india-orphanSwathi when we found her living on the streets and Swathi today, a healthy, happy and a bright student in the fourth grade. This is the kind of change you can make in a child’s life.
Wilmington is the hub for an exciting, global bowling event that will build an orphanage in India in just 72 hours. It is called “Bowling for Hope” and takes place at Cardinal Lanes on Shipyard Boulevard on two weekends, June 25-26 and July 30-31.
“And what is more perfect for a summer family outing than to have fun, meanwhile building an orphanage and school in India, helping poor children on to a better life,” says Paul Wilkes, the executive director of Homes of Hope India-US, the well-known Wilmington charity. Homes of Hope has already built two orphanages in India for abandoned, neglected and abused girls, besides providing scholarships, medicines, water systems, computers, books and dozens of volunteers from Wilmington. See www.homesofhopeindia.org for more information.
“Parents are constantly looking for ways to teach their children to reach out to others,” Wilkes says. “With ‘Bowling for Hope’ each family member gets pledges for how many pins they knock down. People can pledge from five cents to a dollar per pin. So it’s not the person who bowls the highest score, but how much each pin is worth. A family can have some friendly competition to see who can raise the most for the poor children of India.”
“Or, your children could round up their friends, or use Bowling for Hope as a special event party, like a birthday,” he added. “Good bowler or not-so-bowler; it doesn’t matter. What matters is how many backers a person has.”
Children in other parts of the world will be participating as well. For instance, the Walsh family in Bangalore, India will be Bowling for Hope.
“At Homes of Hope, we believe in miracles and we’re determined to build this orphanage and we’re going to do it in just 72 hours,” says Wilkes. “And the person who raises the most money for the project wins a round-trip ticket to India and an opportunity to actually live and work in one of the Homes of Hope orphanages.”
Each family that registers also will be treated to a Skype call to India, where family members can actually speak to the orphan girls.
For more information about how you can get involved, call or email Paul Wilkes 815-0695 firstname.lastname@example.org.