I would have been a street kid

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” – Jeremiah 1:5

This Bible verse constantly reminds me of the fact that God has set me apart and made me what I am today. It is He who used Help a Child to intervene in my life. I was a sponsored child of Help A Child who grew up in Children’s Home, Bhogpur. Today, I serve as Program Director of a large TB Program with World Vision India and this would not have been possible without the financial support I received from Help a Child.

I am deeply grateful to my sponsors in the Netherlands, Mr. & Mrs. H. Dlumier. My paternal grandparents lost their lives in the riots that followed the partition of India. My father, a young lad at that time was stranded on the Pakistan side but with great difficulty he accomplished his desire of reaching India.

Though my father did not have a steady income, some of our relatives arranged the marriage of my father to my mother. My mother was only 13 at that time. When I was born, both my parents were just struggling to understand life, and financially, they were not in a position to take care of me. They were living in utter poverty and managing one meal a day was a herculean task. That is why I was brought to Bhogpur Children’s Home, run with the support of Help A Child.

With the assistance of Help A Child, I completed my graduation in St. John’s College and later with a scholarship from the same college, I completed my Post Graduation in Statistics. Very early in life, I committed my life to work for the welfare of other children living in situations of poverty and oppression. That explains why I joined World Vision in May 1996 as a Research Associate. I have not looked back since then.

Education and other basic necessities of life provided by Help A Child at the right time made a huge difference to my life. However I would rate the values and principles I was taught during my formative years even more precious. Without the intervention of Help A Child, I would have been a neglected street kid and I dread to think of what life could have been for me.

Today, Help a Child of India continues to intervene in the lives of thousands of children as it did in my case. I am sure that with the financial help of people like you, many children will be blessed. I am also proud to serve as a Board member of Help A Child of India.

-Subodh Kumar

Subodh Kumar is a development professional with 14 years of experience. He is currently working with World Vision India as the Program Director for a large TB Program, funded by Global Fund.

To Help a child , Contact us at

Help A Child of India, # 10, 7th Street, I Block, Vallalar Kudiyiruppu, Annanagar West, Chennai – 600 040, INDIA

We are just a call away – 044-42645074

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About Help A Child Of India

Help a Child of India is a Child care and development non-profit organisation ensuring Hope and Happiness to the poor and needy children in India since 1968. Help a Child of India has impacted the lives of scores of children in India. With its presence in 14 states across India, Help a child of India has engaged in the development of deprived children who would otherwise continue to be in the peripheries of the social fabric.
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