Friday, August 14, 2009

Foundation 4Life sponsors a family!

4Life President Steve Tew recently returned from visiting our office in India and he gave us a report on some of the work Foundation 4Life® is doing there. Foundation 4Life sponsors a Children's Villages home in Vottinagulapally Village, Rajender Nager Mandal, Hyderabad, India. SOS Children's Villages is a worldwide organization that provides loving homes to children in need. The India branch cares for over 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children.

The truly wonderful thing about SOS Children's Villages is their unique approach. Recognizing that children thrive best in a family environment, every child is placed in a new "family" with other people who have come from similar circumstances. Foundation 4Life sponsors a specific home in the Hyderabad village that houses 12 children, plus a "mother" who takes care of them. The house mother guides the children in their studies and helps them in their overall development. She also encourages the children to participate in village activities.

Steve shared with us how the poverty and struggle to meet basic needs on the streets in India sharply contrasted with the very nice family environment within the village itself. The village is well-maintained, the kids have nice clothing, and most importantly, they function much in the same way that a "normal" family would. One story that really stood out to Steve was a baby who had only been there for a few weeks. She had been rescued from a trash can and brought to the village. What a dramatic change—going from basically being treated like a piece of trash to having a home with a loving and caring family.

There is truly life-changing work being done in India, and we're thankful that we can be a part of it through Foundation 4Life. Not all our stories are this dramatic, but they are just as meaningful. Every day we hear about lives being changed for the better through the use of our products and the financial opportunity we offer. Together, we are doing things we could never do alone!

Steve Tew and 4Life India General Manager Manoj Shirodkar celebrate the new partnership with SOS Children's Villages.

The new Foundation 4Life plaque at SOS Children's Villages in Hyderabad, India