.