Welcome to India

This blog is intended to make a country that most Westerners find to be otherworldly not so much so. We enjoy sharing our experiences, noting our observations, highlighting our impressions and otherwise recounting our adventures in India while helping our blogwatchers to be vicariously closer to this grand country. Welcome to India.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Hardest Part - Where Rural India and Trump Supporters Intersect...

Educating girls, while the key to changing societies, 
is not championed by many in rural villages.

A (really good) classroom in rural India.

These boys of NTR Colony are well on their way to a future of hope and promise.

Training the CCH pastor fathers is one of our primary 
tasks on the ground here in India.  Can you find Sean in this picture?

Last week we shared our biggest challenge in doing this work in India. 

“Event-oriented” culture (as opposed to “time-oriented”)?
Jaya far away from her Grandmas?

These are all difficult, but not the biggest challenge we face.

To fulfill our vision, hope and goals in the long-term, we must help change the mentality, change the culture of the rural villages of India.

"Young women should not be married off at age 14.”

"A life of labor after schooling of just five years is not acceptable.”

“Life is valuable beyond just what someone can do for you.”

"Marriage and family can be valued in combination with education.”

"Education is not synonymous with the declining morals of modernization…”

These are statements we have had to make over and over to any number of family members and others directly and indirectly involved with the children in our program.

To quote our recent blog, “Our biggest challenge is to speak life and hope into village mindsets that have never imagined one of their own attending a university, working outside of day labor or marrying in their mid-20s rather than mid-teens.”

Changing culture.  Changing mindsets.  One child, one orphan at a time.

But this also leads to a bigger discussion.  

India is not that different from many other nations facing battles within their borders between rural and urban, uneducated and educated, “traditional” values and “modern” values.  The three countries that we spend the most time in – India, Thailand and the United States – are facing similar challenges on how a country should move forward when these disparities are so present among the citizens of a country. 

India’s inequality is out of control. Thailand’s military interrupted democracy to halt the spiraling division and has the difference between the educated and uneducated ever been more pronounced in the United States than at this very moment in time? 

So the problems we are facing here are not unique to India. 

Globalization is providing more and more opportunity, but also revealing more and more disparity within nations.  Our focus at CCH is to help take every last orphan or abandoned child that comes our way and prepare them to help with these problems that will remain long into the future. 

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