The Sugandh Child Development Center, located in a slum of South Delhi, India, has been transforming the lives of working children for 22 years. Children ages 6–10 come to the center for four hours before going to work as trash collectors in the marketplace. Kids receive meals and are taught English, math, science, and social studies. Sugandh offers savings and loan cooperative groups to women in the slums who do not have the documentation needed for a bank account or the cost of getting to a bank exceeds what they can save in a month. Money from savings and low-interest loans from the cooperative groups enable women to buy small plots of land in their villages, cover medical expenses, and fund their children's education. Sugandh operates community outreach programs to provide basic health care and awareness campaigns as well as empower vulnerable communities to participate in the process of improving their quality of life—from access to clean drinking water to electricity in homes. Additionally, adults can participate in a six-month sewing certificate program to help families develop skills to become self-sufficient.
Pray for creative ways to keep the focus on the gospel in their community development programs as they face increased governmental pressure. Pray for favor with the local governments, protection from persecution, and boldness in proclamation because the gospel alone offers eternal hope, dignity, and freedom.