Out of desperation, a mother in Central India placed her newborn son with his umbilical cord still attached, in a plastic bag, and left him by the side of a village trail. No one knows how long the baby squirmed and cried within this plastic womb before a villager, surprised by the movement and crinkling, gingerly opened it to find, the now, barely alive baby boy.
With little hope for survival, the baby was picked up by the villager, rushed to Central India Christian Mission’s Damoh campus and later taken to their mission hospital.
“By God’s grace, he began to improve! He began to gain weight and fully recovered,” said Lashi Lall Howard, director of Bal Bhavan Children’s Home. “Rohit is now six years old and is an incredibly smart, healthy boy. We praise God for bringing Rohit to us and for saving his life. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do through him!”
Bal Bhavan, started in 2005 with 32 children, is now home to more than 100 children. “We’ve found babies in the trash dumps. We’ve found babies in the train toilets, on the train tracks. We’ve found babies at our doorsteps. People leave babies at the hospital sometimes. In Hindi, the word orphan means ‘a godless child.’ So we call this place a children’s home. Bal Bhavan (the name of the home) literally means ‘children’s palace.’ We want them to be able to call this place their own home.”
CALL TO ACTION; If you’d like to be a part of helping Rohit and other children get the help they need contact Central India Christian Mission.
All photographs ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman
(Nikon D4, 24mm f1.4, 1/2000 sec, f2.8, ISO 400)
(Nikon D4, 50mm f1.4, 1/40 sec, f5, ISO 3200)