You may notice that we don’t post about the bad things very often. We don’t share pictures of children with flies in their eyes, we don’t show what most children look like when they first come into our care, and we don’t go into gruesome detail about what the children we rescue have been through. It’s a choice we made a long time ago to focus on the hope and restoration that God brings to his children.
Yes, there’s a but.
Lately we’ve noticed that by doing that, we haven’t given you the whole picture. You haven’t heard about the danger that our partners are in just for rescuing children in God’s name, known that Praveen sleeps a mere 3 hours a night, or seen the skinny, dirty, terrified, and unclothed children that come out of rock quarries.
Now don’t get us wrong. Those after stories that you hear are 100% true, and yes they are beautiful. But there’s a before story too, and sometimes the before is now.
So what does this mean?
We stand by our decision to not fill up your Facebook feed and email inbox with graphic pictures and stories. We prefer to fill those up with the stories of what your donations have done for these children. But, we also choose to step aside from the social media feeds and the emails to a bit more of a private place, and take the time to tell you the real challenges we face on a daily basis.
So, welcome to our new blog series,
Here, we’ll be sharing the things that we usually keep private. We’ll address the questions that many of you may have. We’ll be giving you a better look into the life of the poor in India, and why slavery is such an epidemic there. We’ll share with you the real-life challenges that Praveen faces every day, and what we can do to help him. We’ll explain to you why our children are living in different states across India, and why we face so many challenges in feeding them. Every week for the next four weeks, we’ll be giving you an uncensored look into Set Free Alliance’s work… here’s what’s in store:
Week 1: It’s Not Just An After Story
Week 2: It’s Not Like America
Week 3: It’s More Than The Rescue
Week 4: It’s A Goal of Sustainability
Week 5: Don’t Just Like This
We like the after stories just as much as you do, but this stuff is too important for us not to talk about. We’re not doing this to argue our point, it’s not a publicity stunt, and it’s not to put anyone in their place.
It’s to tell you that there is more. There is more going on in India, there is more that goes into creating a place where there children can thrive, and we need you to made it all happen.
We’re doing this to bring you into our inner circle for just a few weeks, because we need you to be a part of this community.
We need your hearts and we need your action.
So, let’s embark on a new journey, let’s get to know each other better, and let’s make a difference together.
Want to step up to help feed the children right now? Just $20 a month feeds 150 children each month. That’s 1,800 meals in a year, which is a BIG impact.
To hold you over until we continue uncensored next week, here are a few Q&A’s that we wanted to share with you about the Rice For Life summer campaign going on right now…
Q: Does $20 feed 150 children for a year?
A: No, a one time $20 donation feeds 150 children one meal. If we can get 3,960 bags paid for on a monthly basis, it will feed the children every day.
Q: Why don’t you take more steps to make food more sustainable for the children?
A: We’ll actually be digging into a lot of the details of this in our uncensored blog series. But, in short, providing sustainability is something that we continue to strive for, but there are several challenges we face in obtaining this goal. Less than 25% of the children we care for actually live at the main campus. The rest are spread out over several states, living in one room churches or in rented facilities.
Q: Are the children only eating rice?
A: The children eat mainly rice with some curried vegetables. This may not sound like a great meal to us as Americans, but Indian culture is very different from ours, and these children are thrilled to have their rice and veggies. We are working to expand the type of food that we are giving to the kids. We have sent more money to India in the first quarter of 2018 than any other first quarter of our existence, but the needs have grown as many of our children grow.
Rice is the main staple of the diet in India and it’s a part of every meal. We spend a large amount of our resources on feeding children, and we have much more that we need to do than just that. If we can get enough people to commit each month to buying a bag of rice, it will allow us to budget for these additional things