"...and the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people."
Facts and problems to solve
Any country’s most precious resource is its children. After all, they are the future of the country. Today’s children are tomorrow’s innovators, leaders, and scholars. In a country as large as India, there are a wealth of possibilities for the next generation.
Unfortunately, many of the opportunities for children are unevenly distributed. The increasing economic inequality is adding to various other forms of stratification in India (e.g., caste, religion, region, and gender). In particular, the rural and non-Hindu populations are suffering. Some areas are living in extreme and self-perpetuating poverty.
The Adonai Charitable Community Education Service Society (ACCESS) is working to improve the lives of some of these disadvantaged groups. ACCESS is particularly focused on helping people learn to become self-sufficient and improve their own lives moving forward.
ACCESS is focusing its resources on rural India. There is a severe shortage of infrastructure there, resulting in limited access to electricity and poor or non-existent road maintenance. Without the infrastructure, the people suffer a lack of educational and medical resources.
ACCESS is a Christian non-government organization (NGO). We believe that Christianity is the path to God. We are spreading the Christian doctrine of loving your neighbour as yourself.
We believe that one of the best ways to spread our philosophy is to teach children the basic tenets of Christian love and philosophy. As a result, we have created Project Samuel for the youngest members of the community.
The goal of Project Samuel is to nurture children, teaching them that they are loved. Jesus loves everyone regardless of their social status, economic status, or any other condition. Once the children understand what Christianity is about, we teach them to follow the Lord’s path.
Project Samuel is being implemented in some of the poorest schools in India. Usually, these schools are in the most remote and neglected parts of the country. Often, we are teaching tribal and lower caste or Dalit children. These children have not experienced the benefits of the vast improvements in the Indian educational system over the past few generations.
We work with the children in a variety of ways. We have camps where volunteers teach about Christianity. At these camps we also train the children in various crafts that may be used to earn money for themselves and their families, improving their living conditions.
Perhaps the most important thing we offer children is online (or digital) Sunday school. By teaching the children about Christian values and living a Christian life on a weekly basis, they will begin to understand the things that Jesus has to offer them. They will learn to live better lives through loving and helping others.