Photo Friday: You Can Fix This

Marakathavalli and Sankar
Marakathavalli and Sankar

This is the first time I've used a picture for Photo Friday that was not my own, this is an image from the village we've been fund-raising for this year.

Marakathavalli and Sankar live in a mud hut in Karunganni, India. Can you imagine raising a child in these conditions. Can you imagine what it would take just to keep him clean, healthy and fed, let alone to give him what he needs in order to have a successful future?

This mom was born into a legal and cultural system that didn't allow her family to own land or build a house. The laws have changed, but in such complete poverty it's difficult to change the realities of everyday life. We have a chance to give this family (and the 24 other families who live in Karunganni) a jump start by buying the materials and training they will need to build themselves a clean, safe, sturdy home.

Guess What? You can help! Your $10 donation helps this family and enters you to win a fabulous prize. Take a moment to check out the full prize list!

Related Links:
Passports With Purpose

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      1. Sarah V. on December 2, 2010 at 9:53 p.m.

        It is difficult to imagine trying to raise a child in those conditions. This photo really puts life into perspective. Those of us sitting here leisurely reading blog posts are extremely fortunate.

        Thanks for sharing this and for hosting Photo Friday each week.

      2. Lisa on December 3, 2010 at 12:40 a.m.

        Wow...the picture of a pretty beach I was going to link just doesn't seem to go with your picture. Think I'll skip the link-up this week and instead just check out Passports with Purpose and see how I can help. Thank you for helping to coordinate this fundraising effort.

      3. wandering educators on December 3, 2010 at 7:25 a.m.

        what an extraordinary project passports with purpose is. i am so happy to be participating - and thanks for sharing this - i'll redouble our efforts!

      4. jackie on December 3, 2010 at 9:17 a.m.

        A truly moving post, Debbie. One of the things I really love about this time of year is how often we are given the opportunity to take stock. And sometimes it's really painful! But it feels good to get involved. Thanks for being an important part of that!

      5. Debbie on December 3, 2010 at 10:48 a.m.

        Thank you everyone for your support. I love the way everyone comes together around this effort once a year!

      6. Jason on December 6, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.

        Thanks for highlighting the Passports With a Purpose's a good one.