Sponsored child receives additional joy through gift of goats

World Vision began working in Varsha’s community when she was just 2 and lived with her parents in a tent made of plastic sheets. In the years since, her family has received a series of life-changing gifts, including four goats, which provide a stable source of income and nutrition.

Story and photos by Alfred Ling, World Vision India.
Published April 3, 2012 at 12:00am PDT

Varsha Kaachi was born the second of four children in a village in central India. Her father, Munnalal, and mother, Suman, make a humble living as agriculture workers for daily wages.

When Varsha was just 2 years old, World Vision started working in her village. How she came be part of World Vision’s child sponsorship program is a remarkable turn of events.

As World Vision staff members made a survey of the village, they came across a small tent-like structure made of plastic sheets. On closer look, they found that it was the dwelling for a family — Varsha’s family.

“It was not a home. We were blessed with two children, but we could not even provide them with a proper shelter,” says Suman. “My husband managed to set up a small shelter with used plastic sheets. But it was very difficult during the rains, when the house leaked. Our children fell sick often because of this. Our wages were spent on medicines.”

Varsha was enrolled in the child sponsorship program. That was 12 years ago.

Improved housing, education

Varsha studies diligently in her family's home in central India.Today, the family has a promising story to tell. Varsha is a good student who aspires to become a teacher. She also takes part in the activities for children organized by World Vision.

Varsha’s school has been provided with benches and desks to give children a comfortable place to learn. Sports kits were also given to the school to encourage children to play and enjoy with friends. This has made it a happy place for the children.

In keeping with the promise of child sponsorship, however, the story of hope did not end with benefits for Varsha alone.

Sensing the family’s need for better shelter, World Vision assisted them in building a small house.

“A house for us! Can this ever happen? We couldn’t believe it when the staff told us,” says Suman. The new concrete house, though small, has provided them a secure, dry place to live. Munnalal and his friends helped build it.

“I like my house very much. Now we don’t have to worry about our house leaking during the rains. We can stay warm,” says Varsha.

The sustainable gift of goats

Varsha stands with her parents outside the family's home, which was constructed with World Vision's help.As part of World Vision’s economic development assistance for families living in poverty, Varsha’s family was provided with four goats. Now, they have seven.

The goats have brought the family an extra sense of stability and independence. Selling the goats has produced an additional source of income, and the goats’ milk has become a nutritional staple for Varsha and her siblings. It’s a far cry from where they were when World Vision first began work in their community.

Other families in the village have also benefited from the gift of animals through World Vision, too, which provides them with income and a means to care for their children that they didn’t have before.

“If not for World Vision, I don’t know what would have happened to us and our children, and especially our grown-up daughters,” says Suman emotionally. “I thank World Vision for all that they’ve been to us.”

Three ways you can help

As we celebrate Easter, remember how this holiday symbolizes the gift of hope and new life, and praise God for families like Varsha’s who have experienced both through the generosity of World Vision’s donors.

This Easter, give the gift of a goat. The simple gift of a goat can provide nutrition and income to a familly in need, helping them to establish greater stability, independence, and a safety net against poverty.

Sponsor a child in India. Your ongoing love and support for a boy or girl in need can bring benefits to an entire family and community — like nutritious food, clean water, safe shelter, education, medical care, and more.