Worshippers Help Children off Street

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Byline: By EMMA RACE emma.race@mrn.co.uk

CHURCHGOERS in Coventry are helping to give street children in India a future by sponsoring their education.

Worshippers at St Anne's RC Church in Dunsmore Avenue, Willenhall, Coventry, have sponsored 35 children who were involved in child labour in southern India.

The sponsorship means the children - some as young as five - can get out of employment and begin to learn reading, writing and maths.

Cash from the sponsorship scheme will also go towards building a shelter for the children so they have a safe place, to learn and to play.

St Anne's parish priest, Fr Dominic Chukka, comes from near the area where the hostel will be built.

Frank and Irene Ennis, who attend the church but run the Open Arms pub in Daventry Road, Cheylesmore, encouraged their regulars to get behind the scheme to raise pounds 1,700 for the children.

Landlady Irene, aged 41, said: "We have a little boy who is eight today and it's hard to imagine any child of his age being involved in hard labour.

"Charlie can't even pick his clothes up off the floor and we've heard about children as young as five doing back-breaking agricultural work. …