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‘I didn’t pray because I didn’t have any food’

Sam Campbell
Jul 14, 2020

The coronavirus isn’t slowing down … at least not in India. The country has been reporting thousands of new cases each day and now has the third highest number of cases worldwide. Only the U.S. and Brazil have more.

Many of India’s cities remain under strict lockdowns. This is bad news for the countless people there who were already living on less than $2 a day. They continue to have no income. No food. And no way to get to food. Streets are deserted, guarded by police to ensure people follow lockdown restrictions.

Impoverished families in India and around the world need your help now more than ever. When you give today, you’ll help provide lifesaving essentials like food, clean water, medical care, hygiene kits, and more to people in desperate need. And thanks to new matching funds, your gift will DOUBLE.

There’s one little boy — we’ll call him Pintu — whose father used to work as a rickshaw puller. Every morning he’d go into the village and carry people on his cart through the dusty streets. He was essentially a taxi driver, but that all changed once the coronavirus pandemic hit India.

The lockdown forced everyone inside. Shops closed. Transportation ceased. Suddenly, no one needed a rickshaw because traveling was prohibited.

Pintu’s father lost his job, his daily wages … and his ability to feed his children.

Now, every day is a struggle to survive. It’s been months since Pintu’s father has worked, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. The coronavirus continues to keep people under lockdown. Families continue to go to bed hungry.

One of our partners met Pintu soon after lunchtime one day. Knowing that Pintu’s family were Christians, he asked if Pintu had prayed before eating.

“No, I did not,” Pintu said.

When asked why not, Pintu’s answer was heartbreaking — “I didn’t pray because I didn’t have any food.”

Pintu is just one of many children worldwide who are on the brink of starvation. Their small bodies are growing weaker and weaker without daily nutrition, but there’s nothing their parents can do about it. They have no jobs to buy food. No transportation to reach out for help.

But that’s where you come in. For just $8, you can help rescue TWO people around the globe like Pintu who are tired, hungry, and scared.

India’s slums and many developing countries are full of crowded communities where food and proper hygiene are scarce. Families live side by side in shanties made of tarps and scraps of wood or metal. Most don’t have access to clean water.

This was their situation before … so just imagine how desperate they are now.

“It is a very sad situation for people and communities where they depend on daily wages to live their lives,” one of our India partners said. “There is no work, and people do not have anything saved up for a situation of this nature.”

These people can’t afford face masks, so they walk around unprotected. And food is practically nonexistent, so their immune systems are failing. If someone becomes infected, he or she might never be able to fight off the virus.

Right now, you can help provide emergency aid like food, clean water, hygiene kits, and more to people who are struggling to survive this pandemic as well as bring hope. And your donation will go even further thanks to a matching gift from World Help Board members.

They’ve pledged to match your amount up to $300,000. That means your gift will have 2X the impact!

Your doubled gift will also help erase the projected budget shortfall caused by canceled fundraising events due to the coronavirus. You’ll help ensure global programs continue serving the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world.

Now is the perfect time to give. Not only because every dollar will double … but because someone like Pintu is waiting for your help.

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