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Houston nurse, others rescuing India's forgotten

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

A group of Texans are rescuing children a world away.

It all started with one teenager refusing to break her promise.  If you've ever doubted just how much power one person can have, maybe you haven't met Molly Philip.

Think about the poorest community here in the US and multiply that by any number you could think of.  Those are the children Phillip left behind in India, but she didn't leave them for long.
                      
"Basically my teenage time, I was every day and night, I was crying, crying.  I could not stop crying," she said.

To say kids in her hometown in Kerala, India are living in extreme poverty is an understatement.  Her family of farmers helped her go to nursing school and at 19 years old, she made this promise.

"I was praying to God if I get some money, I'll take care of 10 kids.  That was my dream: 10 kids," she said.

In her 20s, she moved to Houston and has been a registered nurse ever since, but she never forgot her promise or the kids in desperate need in India.  She has been able to convince many Houstonians to take a trip to India with her and help the kids in need.

"I have never seen anything like it in my life," Fort Bend County photographer Alisa Murray said.

Murray recently returned from India with Phillip and her Christian organization, "Hope Endowment".  Murray said she is now dedicated to doing something about the horribly abused and neglected children there.

"There's children that are starving in the street, that are in prostitution at age six.  I mean there would be a blue tarp on the road.  Literally, like you would have on a roof, and you would see all these baby's feet in there lined up like sardines, sleeping.  They would be laying in mud, by camels, horses, cars and you'd see baby's feet," Murray said.

"To see an eight-year-old with a four-year-old child just naked, begging for food on the side of the street was just devastating, and then I'd see children fighting with dogs to get food, whatever scraps were left behind," Houston Ob/Gyn Niraj Patel M.D. said.

Patel met Molly by chance and he too remembered a childhood promise he made when visiting relatives in India when he was a boy.

"I saw a lot of orphans and I saw all the grief and pain they went through and I promised myself.  Just like Molly, I made a promise to God that when I could and would, I would help those orphans back in India," he said.

He found out Molly has already opened three orphanages in India.  Molly is now caring for the 10 kids she dreamed of helping, plus about 200 more.

"These children would probably be in the streets, abused.  One of the orphans we took in actually had a fractured pelvis from being in a brothel.  They abused her so bad they broke her pelvis.  She's just a child, just 11 years old," Patel said.

Hope Endowment recently rescued a two-year-old found on the road, eating dirt.  In addition to giving the kids education, food and a future, the photographer also left the kids with something else they'd never had: a picture of themselves.

"I was like, what gift could I give them that would be with them forever," Murray said.

Patel is now helping Molly and her organization build another facility where 100 additional kids in India will be cared for.

ONLINE:

www.hopeendowment.org

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