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Let Grace Flow
27 March 2012
As the third child born into a poor South-Indian family, Naava* was unlikely to live to see her first birthday. Her parents were hoping for another male child. With no welfare system in India, sons are about as close to social insurance as a family can get.
Daughters, who as day labourers earn about half the wage of males, are more like a liability. This would have been the painful thought facing Naava’s mother as she contemplated disposing of her new born baby daughter 11 years ago. (Pre and post-natal infanticide, though illegal, are still practiced in parts of India.)
In this case, Anglican Aid’s partner, The International Gospel League (IGL), was able to intercede on behalf of the infant. The mother agreed to spare and raise her daughter.
Naava is now 11 years old. Mother and daughter are seen together in this photo after Naava received a certificate for passing literacy and numeracy tests at the ‘After School Study Centre’ supported by Sydney Anglicans through their gifts to Anglican Aid.
Anglican Aid’s Director, Rev David Mansfield attended the graduation as a special guest and master of ceremonies. Seeing the love and pride on her mother’s face, David felt incredibly privileged to present Naava with her certificate.
However, vital projects like this partnership with IGL are now in jeopardy.
The unfortunate side-effect of our incredibly successful Horn of Africa appeal has been a drastic reduction in donations to other projects.
Whether it’s supporting survivors of prostitution in the Philippines, orphans in Bali, theology students in Uganda or homeless people right here in Sydney, all Anglican Aid’s projects bring life-changing assistance to people in need.
Please consider giving a one-off donation to help Anglican Aid recover our 65 per cent deficit before the end of the financial year. Our projects, and the people they bring God’s grace to, are too precious to lose.
* Not her real name.
Director of Anglican Aid, David Mansfield, reflects on ways we can let grace flow.
Since 1990, aid has helped to reduce extreme poverty, including almost halving the number of children around the world who die before their fifth birthday – 14,000 fewer children dying every single day.
Let's help make poverty history by giving our fair share of aid – just 70 cents in every $100 of Australia’s national income by 2020.
As a step towards contributing our fair share, by 2016 we’re asking our political leaders to fulfill their bipartisan promise to give 50 cents in every $100 to tackle global poverty
Download the 2012 Annual Report