Sponsored children come from poor and marginalized families. Many are Dalit (formerly known as “Untouchables”), the lowest social group in the Hindu caste system. The word Dalit means “oppressed” or “broken.”
Traditionally, Dalits are day laborers or migrant farmers, doing the dirtiest of all labor. They experience discrimination and aren’t protected by laws to the same degree as others. To be born female and Dalit is two strikes against a girl.
We believe that education is the way for these students to break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, child marriage, child labor, and abuse. By sponsoring a student, you are providing them with a step up and hope for a better future.
Just $40 a month provides safe shelter, food, clothing, medical care, school supplies, and academic, emotional, and spiritual support as your student(s) receive a quality education at our Lutheran partners’ schools. At the same time, these students – mostly Hindu – experience the love of God by our Indian partners, the Arcot Lutheran Church and the India Evangelical Lutheran Church, both in Tamil Nadu, India.
Sponsoring a specific student allows you to communicate via our Sponsor Portal (email and uploads such as video or photographs), and if you someday travel with LPGM to India, you may meet your student and their family!
Individuals, families, small groups (like book clubs), and congregations currently support nearly 1,300 students while others choose to provide general support. There are still about 200 students who could be paired with a sponsor like you.
You may look through all student profiles or filter by age, birth month, birth year, or gender. Once you select your student(s), you will be asked for personal information (which we keep safe) and to set up your payment plan. You may choose the frequency of your payments via credit card or bank account online. We also accept checks, or non-cash assets such as stocks and securities.
Once you have submitted this information, we will contact you with further details, including an introduction letter from your student and directions for how you may write back.
Letters to and from your sponsored student allow you to learn about each other's lives and share prayer requests and encouragement.
Watch your student grow through photos shared through email and the sponsorship portal.
You will receive regular prayer requests for your student and information on local crises that affect them.
Yes! If you choose to do this, your gift will join with other donors doing the same thing, and will provide support for students in our program who do not have a sponsor.
LPGM supports nearly 1,300 students across six different boarding homes in Tamil Nadu, India, four in the Arcot Lutheran Church (ALC) and two in the India Evangelical Lutheran Church (IELC).
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