Food, Shelter and School for Orphans in India

 
$53,775
$31,225
Raised
Remaining
Jan 31, 2010

New Year - New Boys

First of all, we would like to wish all of our donors a Happy and Blessed New Year'10 greetings from the heart of HEARTS.

We have been running the "little HEARTS orphanage" successfuly since February 2005.

Children are growing faster at LH! 5 years ago children who were in 5th class now 10th class and after annual examinations, 2 boys will go to college studies which are expensive.

One of our boys, Ramu who is studying 9th class won the first prize and a Memento among 800 children at District level Chess Competetion who works in local salon for holidays and earns money for his younger sister who is staying at Government's Girls Hostel.

Special Collector, one of government higher officers and his Doctor wife visited LH and presented a bicycle for older boys. Steven (Manager) taking care for all children and paying more attention on studies because annual examinations begins in the months of March for 10th class and April for 1st to 9th class children. 2 Tutors regulary attending for tution every evening from 5:30PM to 7:30PM to teach all subjects.

NEWS: A few days ago 13 years old new boy joined with Little Hearts who left home 2 months ago whose mother died and father got remarried. His name is Munindhra and has been working as a child labourer. This boy Munindhra wants to attend school and be admitted into LH. I am happily agreed and invited Munindra to join with LH. Now he is very happy and excited to join with our children.

This after noon I have received a phone call from a Medical Shop owner about a 4 years old boy who was at the Medical shop and missed from his parents. The Medical Shop owner Mr.Suresh requested us to take the 4 years old boy to Little Hearts. Soon after his call, immediately I called my brother to rescue the boy.

Dec 4, 2009

Little Hearts is growing!

All the children at little hearts are doing very fine and studying well. Because of Swine Flu, our state government has announced holidays for all private and government schools. Most of the children left to their villages to celebrate "Dasara Festival" in these holidays. At present we have been accommodating and feeding 41 children, 4 full time staff. 2 part time staff are tutors and they come regularly every evening from 5:30PM to 7:30 PM to teach all subjects. Now little hearts is packed with 41 children and 4 full time staff and we need at least one more big room on the top of first floor which costs about 3 to 4 lakh Indian Rupees. We are spending nearly 37 to 40 thousand rupees for little hearts each month and 3 more months money left in the Bank.

May 1, 2009

News

The children are doing very well and feeding them with nutritious food, providing medical care, in a single word "everthing" what children need and expect from us. The food and accommodation which is mixed with LOVE.

At present we have been feeding 38 children. Among them most of the children are HIV/AIDS full orphans and some of them are abandoned.

Feeding them with nutritious food like Milk, Egg, Fruits, Snacks and once in a week Chicken or Fish. To wash clothes of little ones we have engaged one woman, to teach all subjects engaged 2 tutors in addition to government school and to take care of maintenance recently we have appointed another male figure who is 28 years old and also full orphan. He is staying with the children at little hearts.

In February, Chandra Reddy Degree College final year students presented little hearts Refrigerator worth of 10,000 but that's not sufficient to keep things. So from our fund we have added another 5000 rupees and bought 15000 rupees worth double door refrigerator. From this academic year which begins on 12th June, we are planning to provide them with very good education. To suceed in our lives on this planet, we need to have EDUCATION. Many thanks to al our donors!

Feb 5, 2009

Visitor postcard: The Definition of Love

Shelley Seale visiting the orphanage
Shelley Seale visiting the orphanage

Recently, Shelley Seale visited “Food, Shelter and School for AIDS Orphans in India.” Of her visit, she wrote:

How do you explain love? How do you begin to describe and comprehend the forces of compassion, faith and dedication that can so define a person that he will spend the hours of his life loving those whom no else stops to notice? Those whom he has no obligation to care about, no reason to work for, and no reward other than the knowledge that he is making some small dent in the endless tide of need.

The best you can hope to do is to stand outside a small, nondescript building on a dusty street in the middle of India, and watch two dozen once-homeless children rush out to greet the man who didn’t allow them to fall through the crack. Here in the state of Andhra Pradesh, where 30% of adults have HIV/AIDS, C.P. Kumar and his family took in 26 abandoned children. The epidemic has created a secondary human rights crisis – the orphaning of children on a massive scale.

These are the silent disasters. For the past fifteen years C.P. has cared for these children left behind in the wake of the AIDS epidemic. C.P. Kumar works as a clerk in the government during the day, but spends most of his evenings with the children.

For hours we played games and sang songs. Eager students brought me their schoolwork and stood by, nervously and proudly, as I pored over it. Most of the children were very young, ranging from four to ten years old, with only a couple of twelve or fourteen. The oldest was an eighth-grade girl called Sutrasini. When she wasn’t playing chess she followed me quietly, watching with the interest an almost-adult exhibits in the actions of a grown-up.

Sutrasini and the others attended school right down the street, and C.P. and his wife Mamatha - along with their own two sons, Prince and Boon - provided a loving surrogate family. Little Hearts was truly a place for children who had nowhere else to go. Often a teacher or other local official would bring a child to Little Hearts; in other cases C.P. heard of situations in the local community and offered to take in the orphans.

Every day C.P. poured through local newspapers for stories of orphaned or abandoned children. Sadly, they appeared all too frequently, each more heartbreaking than the last. One article appeared under the headline “How Long This Darkness?” Three brothers had recently lost their parents to AIDS and had only an elderly grandfather left to support them. The grandfather used to work as a field laborer, but that income was not enough to support three growing boys and he began to supplement his meager salary by begging. Local villages refused to take them in. The reporter ended the article by urging the government and NGOs to come forward and help them. When C.P. called about the children, he was told that he was the only person who had.

I asked C.P. how he could possibly accept the three boys – he was already well past capacity with the twenty-five children living at Little HEARTS. He gazed back at me for a long moment of silence before answering, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

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Dec 19, 2008

Progress

The second floor is nearly completed at Little Hearts ... and a good thing too because we now have 30 children! Several of the new children (orphans) are HIV+. Stigma is such an issue in Nellore that by mainstreaming these children we are hoping to avoid some of the worst stigma. We believe that all children have a right to a happy life as well as food, shelter and health care.

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Organization

The River Fund

Sebastian, Florida, United States
http://www.riverfund.org

Project Leader

C.Prasanna Kumar (Mr.)

Nellore, Andhra Pradesh India

Where is this project located?

Map of Food, Shelter and School for Orphans in India