Earlier this year, the Sixth Grade Academy kicked off its Altruism in Action program with a presentation by Sarah Kelley. She told the students about the transformative work of two companion organizations, Water of Life and Set Free Alliance. While spreading God’s message in India and Africa, Water of Life representatives found that it was difficult for people to understand God’s unconditional love when they lacked basic human needs, such as fresh water. By digging water wells, these missionaries realized that if they could provide clean drinking water, the people were more receptive to the message of God’s love.
At the same time, they learned that, sadly, many children in these countries were being taken from their families and forced into slavery, working in slate and brick mines. As a result, the Set Free Alliance was formed and began joining forces with Water of Life to address both issues. Now at the same time these villages begin to enjoy the life-giving benefits of clean water, their children are likewise enjoying a life-changing experience by being rescued from slavery, given medical attention, provided educational opportunities and given a chance to learn a trade as well.
(Click here for more on the Set Free Alliance.)
One of the trades being taught is tailoring; in learning to sew, young girls in the program use donated fabric to hand-sew these adorable stuffed elephants. They may look like simple stuffed animals, but they represent so much more. These elephants represent a new cycle of hope in India. Each elephant is handmade by a girl who has been rescued from slavery. By sewing these elephants, the younger girls are learning the trade of tailoring and the older ones are receiving income to be able to provide for themselves and their future families. What’s even more amazing is every girl who sews these elephants has decided to donate back a portion of their salary to make it possible to rescue their brothers and sisters in Christ who are still held in slavery.
(Click here for a blog post telling the story of
one of the girls who helps make the elephants.)
But that’s not even these elephants’ entire story! The money raised from the sale of the elephants will be used to drill wells to provide life-giving clean water to villages in India. This campaign was actually begun last year with the first Sixth Grade Academy class, which raised a lot of money for the cause. This year’s class is adding to it and will be selling these beautiful elephants until Christmas to raise money to dig a new well in India.
If you would like to help the Sixth-Graders meet their goal, you may purchase one (or more) elephants; the large ones are $15, and the small ones are $10. Just come to the Sixth Grade Academy (down the hall from the Achievement Center) and see one of the sixth-grade teachers.
Because of caring people like you, babies will live, children will be freed from slavery and receive an education, and God’s message of unconditional love will be shared person to person.