By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – You have the power to give disadvantaged youth in Sri Lanka a fresh start.
A local fundraising initiative in its fourth year is reaching out across the world. Rachel's Kids Foster Program has helped 195 children in Sri Lanka to get a better life through education.
Currently, there are 20 kids who need foster parents.
"These children live in extreme poverty. To me a way out of poverty is education," said charity founder Dr. Rachel Navaneelan. "Our goal is to help children in need. No matter colour, race - it's all focused on children."
For an annual donation of $75, foster children receive school supplies and after-school tutoring. $55 goes directly to the foster child's education. The remaining $20 is deposited into a savings account to help finance college or university.
"Every penny of your $75 is going to each kid that you choose to foster," said Navaneelan. "Your donation helps children to stay in school. There is an extremely high rate of dropout because they're sent to work."
When Rachel's Kids started, typically students dropped out around grade four, and now they're staying until grade eight.
To become a foster parent for Rachel's Kids, visit www.rachelskids.com.
Rachel's Kids will be making an announcement about their foster program on Mon. at 1:15 p.m. at 820 McConnell Ave.