When you look around the streets in India, you will find mostly women and children. The children are sent out to beg or “work the streets (which we will get footage of later this week).” Many of the women are illiterate, drug addicts, and prostitutes. They feel they have no way out and are stuck in this rut with no hope.
The Timithy Initiative really has a burden for these women. This led to a new ministry they are just starting.
They are opening a sewing training center. Today was the first day! We moved two new girls in, Hema and Jenny. They even had their first lesson with the new instructor Munjula.
The women will be given at least 6 months of training in the sewing industry. After completion they will be given their own sewing machine, along with the skills and know-how to start their own business. Some of the women will also be able to live in the home while they are training. So it is not only providing for them an education, but a roof over their heads.
Most importantly TTI will share the Gospel with these women. They have partnered in this ministry with a local church called Radiant Life.
We were able to talk to the two first students and the teacher today. It was interesting to hear where these girls had come from.
This is Hema. She was actually one of the orphans at Grace Home. She lost her leg in an accident and now has a prosthetic limb. This has been huge for her. She is now old enough to move out and wanted to learn how to be a tailor. She said she would love to teach one day.
This is Jenny (great name huh? j/k). Jenny had a really rough life before moving to Bangalore. She came from Manipur. There she lived an abusive home. Her siblings are still there. She is trying to make enough money to bring them over to Bangalore. She is hoping that sewing can be a way for her to do that.
I had a great time meeting these girls today!
Here are a few more shots…
Here are the two girls in front of the home.