Bright Futures Child Aid and Development Fund, Australia

Bright Futures

India

In India, Bright Futures partners with the Bangalore City Mission (BCM).  Based in Bangalore, this vital ministry was founded in 1989 and brings help and hope to impoverished children, families and communities in more than a dozen quarry villages and city slums.  BCM operates a school with more than 600 students and is involved in initiating and managing a wide range of development projects including vocational training, medical clinics, water projects, self help groups and more recently its own farm concentrating on dairy and raising and selling chickens.

On a recent trip to India, Development Program Manager David Woodroofe, visited the local quarries and met people first had who had been affected by the work of Bangalore City Mission. Their stories were very encouraging, and the people could see some “light at the end of the tunnel” as far as work, education, self help and development was concerned. There is still much room for growth, particularly in the medical care, access to education, and income generation, but Bangalore City Mission works closely with the community, and gets them involved every step of the way. A great project!

Read about the transformation taking place through self-help groups, micro loans and vocational training through Bright Futures.

The Bangalore City Mission venture into farming: cows and chickens!!

A farm where locals can have their cows milked, and contribute to the infrastructure of the local community has been developed by Bangalore City Mission. Chickens are being raised and sold through a contract to bring in regular income, and the local community is really excited about the possibilities with this new venture. When Development Program Manager David Woodroofe visited the site in February 2013, it was nearing completion. They even had ceiling fans for the milking shed…..and the chicken shed were all being constructed using local wood, bricks and materials, with a local community worker supervising the construction. An exciting venture!