|Sunny and Mercy visited the U. S. earlier this year (pictured here with Leia and her family).|
Mercy grew up in the Manipur region of northeast India, in a mountainous village called Thonglong. Her father died when she was young, and her mother was attacked by wild dogs one day, losing an arm in the process. Their life was harder even than many of their neighbors, all of whom are known as “tribals” in Indian society. Tribals are a dual heritage people group with a long history of discrimination, considered to be lower than the dalits or “untouchables” of India’s caste system. When we asked what lessons she learned from her mother, Mercy said, “The significant lessons I learned from my mother are accept any hard situation in life and put trust in God to open miraculous ways.”
Mercy made her way to Chennai, the sixth largest city in India, where she met Sunny. They married “in the midst of huge opposition from family and friends because of intercaste marriage” and Mercy says she was deeply touched by Sunny’s “compassion for people’s struggle and love for God.”
not in school, 3/5 are girls.
Educated women are less likely to die
in pregnancy or childbirth
and more likely to send
their own children to school.
That brings us to our big announcement! We’re going to build a school in Thonglong. Through our relationship with 4HIM, we have an amazing opportunity to bring education to the children of Thonglong, rewriting the story for generations of families in this mountain community.
A little over a year ago, 4HIM helped build a rudimentary school after learning the closest school was miles away, and the children were unable to attend school at all. With overwhelming community support, the school quickly grew from twenty students to over 200. The children regularly score very highly on the government tests and are also learning English. The curriculum was approved by the Indian government, and the school met all requirements from the Ministry of Education…except for one.
The buildings have bamboo walls and dirt floors. The Ministry of Education has declared (and rightfully so) the existing buildings to be substandard and a fire hazard. The government officials have been very tolerant and patient; however, if the buildings are not completed to code, the school will be closed.
HERE IS WHERE WE COME IN!
|The children of Thonglong with 4HIM founder, Steve Hollingsworth|
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