Providing better quality of life for them

Jenifer David, one of the beneficiaries of the ‘sponsor a child’ programme, flanked by WVI National Director Jayakumar Christian and actor Pooja, at a function in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S.Thanthoni

Staff Reporter

World Vision India announces the launch of a 13-part docu-drama

CHENNAI: As a child Jenifer David dreamt of becoming a teacher and thanks to a sponsorship of Rs.600 a month from Rajagopalan in Vriddhachalam, she has been able to realise that dream. She now teaches UKG children in a private school and earns a salary, something very important for her family.

“I have never seen my sponsor… but thanks to him and World Vision India I was able to complete the diploma in Teacher Education at Ranipet. Ours is a very poor family… and they could not afford to send me to school or higher education. There are other children in our village who need similar assistance to make their dreams come true,” said Jenifer. She was addressing a press conference organised by non-governmental organisation World Vision India here on Tuesday.

Towards encouraging more people sponsor the education of under-privileged children, the WVI announced the launch of a 13-part docu-drama titled ‘Kanavugal.’ The programme would be telecast on Star Vijay from June 14 at 6.30 p.m. on Saturdays. The docu-drama, which has been produced by WVI, will be anchored by TV personality Uma Padmanaban. WVI national director Jayakumar Christian said sponsoring a child involved providing a better quality of life to the youngster.

It was not about adoption since the sponsorship was only for a period of 12-15 years. Sponsorships for lesser duration were also encouraged by the NGO.

A total of 2.24 lakh children in India were being sponsored by individuals. WVI was working in over 6,000 communities in 60 districts in the country, he added. Mr. Christian said they planned to make a similar docu-drama in Hindi too.

Actor Pooja, who has been sponsoring an 11-year-old girl since 2006, said she has been monitoring the youngsters’ progress on a regular basis. “I get her report cards, her photographs and also cards and drawings made by her. It is a nice feeling to help someone who is in need.” She formally released the docu-drama.