There are an estimated 31 million orphaned children in India, facing poverty, prostitution, natural disasters, slavery and more. These children live day-to-day, seemingly unnoticed within a nation so populous. While there are many hundreds of orphanages and organizations actively working to help these children, there simply aren’t enough of them. Agapé Children’s Connection was founded with the sole purpose of provide aid for these children.
Created in June 2011, Agapé is making a difference in the lives of India’s orphans in a time when it’s desperately needed. Through our fundraising activities and by offering sponsorship opportunities to both individuals as well as business entities, we are able to provide the basic necessities such as food, water and shelter to the children living throughout the Emmanuel Orphanages in India. We also continue to invest in the future of these children by providing school uniforms and supplies as well as helping to send as many children, as possible, to school.
Today Agapé sponsors over 155 children, connecting families in this country to these less fortunate, orphans in India. Agapé strives to give these children a connection and the belonging that can only come from being within a family.
MEET OUR TEAM
Debby Pastrana Williams
Debby was born and lived most of her life in Maryland. From being a long time flight attendant to most recently working in the operating room as a surgical technologist for the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, she has also earned her private pilot license in 2004. Debby has traveled on multiple mission trips to South America and India since 2002. Blessed with a wonderful family of her own, God willing, Debby is passionately committed to helping as many children in Southern India as humanly possible. The Agape’ foundation was started in memory of her father, Ray Huff, who was an orphan himself.
Kim has a passion for people. Having established a successful Family Law Practice in Annapolis, Maryland, her gift in this field is evident. Kim continues to donate both her time and effort into improving the reach and effectiveness of the Agapé organization.
Dave Huff (no relation to Debby or Ray)
Dave was on our first group mission trip to India, as well as returning on the most recent trip. He was on a recent trip to Peru with the purpose of making wheelchairs for the homebound. Dave’s continued passion for the children and strong faith, has given him the desire to continue to make a difference in the lives of these children as well as the Agape’ foundation.
Aditya Chopra M.D.
Born and raised in Northern India, Dr. Chopra brings with him a tremendous amount of insight on the attitude and mindset of the Indian culture.
Grace is the daughter of Pastor Varghese Thudian who started Emmanuel Orphanage in which Agape’ helps to support. She is in her last semester at Liberty University majoring in Information Systems in Lynchburg, VA while then will continue on a scholarship for her Masters in Project Management. Grace updates and maintains the Agape’ website.
David has been on multiple trips to India – they call him “dad, papa, father”. His passion for the children overflows into his daily life with his own family here in the States. David keeps the sponsor / child roster updated as it tends to change often.