Hope for India Reaching those effected by AIDS in Tenali, AP


About India

India is the 2nd most populated country in the entire world with a population of 1,148,000,000!  [1]

Although a rich country in many respects, India still suffers widely from high poverty levels, malnutrition, illiteracy and corruption. India has over 1 billion people; of this number, it’s estimated that around 2.3 million people are now living with HIV AIDS. [2-6]

 Religion has always been an important part of the India’s culture. The vast majority of Indians associate themselves with at least one religion. Indian census has established that Hinduism accounts for 80% of the population of India. The second largest religion is Islam, at about 13% of the population. About 2% of Indians consider themselves Christians. [7]

In 2007, there were 25 million orphans in India, according to UNICEF. [8] UNICEF believes that the number of orphans will continue to rise globally due to HIV/AIDS. [9]

“Pure and undefiled religion before God is this – to visit orphans and widows in their affliction
and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”


Hope for India Project

The Hope for India Project supports a children’s home of disabled, vulnerable & orphaned children in Tenali, AP, India. These children are all enrolled in our child sponsorship program, which provides for their educational and basic needs. You can sponsor a child here.

In slum areas surrounding Tenali, we come together to do outdoor, mobile schools in areas without access to formal schools and education outside of these outreaches. Prior to serving, volunteers receive cultural training and are trained in the curriculum, which was developed to use simple, found objects as teaching materials. It is not meant to replace school, but it does provide foundational basics needed in areas without current access to formal education. To serve, apply online here or download general application – India

Workers have planted 7 churches of Hindu-converts to Christianity in and around Tenali city. Pray for these churches to continue to grow! About 90% of their evangelistic work is done throughout the Hindu and tribal peoples in rural and urban slum areas.

If you have AIDS in India, you can not receive treatment in hospitals.  So, workers run medical camps for people with HIV/AIDS to minister to the bodily needs of people suffering with HIV/AIDS and minister to their spiritual needs as well.

Workers also have a ministry of visitation and provision for widows that have lost their spouses to AIDS. Widows also come to the children’s home to learn basic sewing skills as means of supporting their families and helping bolster their economic empowerment.

Child Sponsorship

You can sponsor a child in our program for $25 a month.

To see the faces and read the stories of the children this program helps, please click here!



Mobile Schools in Slum Areas

In 2015, we had a vision to move beyond child school sponsorship for children in the city to additionally bring education to slum areas without school access. Serve with us alongside local leaders to teach math, science, literacy & bible outdoors in slum areas. Apply here!

NOTICE – In an effort to slow or mitigate the spread of COVID-19, CoLaborers International will not be sending teachers and volunteers to India summer 2020 for the mobile schools. You are welcome to advance apply for next year.  We will still be supporting the educational needs of children in the slum areas by supporting the local Indian teachers and volunteers already leading this educational outreach.


 Purchased computer equipment for Hope for India.

All children in current child sponsorship program have been completely sponsored!

Launched open-air mobile schools in slum areas in India in July- This trip had American and Indian education volunteers providing interactive math, literacy and bible lessons to children in the slum areas surrounding Tenali, AP India. The education leader for the american elementary education students was Sarah Pinard who has her MA in education. The elementary education volunteers under her were Carly and Nicole. The education leader for the Indian volunteers was Karuna Annavarapu who has her BA in education. The volunteers under her were Raju, Kiran, Mariyamma and Moshey.

 Continued general financial support and child sponsorship and preparation for mobile slum school launch.

CoLaborers International’s Board of Directors traveled to India to visit, do needs assessments and look at project development. Continued general financial support and child sponsorship
Continued general financial support, child sponsorship and purchase of illustrated bibles for all children in the program
Child Sponsorship Program launched. To sponsor a child, click here! 
Provided water filter for orphanage and outreaches, provided 100 Telegu bibles for church plants, pastoral training materials for 7 church plants in Telegu  (220 books total),  child sponsorship program in progress
Provided medicines for AIDS outreaches, children’s home grew.

Student event showcasing diversity of student talent provided funds for HIV/AIDS medical camps:

Purchased motorbike for leaders to travel between church plants & school fees for children helped through the children’s home.
Partnership began, monsoon aide given


How Can I Help?

Serve in mobile schools in India’s slums!  Apply online here or download general application – India

Remember project leaders in your daily prayers. This is a life changing effort that can be heavily persecuted. To sign up for prayer updates –  click here!

We connect your talent to fill a need overseas.

1) Intern  or Volunteer – click here!
2) Plan an event to meet a specific need – click here!
3) Serve in mobile schools in India’s slums!  Apply online here or download general application – India
4) Church Partner – click here!
5) Sponsor a child – click here!



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