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Delhi Women’s Helpine

by Christine Burkett

As you know the Mission Group recently made the decision to support the Delhi Women’s Helpline, through USPG’s Partners in Mission scheme. This is one of several projects which USPG supports in conjunction with the Church of North India (CNI). The project supports women who are subject to domestic abuse, and tries to resolve issues locally as most people cannot afford to go to the courts for help.

As part of the Partners in Mission Scheme, we receive a regular update on the work of the Helpline, and the latest of these has arrived during lockdown. In the last six months they have been working on developing their support groups for younger women, and for adolescent girls. They have also been working with men to tackle the mindsets that lead to the abuse of women. As part of their work they also promote the importance of education, and this has led to 186 children being enrolled into mainstream schools. Overall the project has helped 1,665 directly and 3,280 people indirectly.

You will have seen on the news that India has a high number of cases of coronavirus, and CNI have also been working to support migrant workers who have lost their jobs, providing food parcels for their families. The report ends with requests from CNI for prayer – for an end to the spread of the virus in India and across the world, for protection and provision for the migrant workers stuck in the cities, and for the safety of the CNI teams who are working with them. They also ask us to praise God for the work of CNI in responding to the crisis.

If you would like a copy of the Partners in Mission report from the CNI, please let me know.