Inspired by Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and what he accomplished on our behalf, the mission of Guthrie Orphans and Widows is to vigorously fulfill the role of Kinsman Redeemer by defending, rescuing, and restoring orphans and widows in their distress, and equipping others to do the same.
GOW wants to provide you an opportunity to hear about people in need we have identified and get a brief snapshot into their world.
GOW shares accomplishments to date, shares their needs and provides an opportunity to choose where you wish to contribute. Finally, we will provide a way for you to stay in touch, to see the results of your donation.
GOW reaches out to street children in India, who may be homeless because their family is homeless through poverty or migration, or because they have been abandoned, orphaned or have run away. It is not unusual to see whole families living on the sidewalks, or rows of individual children sleeping around the railway station. These children live and work amidst trash, animals and open sewers. Only two in three Indian children have been vaccinated against TB, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio and Measles; only one in ten against Hepatitis B. Most street children have not been vaccinated at all. They usually can not afford, and do not trust, doctors or medicines. If they receive any treatment at all it will often be harmful, as with kids whose parents place scalding metal on their bellies as a remedy for persistent stomach pain.
A slum is a district of a city marked by poverty and inferior living conditions. Children in slum clusters live without a sense of security and stability. As their homes are mostly illegal they may face demolition by municipal authorities at any time. Families are then rehabilitated in remote places, severing them from social, economic and educational lifelines, so essential to their well being.
Most Indian street children work. A common job is rag-picking, in which boys and girls as young as 6 years old sift through garbage in order to collect recyclable material. The children usually rise before dawn and carry their heavy load in a large bag over their shoulder. Rag-pickers can be seen alongside pigs and dogs searching through trash heaps on their hands and knees. Other common jobs are the collecting of firewood, tending to animals, street vending, dyeing, begging, prostitution and domestic labor.
This includes sexual, physical and emotional abuse. The degree of the abuse, when in the person’s life it occurred and its duration have varying levels of impact. Sometimes victims hide that they have been abused and may not reveal it until later.
Sex trafficking takes place all across India. According to the US State Department, there are approximately 600,000 to 820,000 people trafficked a year across international borders, and up to 50% of those are children.
India is fast becoming a source, transit point and destination for traffickers of women and children for sexual and non-sexual purposes. The areas of the greatest concern were poverty stricken areas such as Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa and West Bengal.
Our team has many years of experience in international missions, particularly India.
Projects are selected based on narrow, specific focus areas, with targeted end dates.
Our focus is on essential and serious needs, identified by in-country team members.
GOW empowers donors to suggest, select and be actively engaged in projects.