Slumdog brings rush to sponsor a child in India

By staff writers
March 8, 2009

Charity ActionAid has reported a surge in people wanting to sponsor a child in India.

Enquiries about sponsoring a child in India have surged since Oscar triumph of "Slumdog Millionaire", says the charity.

Action Aid said it is having to rush the contact details of scores of Indian children to its offices in Britain.

It normally fields around 500 enquiries a week for child sponsorship, including those who wish to sponsor a child in India. But the number of child sponsorship enquiries has soared to 1,400 after Slumdog Millionaire" won its recent awards.

"We're calling it the 'Slumdog' effect," said fundraising director Richard Turner. "We haven't seen such a high level of interest in one country for a long time."

"Slumdog Millionaire" won eight Oscars including the best picture academy award.

It tells the story of children in Mumbai, India. Action Aid runs a programme where you can sponsor a child in India.

"Child sponsorship has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and is one of the most rewarding ways of giving," said Turner.

"Sponsors' money helps towards securing a decent education, better health care and economic security for children and the communities in which they live."

You can sponsor a child in India through Action Aid here

You may also like to browse the following popular child sponsorship sites:

Sponsor a child with World Vision

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