Children helped raised more than $1,400 for the construction of a school in India during Village Church’s second annual summer camp at Rosemary Heights Elementary this month.
The Superhero Academy-themed camp challenged its 150 young attendees – who were divided into two teams – to out-donate each other.
The total amount of coins they collected throughout the week will benefit the Dalit people of India, around 250 million men, women and children who comprise the most widely oppressed caste for more than 3,000 years.
Village Church – which meets weekly at Rosemary Heights Elementary – has joined parent church South Delta Baptist in a commitment to raise $120,000 to purchase land in the Indian province of Uttar Pradesh and build a seven-classroom school.
More than $100,000 has already been raised, and the churches have jointly pledged sponsorship for each new class of students.
“One of our commitments as a church is to compassionately reach out to our culture,” Village Church pastor Mark Clark said in a release. “Right now, we’re doing that globally through our Uttar Pradesh Building for Freedom campaign, and we want to give the kids at summer camp the opportunity to reach out and help kids just like them living in a serious situation.”