We provide a loving, family environment for children who have been orphaned or abandoned in the area around our two orphanages. They are housed in one of two homes where they enjoy being part of a small, Christian family but are also part of a larger local Christian group that acts as an extended family. Where appropriate, the children also have regular access to their natural extended families.
The first Orphanage, in a small village in Andhra Pradesh, was built in 2004 to cater for up to 12 children. This was for both boys and girls but, after some problems with the girls’ safety in that village, it was decided to keep the original building for boys and to open a new facility in the Agape complex north-west of Hyderabad for girls.
The boys are looked after by a married couple, who previously attended our Bible College, and whose own two boys make up part of the larger family. They look after all aspects of the children’s care in a delightful compound including a play area, garden and church. The girls enjoy being part of the Agape complex with a specific ‘mother’, but also other widows/single parents to act as their extended family.
The boys attend a local village for the normal curriculum subjects but also enjoy regular bible readings and stories, games and group activities at home.The girls attend Agape School which is in the same complex so have varied facilities available to them after school time.
As the children grow into adulthood it is anticipated that they either return to their wider family or are placed with a local Christian family, depending on what is thought to be best for their ongoing care and education. Further/ higher education is funded if it is thought to be beneficial – for example one is studying for an engineering degree and two are training as teaching assistants (one of whom is hoping to gain a B.Ed). In the future the charity will help with arrangements when the orphans have reached adulthood if they wish to marry.