Girl Chat with Kala

Girl Chat with Kala

Always Thankful, Kala!

Kala embodies the thankful heart that we think of during the Thanksgiving season, so we thought she would be perfect to interview this November.  We love having her as our daughter and hope you'll enjoy getting to know her a little bit as well.  Kala is 15 and in 8th grade and she received high marks across all of her subjects this year.

Q: What makes our family special?

A: I am thankful for the opportunity to share my thoughts about my family. Really the grace home family is a unique family and I am proud to say that I'm a part of the family. My sisters are very special to me.  I'm just so thankful for all the people who are looking after me every day and are concerned about my life.

Q: What is one of your favorite hobbies or interests?

A: When I was in 2nd grade I learned how to make Khichadi (Rice and lentils) and everyone said it was really good. After that encouragement I started cooking different things and it was becoming good.  I thought, maybe I have the gift of cooking. Now I love to prepare "Sabudana Wada"...every time it is perfect.

Q: Do you like school?  How is it going?

A: I want to achieve the goal I have set for my life and that's why I am studying hard...I scored the highest in English with a 100%!  My teacher is really good and he provided some extra classes.

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up?

A: I would like to become a doctor when I grow up. I would love to treat the sick. I know that to become a doctor I have to really study hard and get good marks.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote or piece of advice?

A: Psalms 27:10 which says though your father and mother will leave you He will never leave you alone.

 

We are so proud of Kala and will do everything in our power to help her reach her full potetnail!  And we too hope that she'll be able to maintain great grades and become a doctor someday!

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Child Development Institute at Hope College Opens
 

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College Graduation Celebration

 

 

11 / 23 / 2015

 

The Launch of the Child Development Institute at Hope College

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Equipping those who are called

One of the biggest challenges in caring for vulnerable children is ensuring you have a staff who are not only called but also equipped.  While many people feel called, unfortunately many lack the opportunity to receive high quality training due to limited resources.  Through the Child Development Institute at Hope College we are able to fill that gap.  The college offers biblically and clinically based training to equip those who are called so that every child is truly cared for as our own.

Volunteer & Technology-enabled

We have an amazing staff who is hungry for knowledge.  They are always eager to learn new ways to care for our daughters with many already having degrees in Theology, Business, and Social Work.  As a perfect complement we have some supporters & volunteers who have exceptional knowledge in the area of child development and have graciously partnered with us by offering their time and expertise.  By utilizing a combination of on-site training from our Director of Child Development and online training enabled through video-conferencing with experts in the US, we've been able to launch the Child Development Institute at Hope College.  

This program is the first Biblically-based and clinically-sound program in all of India!  The curriculum leverages best-in-class books in the area of child development - some examples include The Connect Child / Empowered To Connect by Purvis, How People Grow by Cloud & Townsend, In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence by Darke & McFarland, and many others.  It also includes real-world experience and practical application to immediately implement the concepts learned in the classroom to directly impact our daughters.  

If it weren't for amazing volunteers utilizing their training and expertise, we wouldn't have all the curriculum or depth of teaching, and if it weren't for generous donors we wouldn't have the technology to enable the international video-conferencing.  Together, supporters like you have made this possible.

 

A screengrab from one of the video conference enabled classes

"It is a golden opportunity"

In the US we sometimes take education for granted, but in India this opportunity is truly rare and highly cherished.  We spoke with several of the students and they all were so grateful for the opportunity.  One student said "It is a golden opportunity".  We have already seen amazing progress and learning taking place.

Also in our November 2015 news . . .


Girl Chat with Kala

 

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College Graduation Celebration

 

 

 

 

11 / 23 / 2015

 

College Graduations Celebration

College Gradution Hat & Gown Photo

 

We had a celebration!

When you see your children work hard and achieve their full potential, there's no greater feeling. This year we were able to celebrate 4 of our daughters graduating from college, and in true India fashion, we had a family gathering & party to celebrate.

As she walked across the stage to receive her diploma, Prina exuded the joy of completing one of her goals. It was the culmination of all the discipline, hard work, and focus put into achieving a Bachelors of Theology degree.  She hopes to use her knowledge to help vulnerable children int he same way that As Our Own cared for her. Thanks to your support Prina was able to achieve this goal.

Prina with a smile of relief after graduation

We took a few cues from the US and created a slideshow of each daughter from when she first joined our family as a little girl through those awkward junior high years, high school, and into college.  Lots of laughs were had as our whole family remembered many great moments from our daughters' lives and as we remembered how blessed we have been to be able to protect them and helping our staff truly care for them as our own daughters, for life.  

Graduation Celebration Photo

One highlight was when each graduating daughter gave a speech to the whole As Our Own family.  There wasn't a dry eye in sight.  The wisdom these young women shared with the As Our Own family was amazing.  They challenged their younger sisters to challenge themselves and to remain focused on the prize.  They showed respect and admiration for our staff and family.  It was one of those nights where we were able to see the fruits of our labor and that these 'little girls' grew up to be wise women.

Daughter giving speech at podium

Several years ago college was but a dream, but we didn't have the resources to make it a reality for our daughters.  Now, thanks to supporters like you, we have 22 girls in college this year!

Did you know that we spend over $100/month on school fees for each child in our care?  If you're able, would you consider helping us cover these costs by giving $100/month?

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Also in our November 2015 news . . .


Child Development Institute at Hope College Opens


Girl Chat with Kala

 

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11 / 23 / 2015

 

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Our Daughters are College Bound

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Also in our November 2015 news . . .


Child Development Institute at Hope College Opens


Girl Chat with Kala

 

College Graduation Celebration

 

 

11 / 22 / 2015