Coronavirus Plague Orphaning Thousands of Children in India

Photo courtesy of Mission India

In India, COVID-19 and its variants are creating another tragedy: Orphans. Approximately 30,000 Indian children have been orphaned or lost a parent due to COVID-19.

At one point, India was seeing 40,000 new COVID-19 cases a day. The second wave that began in March claimed many lives in a country where social distancing is often difficult. Over 436,000 COVID-19 victims in India have died. And analysts even say these numbers are likely vastly undercounted due to lack of resources.

Erik Morsehead with Mission India says, “With the amount of spread and all of that, we saw an extreme amount of people passing away and perishing from the COVID Delta variant. So what happened was lot of children lost their parents and caregivers.

“So not only are children trying to stay healthy during that spread and now, but now they lost their way to have income because their parents can’t bring money in. They lost their parental leadership. And they lost that love and that support they had.”

The most heartbreaking question for these kids is, “What now?”

Morsehead says, “We have a children’s rights group. They said they are getting 70 calls a day for help for children whose parents have died or are hospitalized with COVID-19.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for orphaned kids in India to know they are not alone in Christ.
  • Ask God to comfort kids who have lost a parent or loved one to COVID-19.
  • Pray for wisdom for political leaders and church leaders in India navigating COVID-19.
  • Pray for encouragement for the Children’s Bible Club leaders with Mission India.