ICC provides educational assistance to orphans in India

08/22/2022 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In 2008, anti-Christian riots swept through Kandhamal district in the Indian state of Odisha. After more than a month of violence, 120 Christians have died, 8,000 Christian homes have been destroyed or looted and 56,000 people have been displaced. Following these riots, ICC began to support a children’s home which took in 14 children orphaned by the violence.

The Indian government later changed the way it regulated orphanages in the country, and ICC was no longer able to support these children. They were sent back to their extended family and have faced many obstacles since then. In recent years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic situation worsened by the lockdown, children have struggled to complete their education.

In response, ICC stepped in to help the 10 still-minor orphans with educational assistance. We were able to provide each child with a year’s tuition and their books for the year.

“I am grateful to ICC for helping me and taking care of me like a father after my father died,” said one student. “I had hope and prayed to God [to help] me to finish my studies. After several days, ICC again presented itself as an angel and [provided] school support that we could not pay [for] several years.”

Another added: “I am grateful to ICC for helping me to continue my studies. I was faced with humiliation when my name came first on the list of people who did not pay the fees… I am grateful to ICC for reconsidering me and providing me with educational support to continue my studies.

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