Life Without Hope

Oct 19, 2007 | Funding, India, Ruth Girls Institute

As you read this newsletter, the newest students at Ruth Girls Institute of India are unpacking their meager possessions in their new dorm rooms and having their first ever-healthy meals. Daya is giggling with her new friends. Her eyes are glistening – not from homesickness, but with hope. Just a few weeks ago, she’d nearly been forced to travel with a stranger to the big city to “work” for him. But Daya’s pastor interceded. He told Daya’s father about Prakash Institutes.Instead of nightmarish, violent nights in the brothels, Daya is already working hard in her dressmaking lessons. She had the first physical exam of her life and was found to be extremely anemic. With good food, clean water, vitamins, and an actual bed for sleeping, she can only think of her new life as a miracle. She has escaped the darkness of slavery and now faces the light of promise.Without this hope this is what is in store for a large majority of the young people of India. With the largest concentration of poverty in the world, and a caste and cultural system that limits opportunity, young Indians do whatever it takes to stay alive. For many this is hard labor, debt bondage, prostitution, human trafficking and involuntary servitude.Prakash mean “Light” in Hindi and Prakash Institutes are faith based, residential vocational schools located on 26 acres in the very heart of India. Prakash Institutes bring light where darkness once prevailed.

Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outters. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute! Proverbs 31:8-9

Young Indians are hardworking and independent if given a chance. There are no “Help Wanted” signs in India. Trades and skills are passed down ONLY to family members. So if your family cannot support another person in their trade, or you are an orphan, or a girl there is NO HOPE. Their lives literally depend on learning a trade and acquiring skills to break the ancient traditions. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.Prakash Institutes of India are in the business of saving lives and giving hope. PREVENTION—IS THE KEY. Protecting the vulnerable by providing Life Skills, Job Skills and most importantly, Spiritual Skills.These skills can bring hope for a new way of living. The impact of attending Prakash Institutes can and has changed an entire village.Spiritual training that will bring the ultimate hope of eternity with Jesus.Prakash Institutes have been 501C non-profits for 34 years and have over 2000 alumni, many of whom have gone on to become huge successes in their field. Many Indian churches have Prakash alumni as pastors. Many of the staff at Prakash Institutes are alumni. Until 3 years ago, the institute only educated young men, then my husband and I had such a burden for the young women of India, who are under fed, under educated and often sold as slaves, that we began a campaign to build another institute…co-education is not a possiblility. So with the help of God’s people here in the US we were able to build a 55,000 sq. ft. facility for girls on the same 26 acres. Ruth Girls Institute open late in 2006. Even though the women of India are mistreated, they do control the religion of the family. What better way to change India for Jesus than to equip young woman with skills that will help the family income and disciple the family to have Jesus as their personal Savior?It will only take $10,000 a month more to assure that the institutes stay in operation.We need for the men and women of God to step up to the plate and sacrificially give to save these young people of India.Prakash Institutes: a rare opportunity! You can invest so little, $1.85 a day, and virtually guarantee you will transform a life forever. Anybody can sponsor a student or give to the general fund.DON’T JUST SAVE A LIFE…HELP BUILD ONE.

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