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This is the story of Trinadh. 

Yanam Trinadh is youngest of Srinivasa Rao and Anjali’s two sons, from the small village of Gudipadu, outside of Ongole, India. Like over 70% of the Indian population, Trinadh’s family of six depends on the agriculture industry in order to make a living.

Trinadh heads off to school in the morning with a full tiffin of lunch. 

Financial Desperation

Srinivasa, Trinadh’s father, raises tobacco in fields that he leases from a landlord. Because land plots are expensive commodities, it is nearly impossible for him to buy his own, so Srinivasa uses loans to pay for the lease each month. Usually, this arrangement is not unlike taking out a business loan in the U.S., but in India, money lenders often charge very high interest rates and require lots of collateral.
 

Hard Decisions

A few years ago, Srinivasa’s harvest did not yield enough tobacco, and in order to meet the interest payments, the family was forced to mortgage their precious items, such as gold and family heirlooms. However, this was not enough to meet even interest payments, and expenses were doubling in size rapidly. This unfortunate reality caused Srinivasa to turn to alcoholism, in order to numb the burden of caring for a large family with such little money. Farmer suicide continues to be a common problem in the region of Andhra Pradesh, with more and more people feeling as though they cannot possibly shoulder the weight of their lives anymore.
 

A Pastor's Influence

During that time, a local pastor introduced Srinivasa to Christ, and invited him to be a part of their church community. His children made new friends in Sunday School, and soon Trinadh was admitted into the local Covenant Child Development Center. One day, Srinivas was listening to a sermon at home, when he heard the Lord speak to him and promise to fulfill his debts. The next day, the Indian federal government announced its decision to forgive farmer’s loans. Srinivasa rushed to the bank, where he was told his loan was cleared, and his family heirlooms were returned to him. That day, Srinivasa and Anjali told their church about the wonderful things God had done for them.

 

New Hope

Anjali said that had they not been introduced to their church, Trinadh and his brother would have been pulled out of school and essentially sold as bonded laborers, where they would work for an undetermined period of time for a one-time payment to the family. Trinadh was once a disrespectful student, who would fight with his classmates and behave badly for his teachers. Now, his behavior has completely changed. He’s now a good student, who strives to do his best and enjoys being with his classmates and friends at CCDC.
 
Srinivasa has now been able to buy new equipment for his tobacco business, which will bring even greater yields in the future. He is able to easily provide for monthly groceries and take care of his family. Life continues peacefully, by the grace of God. From all of us at CCDC, thank you for helping us work in God’s plan to change this family’s life for the better.

From us to you...

As always, CCDC thanks you for your generosity in prayer and in giving. Without you, there would be no CCDC and no way for children from broken families to receive an education. This truly is an endeavor we could not do alone. 

Thank you. 

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