Waste Picker Report and Appeal

Following is a first-hand report from Jonathan following his recent outreach the Waste Pickers in his city. Fifty people were provided nutritious meals.

Waste Picker-Solo

A solo Waste Picker

Waste picking life is lowest in the community. A large number of those in this occupation are women and children. Illiterate, unskilled persons, migrants, those lowest in the caste hierarchy and the poorest of the poor, predominantly work as waste pickers, as they are unable to find any other kind of employment. Currently, many of them collect waste from landfills dotting urban spaces.

Waste pickers are self-employed workers with no formal legal relationship with the municipality or the recyclable traders. There is a high prevalence of infectious disease among waste pickers due to their exposure to hazardous materials such as fecal matter, paper saturated by toxic materials, bottles and containers with chemical residues, contaminated needles, and heavy metals from batteries.  They also face regular harassment and extortion from both the police and the municipal authorities. No social security benefits

 

Garbage piker colony

A Waste Picker Community helped by Jonathan and team

Marikavalasa in Visakhapatnam city is one colony inhabited by about 20 waste-picker families. The residents of the colony work in the Kapuluppada dump yard under extremely poor conditions and are at constant risk from industrial and medical waste containing contaminated, infectious waste, toxic chemicals,

Marikavalasa in Visakhapatnam city is one colony inhabited by about 20 waste-picker families. The residents of the colony work in the Kapuluppada dump yard under extremely poor conditions and are at constant risk from industrial and medical waste containing contaminated, infectious waste, toxic chemicals, inflammables and sharp objects. Consequently, the rag-pickers here are frequent sufferers of injury, dermatological, respiratory and muscular problems. There are no sanitation measures or washing facilities in these places.

Waste Picker Children

Waste Picker children during Jonathan’s visit

LLCM team has visited this waste-pickers colony recently for distributing free food to them.  The team found 30 children living in the colony are in pathetic condition.  The children are one year to ten years of age, some were half naked and some even fully naked.   When the team observed the health condition of the children it was a bad situation.  All the children were suffering from anemia, ill health and injuries.  Parents have no money either to feed them with proper healthy and hygienic food or take them to the hospital to treat them.  The poor children who do not know anything about their health condition are innocently playing with dirty dolls and other items which were picked from the garbage tips.  The poverty of their parents  leaves them living in extremely unhealthy conditions.

Jonathan felt a great pity for the children and their helpless parents. The whole team prayed for them and returned. After reaching home, Jonathan could not sleep because the scene of the condition of the children kept coming before his eyes again and again.   He prayed to God that to inspire others to help these poor and helpless children.

The Spirit of God inspired Rev. Jonathan for a proposal: If we can provide just 30 children with one boiled egg and one glass (200 ml.) of boiled milk each child at least three times a week, they will be recovered and be healthy. To provide this per child coast Rs. 25/ half of a dollar or %0 pence in UK currency.

  • Cost involves for this proposal for a week:
  • 1 boiled egg = Rs.5/-
  • 1 glass(200 ml.) of boiled milk = Rs.15/-
  • Each child needs Rs.20/-
  • 30 children need Rs.600/- and Rs.150/- for transportation, total Rs.750/- for one day.
  • For 3 days a week total need of Rs.2250/- $ 35/-£20 for all 30 children
  • Your investment will give life to 30 children. The love of Jesus will penetrate into the hearts of a special community which is ignored and abandoned by the high cultured communities. Those who give for this cause will certainly be blessed by God.  May the Name of the Lord be glorified
  • If we provide three times a week per child, the cost is Rs. 75/ around one and a half Dollar. Thanks

Waste Picker Children with Jonathan

Jonathan with Waste Picker children

Over the past year, I have come to know Jonathan well. We are in contact by phone and other social media every day. I have gained an intimate insight into the life and work of Jonathan and his team. They work tirelessly for the poor both in the city and the remote villages where people face great hardship and deprivation. I am able to vouch for all the selfless work that he carries on in the execution of his Christian faith and deep compassion for his people.

If you could spare the cost of a cup of coffee just 1 to 3 days a week, leave a comment in the box and I will give you details of where you can deposit funds. 100% of all donations given will go to India and the work I have outlined here. I will pay all fees for transfer of funds to India. Light of Life Compassion Ministries is a charity registered in India.

Thank you for reading this latest report by Jonathan.

 

 

 

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FRAGRANT CUMIN

FRAGRANT CUMIN

India…land of delectable spices.

Enchanted Forests

The air was heady with the Fragrance of an Aromatic Spice which is used across most cuisines in the Indian Sub Continent.

Native to India , the use of which goes back to Ancient India , Cumin ( English), Zeera ( Hindi) , Cuminum cyminum ( Scientific name) is a Herbal Plant related to Parsley.

I was fortunate to photograph a handful of Plants which had been missed by the harvesters as they were hidden within a field of  Isabgol plants ( pls see the blog titled ISABGOL) .

cumin plant Cumin Plant

Raipur is a small village near Ajmer, Rajasthan where I was fortunate to see Zeerabeing harvested and processed.

The Cumin Seeds, still attached to the stems  are being Sun Dried.

seeds Cumin Seeds being Sun dried

The shadow on this mountain of aromatic  Zeera seeds is of my finger on the Camera Button.

Zeera

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Introducing Pastor K. Timothy

Pastor Timothy

I am Timothy born and brought up in a Hindu family at Chinateenarla .we are six children to my parents and I am  the fourth son to my parents. We all are fisher people. I am married and I have two children. I was divot of household Goddesses.

 Conversion:  in my village there was a blind pastor who used to come to our house and slowly my sister believed in Christ. I use to listening from the pastor and moreover through my sister’s prayers I come to Christ. Once I come to know that I am sinner, then I ask forgiveness from the Lord and took baptism. I attend church regularly and I participate in every meeting. As I was growing in the Lord I started business and it was good, as my family was also growing in the Lord.

Call for ministry: one day I attended one meeting and God spoke to me directly through a prophet. There I dedicated myself to the Lord’s ministry but when I come to my home I neglected to go to ministry.  I was not having peace in my life . Once again I attended to one meeting again God spoke to me through a pastor. Then I remembered my call and I served three year with one pastor as assistant but later God spoke to me to go Bible College, I went there and studied. During this time, my wife and children were not having food because of financial struggles but I did not leave My Bible College. I understood that one who called me He is faithful to me and my family.

Ministry:  By the grace of God I entered in ministry in year of 2005. Now I am doing ministry in three villages. In those villages there were no single believers but now by the grace of God people are coming to the church. Right know I don’t have any church building to worship the Lord in, so pray for me.  Those villages are very strict in their religions. So, please pray for ministry and by the grace of God along with Pastor Jonathan as a team we are working in God’s field.  Around 40 people are there but less people come every Sunday because they use to go other places to survival.

India’s Children and Malaria

Malaria_images

Malaria kills about one child every minute in the sub-tropics. India is no exception. Children, as well as adults, are affected, resulting in 1 million deaths each year. Just a couple of months ago I was able to team up with Jonathan and his co-workers, to provide mosquito nets for an entire village, thus giving them protection and a greater level of assurance for their health and well-being. This vital work that is carried out by the team is one of their primary mission objectives and is followed up by the Christian story.

Mosquito net_Mother and Ch‎ild