Inches for India 2018 is here!
Inches for India 2018 was a huge success! We had 5 participants chop off their hair on May 21, and we raised over $5,400 for Missions in India.
You can still click on the button below to give online today! Select the "India Missions" option in the "Giving" dropdown options.
Thank you to Josee for putting together the video, and to Carl for taking some wonderful photos that can be seen on our church Facebook Page!
ABOUT INCHES FOR INDIA
The purpose of Inches for India is to raise funds to support the Dnyan Mandir School. In India, public school is not provided for a majority of families, and children never get the opportunity to have any sort of formal education. Dnyan Mandir is a privately funded school, which gives those children who live in impoverished conditions to break the cycle of poverty!
The Dnyan Mandir School is so important in the community in India because:
- 40% of all children below 18 years in contemporary India suffer chronic poverty and deprivation. Of every 100 children born in India, 5 don’t make it to their first birthday, 46% are underweight, 38% are moderately to severely stunted and only 50% complete primary school. (State of the World’s Children 2009, UNICEF)
- Denied access to good quality education and to English education, most are unable to even dream of better opportunities for their children, perpetuating a cycle of poverty.
- Approximately 80% of India’s majority poor can only afford government schools, most of which have poor facilities, lack of qualified teachers, and teachers who are often absent. Of the country’s 1.124 million schools (of which 87% are in rural India), 46,346 primary schools don’t even have a building; 15,791 don’t have a single student; 121,794 have only one teacher; and over 50% don’t have toilets. (ASER 2007)
It only takes $50 CAN to put one child through school for an entire year. This provides supplies, books, new clothes, shoes, and meals. At this point Dnyan Mandir has preschool-grade 2 available to the community, and we are hoping to help them expand their building and teaching staff to allow for more students to enroll & attend the school.
ABOUT OUR PARTICIPANTS
Michelle has a total of 16 inches of hair to spare, and is aiming for $2200. The first 10 inches will be $100/inch, and after that it will be $200/inch. If she meets her goal, she will shave her head!
Ashley has a total of 25 inches of hair to spare, and is aiming for $2500. The first 15 inches will be $100/inch, and after that it will be $200/inch. If she meets her goal, she will shave her whole head!
Lisa has a total of 8 inches of hair to spare. She will be cutting off 1 inch for every $100 given, her goal is to go above and beyond to reach $1000!
Nikki has a total of 8 inches of hair to spare. She will be cutting off 1 inch for every $100 given, her goal is to go above and beyond to reach $1000!
Angel has a total of 9 inches of hair to spare, and is aiming for $1200. The first 6 inches will be $100/inch, and after that it will be $200/inch. If she meets her goal, she will shave her whole head!