The Foundation for Children in Need is a nonprofit organization based in Arlington Heights. On Friday June 27, over 200 supporters gathered to celebrate the foundation's 12th anniversary at St. James Parish. Honored guests included Edwin Rondan, director, and Christina Aranda, mission appeal coordinator, from the Office for Mission Education and Animation for the Archdiocese of Chicago, who encouraged everyone to sponsor a child.
Fr. Matt Foley, pastor of St. James Parish, home of FCN said that the gift of education is important to build a nation and admired the work of FCN.
Srinivas Pedamallu, president of Telugu Association of Greater Chicago said that Dr. Geetha Yeruva and Tom Chitta have dedicated their lives to reach out to the poor.
Begun by Yeruva and Chitta to serve the poor in southern India, FCN provides basic needs, education and health care to over 2,200 students through a sponsorship program. In addition, FCN provides a loving home and medical care for elderly individuals. Yeruva ventures into remote villages to provide compassionate medical care for those without access to clinics or hospitals.
The tireless efforts of the foundation flow into many areas of the communities they serve. This year, over 3,000 students were delighted to receive their own dictionaries and notebooks. An equal number of underserved individuals were recipients of new clothing. Many village schools were gifted new school supplies and library books.
At the heart of the foundation's mission is education. Funding an individual's education through the sponsorship program changes the trajectory of an individual's life as do the health education classes that Yeruva conducts for young women. Additionally, the foundation provides training in tailoring and embroidery for 20 young women in its tailoring center. Each young woman in this program receives her own sewing machine to practice her trade when she completes her training.
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