Local Man Helps "Forgotten Children" in India

By BROOKE WELCH | bwelch@wfft.com

Published 07/20 2014 09:27PM

Updated 07/21 2014 11:21AM

there are over 153 million orphans around the world.  It's the year 2014, and unfortunately, there are still places that consider women second class citizens...and not just women, but little girls. Chief Development Officer of Forgotten Children Worldwide Aaron Brown explains.

"In India, girls have less of a value than boys.  Boys will grow up, get jobs, get married.  Girls have less of a value in their culture, so they become the ones who are sold or abandoned by their parents."

Brown says that while most people in the United States would never consider selling their child, most U.S. citizens have never had to deal with extreme poverty.  "Poverty in India, is nowhere close to what poverty is in the United States.  These women are forced to make a decision based on despair, hopelessness, and because they have no income whatsoever." 

If you make $25,000 a year, you are wealthier than 90% of the world's population.

"Half the world lives on less than $2.00 a day.  In India, you find that $1.00 or $1.25 a day is what people live off of."

Forgotten Children Worldwide is an organization based out of Bluffton, Indiana, that tries to help orphans around the globe.  "These are children that wouldn't have clothes.  It's not, that they have clothes, and this is more.  The clothes they have is zero clothes, and what we provide them is the only thing that they have." 

Brown returned from Indian two weeks ago, and hopes to get more people interested in helping orphans. 

"It is overwhelming when you think of all the despair and poverty in the world.  But if we all do our part, and help one child, we can make a difference." 

If you would like to help orphans around the globe, Brown's organization allows you to sponsor a child for $25 a month, and 100% of the money you give, goes towards that child.  For more information, here is a link to the Forgotten Children Worldwide website:  https://www.forgottenchildren.org/

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