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Service Gives a Time to Grow 

Simple things that we may take for granted such as safety, security and love are now experienced for the first time by many residents of the Shalam Global Foundation Center for battered women as they receive selfless service. This center, which can house as many as thirty women plus children on any given day, is an oasis of respect, self-confidence, good values and empowerment that can change their lives for the better. 

New Hope
For them, it is a time for growth rather than intimidation, a time to stand tall rather than be diminished. Through the donations of The Indian Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sewing machines and laptop computers are now provided to allow the women to learn income producing skills.Capacity of the center was increased with the addition of new bunk beds, a washing machine, clean water filters and an extended supply of food. An atmosphere of cheerfulness now prevails as the brightly painted walls lifts the spirit on even the gloomiest of days.

But it is not just the women who stay at this center whose lives have been enriched.  Members of the Ramamurthy Nagar Branch of The Indian Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently donated over 250 volunteer hours in cleaning, repairing, painting and providing a beautiful face lift on the facility. Elder and Sister Smith, full time church volunteers from Canada, remarked at the celebration ceremony that everyone who helped felt inspired by the courage and strength of these remarkable women.

The one hundred women who pass through this facility every month leave with restored dignity and value to their lives. They have learned that they are loved by others who truly care about them and who may have gone through the same difficult circumstances. It is not a place of sadness but rather, a place of joy and hope with children laughing and playing. New lives and bright futures begin here and for anyone whose life is touched by this wonderful center, there is great reason to rejoice. Rejoice in the growth that is sure to come.

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