Through Covenant Family Church, Compassion Way supports a wide range of programs that promote health & hygiene, basic education, and vocational training, for women & children. These programs are aimed at alleviating poverty while improving the quality of life for all members of society.
THE SUNDERBAN: CFC recently planted their first church in this group of isolated jungle islands in the vast delta region between India and Bangladesh. These islands at the very top of the Bay of Bengal are populated by tribal people who get around primarily by boat. The Sunderban is famous as the largest remaining refuge of the royal Bengal tiger. Life is hard and very dangerous here for the men who venture out to hunt and forage in the jungle, especially to gather honey which is a traditional means of support for them. Each year many of the men fall victim to tigers, cobras, crocodiles, boating accidents, frequent violent storms, and other hazards of this harsh environment leaving behind families with little or no means of support. This relatively small, relatively new church decided to purchase a few sewing machines and set up a center where some of the more than 80 widows in their community can make and sell ready-made clothing.
The church provides the widows with kits of pre-cut components , then transports the finished garments to market in Kolkata. A gift of $100 would provide a sewing machine and several kits enabling more widows to help support their families
Healthy Women, Healthy Families
A statistically large number of women in India die while giving birth each year, and tragically, infant mortality approaches 20%. This makes the program to provide prenatal and obstetric services a high priority, as is a program that focuses on early childhood health and nutrution. In addition to medical care, mothers are provided with education on health and hygiene, food security, and vocational training. These programs serve hundreds of women and children in India each year.
Primary and Pre-primary Education
Compassion Way supports various primary and pre-primary educational programs focusing on at-risk children through the Healthy Women, Healthy Families program, and primary schools in the Leprosy colonies that receive no government funding.
The Child Development Center of Purulia
In West Bengal Covenant Family Church partnered for many years with the largest child sponsorship organization in the world to create a Child Development Center, the purpose of which is to provide education, uniforms, daily meals, and other basic services for hundreds of children daily. CFC built a facility to accommodate this program and in 2015 added a second story to double their capacity. Besides extending educational opportunities and improved quality of life to poor children and their families the Child Development Center made a groundbreaking decision to invite children from the Leprosy colonies to attend the center alongside regular students. Cultural barriers are being shattered through this new approach to education in West Bengal. Initially this decision cost them several students but eventually the community has come to accept this new paradigm. Unfortunately, the organization funding and administering this program lost its ability to operate in India in June 2016. Our response was Compassion Way Kids. This child sponsorship program will enable Compassion Way to restore this ground-breaking program in West Bengal. We are also opening a second Child Development Center in the state of Odisha to serve the orphaned and destitute children in ASHA NIVAS group home, many of whom have lost one or both parents due to recent civil unrest.