31 Million Orphans in India

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Latest estimates = 31 Million Orphans in India

Alarmingly the latest estimates for the number of orphans in India has grown by 18% to more than 31 Million children.  To give that some perspective, here are a few ways to visualize it...

  • equal to nearly 1/2 of all children in the United States
  • holding hands 31 Million children could reach from Los Angeles to New York...5 times
  • 5 Million more than the entire population of adults and children in Texas
  • 5x the entire population of Indiana
  • If each were given a 50' x 50' lot of land in Texas, no land would be left
  • 4x the population of New York City
What's more concerning is the few number of adoptions

We're often asked 'is the goal to have the girls adopted?'...and we frequently answer 'they already are' because truly they have joined our family and we care for them as our own daughters, for life.  We believe every child deserves to have a family - they need strong & wise parental-figures who will love them unconditionally in their triumps, in their defeats, in their successes and in their failures and they need a family for protection from predators who seek to exploit them whent they are most vulnerable.  But last year fewer than 5,000 of the 31,000,000 children were adopted from India with just 119 to the United States.  We love to see children adopted into loving families, but we also see the shortage of families offering to adopt, so there is a great need for a solution that will serve vulnerable children in India so that they can still have an identity as a daughter & as a part of a family.  It is our hope that our model of care - adoptive-level as our own care - will become the norm within the group home setting throughout India.

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Only 1 in 6,000 will be adopted.  Your support allows us to provide them with the family that they long for who can protect and care for them as our own!


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We Won Gold - Sports Day

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Athletic competitions increase confidence & teach endurance

Our daughters' school recently had its annual sports competition day where all of the students compete against one another in a variety of athletic challenges, many of which are track races.  While sports competitions are commonplace in the US, these are less common, particularly amongst girls in India.  But this is a great opportunity for our girls to learn to persevere, to endure, to overcome obstacles, and to appreciate grace when they win an unexpected race.  We were so proud to see our daughters step-up to the challenge and compete with excellence and good sportsmanship.  We encouraged them to "run the race in such a way that you may win" and of course we supported them both in their wins and defeats.

Thankfully, we won 9 medals!

It was so exciting to see their spirits lifted and their confidence boosted when they won their events.  Many of the girls realized that doing their best, hard work, determination, and some grace, can help them to achieve what they didn't think possible.  We hope that realization will transfer to their school work, and their careers as they get older.  In total, our daughters took the podium 9 times including 4 first place gold medals.

Race Start

The start of the race


We were reminded to run with endurance the race that is set before us in our work as well.

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Make a Joyful Noise - Music Lessons

Music Lessons

Creative activities develop leadership skills

In addition to a great academic education, we also focus on developing our daughters' creative skills and abilities.  It allows them to have a creative outlet, to express their thoughts and emotions, to sing songs that bring lots of joy, and more.  In India, these intangible strengths really separate the good from the great and are setting our daughters up for leadership positions in their school and in their careers.  It also teaches them that they can overcome obstacles & that something difficult can be mastered with enough hard work and practice.

Keyboard Lesson

Learning the Keyboard

Playing the guitar

2/3 of our daughters are taking music lessons

Whether they're playing the guitar, learning the triple congos, playing the piano/keyboard, or singing in choir, nearly all of our daughters are taking music lessons from age 3 on up to our high school age girls.  For those who are now in college many can play lots of songs and they lead music for our family, for their friends, and at community gatherings.  It truly has boosted their confidence and allowed them to show all that they are capable of achieving.  We are thankful that they make very joyful noises...which gives us much joy too!

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Indian Christmas Treats & Recipes

Christmas Recipes

Are you interested in trying a few Indian treats?

Our daughters enjoyed a blessed Christmas with the As Our Own family this weeek.  And just as many families do in the US - we gathered around food and family.  A few of the snacks made include sweets which are an infrequent food in India, and truly just for special occasions.

Gulab Jamun is a favorite - it is somewhat similar to a sugar/syrup soaked donut hole - it sounds strange but trust us, it is delicious! Karanji is another favorite which is a fried pastry with a sweet stuffing, & Shankarpali is delicious too which is a flaky crisp fried dough cookie. Our girls enjoy these special treats on Christmas and also on New Year's eve. If you're feeling adventurous, give them a try. They're easier than you might think, try the recipes below.

Gulab Jamun Donuts

Gulab Jamun - Indian Donuts (photo from VegRecipesofIndia.com)

Gulab Jamun Ingredients

For Gulab Jamun:
  • 1 cup milk powder
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour or maida
  • 1 tsp oil or ½ tsp ghee
  • a pinch of salt (optional)
  • a pinch of baking soda
  • 1 to 2 tbsp yogurt
  • a few blanched pistachio or almond slices for garnishing

Sugar Syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 3-4 green cardamoms, husked & crushed or powdered
  • a pinch of saffron/kesar (optional)
  • 1 tsp rose water (optional)
Click Here for Step-by-Step Gulab Jamun Cooking Instructions



Shankarpali - Flaky Crisp Fried Dough Cookie (photo from VegRecipesofIndia.com)

Shankarpali Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups maida/all purpose flour
  • ½ cup rava/sooji/semolina
  • ½ cup organic unrefined cane sugar/regular sugar or as required
  • a pinch of salt
  • 3 to 3.5 tbsp milk or as required
  • 2 tbsp ghee or oil for making fried shankarpali and 3 tbsp ghee or oil for making baked shankarpali
Click Here for Step-by-Step Shankarpali Instructions



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