Outreach Spotlight: Vision Rescue

I would like to take a moment to familiarize all of you out there with Vision Rescue as well as the Founder and President Biju Thampy. Biju has an incredible testimony and actually was the guest speaker at Hillsong Sydney this past sunday for their Valentines services. We here at True North Church are excited because Biju Thampy will be joining us for our Morning and Evening services on March 20th…. well heres a little backstory on Vision Rescue and Biju.

Vision Rescue is Located in Mumbai. Mumbai is one of the 4 major Metropolitan cities of India with a population of 24 million people. There are 3,00,000 street children living on the streets of Mumbai. With all the help provided to these children it is estimated that only 15,000 of them receive any kind of attention and care.

Vision Rescue is a non-profit, registered charity involved in feeding, providing non-formal education, medical help, skill training and other kinds of help to the addicted and abused street children.

In the year 2004, Vision Rescue began its work on the streets of Mumbai. The first ever feeding began at the Mahim Station where 4 of us bought off a local snack named “Vada Pav” and went to the platform of the station. Soon we were interacting with a few kids who were so excited that somebody waited on the busy platform to have a chat with them! We fed 6 kids with the food we bought. Soon many more crowded near us, we ended up buying more food that day to give to these hungry kids.

Our team began visiting the Mahim Station everyday with food and the numbers just multiplied each day. We visited other stations too nearby and began giving food to the children at Mahim and Matunga stations. We discovered that most of these kids were addicted to substance abuse and had never been to school. Most of them wanted to get educated.

We decided to find a place to start giving them non- formal education. Failing to find an appropriate place to gather these children and considering the soaring real estate prices, we decided to buy a school bus and converted it into a ‘class room’ for these kids who were so excited to receive education. We identified a few needy locations and parked the bus wherever appropriate and gathered the children into the bus. They are cleaned and are taught the basics of English, Hindi, Mathematics, General and Moral Sciences, Health, Hygiene and Cleanliness. We equipped the bus with tray tables behind the back of every seat to serve as table tops, a T.V., a DVD player and a P.A. System. We bought them slates and chalks to write and learn.

After a time of teaching, these children were provided with one nutritious, well balanced meal a day. This is brought in by a jeep which comes in with the cooked food. We rented a one room kitchen where we cook the food for these children.

for more information visit http://www.visionrescue.org


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