Thanks to the power of your contributions coupled with the dedicated work of more than 2,000 SevaChild volunteers in India, SevaChild will provide disease-preventing micronutrients to more than 1,200,000 children in 2016.
Your donation dollars are the fuel that feeds SevaChild’s efforts; in fact, it would be impossible to overstate our contributors’ importance – not to mention our gratitude! In terms of potential, SevaChild International is still in its infancy. But its impact exceeds its stature because of the generosity of supporters like you. Just look at the graph to see what we have accomplished with a little help from our friends.
SevaChild’s managing director in India had been planning for our president’s arrival for weeks. With the assistance of his only staff member and more than 20 volunteers, he had arranged for Rick Carlton to attend a vitamin A administration event in a remote tribal village in Karnataka, and another in the largest slum in Hyderabad.
By morning’s end, we had attended to more than 100 village children who would have otherwise remained vulnerable to the ravages of vitamin A deficiency disorders (VADD). And judging by the profuse thanks received from the village elders, the proud expressions on the faces of the mothers and the beaming faces of their children, the villagers of Nayakuni Thanda were very grateful for SevaChild’s intervention.
We began dispensing the vitamin A early in the morning to allow for parents to escort their children before heading off to work, and we persevered throughout the day as other parents wandered in after work with their children in tow. By the end of the day, hundreds ofchildren had been supplied with life-giving doses of vitamin A and albendazole.
Bollywood – and Hollywood – film star Roger Narayan (middle of photo) is now SevaChild’s Goodwill Ambassador, and has been working to increase public awareness of our mission to eradicate vitamin A deficiency in India.
His feature film credits include The Man Who Knew Infinity (world premiere Toronto International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, IFFI Goa Opening Film, Zurich Film Festival, New York Indian Film Festival, Singapore Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival et al), Clay (Cannes Film Festival), Happy Feet 2, The Test, Points of Origin, Flawless, Quest of Alchemy, Caught on Tape (with rapper Sticky Fingaz), A-List and Touchwood. Roger also appeared in Eat Pray Love and Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol; his latest feature film, U-Turn, was recently released in India.
Roger’s career originally launched as a child actor in India and he is still appearing in Indian films, with concurrent appearances in American movies and television, across a broad range of genres. Fluent in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Sanskrit, Roger represented India as a Cultural Ambassador at Asian Trend in China, where he was nominated as the Emerging Top Star of Asia
We proudly welcome Roger to the SevaChild team, and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship for all concerned.
The world’s largest population of nutritionally deficient children is in India. And after 18 months of scientific research, as well as negotiations with manufacturers and funding sources, a trial program offering multi nutrient supplementation will begin this August in the state of Karnataka.
The six-month pilot, conducted by SevaChild with support from Karuna Trust, will evaluate biological and behavioral changes in 10,000 children taking a supplement comprised of 15 vitamins and minerals – ingredients proven by WHO and UNICEF to cure anemia while protecting against other diseases caused by nutritional deficiency. Upon the pilot’s completion and a ‘thumbs up’ from our financial backer, SevaChild will commence a full-scale project to administer these powerful disease-preventing multi nutrients to thousands more children in rural villages and urban slums of India.
Along with our Child Sponsorship program, which provides the poorest children in this village with an English Standard education, nutritious daily meals, after-school tutoring classes and regular health checkups,
Child sponsors have implemented a village improvement project to help the community in which the sponsored children live. Completed projects include a water tank at the village school plumbed for easy and multiple access to drinking water; the repair of school toilets and wash basins; the construction of a shelter for one of the school’s three outdoor kitchens; repair and replacement of the dilapidated roof and ceiling of yet another school; and the painting of all three schools. Our sponsors also purchased a vending cart to establish a means of economic support for the parents of one of their sponsored children and, in that same spirit, they built a house for the family of another sponsored child that had been left homeless after their house was destroyed in the 2014 monsoons.
Following are projects planned for the future:
With the phenomenal growth we have seen in our vitamin A program over the past three years, our multivitamin pilot beginning in August and our newly developed partnership with Akshaya Patra (arguably India’s most well known and highly respected humanitarian organization), 2016 is proving to be a year full of promise and enormous potential.It really is remarkable to see how far we have come. As of this writing, SevaChild has over 1,200,000 children enrolled in its disease-preventing micronutrient program. Our network of over 2000 volunteers, our sponsors, contributors like you and the children we serve have been enormously blessed. Let us continue to work together – some of us as administrators, some as donors and still others as volunteers – until we eradicate childhood scourges like VADD and give a leg up to the millions of little innocent ones at the bottom of the world’s socioeconomic ladder. We thank all of you for your invaluable support from the bottom of our hearts.