Project #1131

Food, Shelter and School for Orphans in India

by The River Fund
Beautiful & tall. Just one story back in 2005!
Beautiful & tall. Just one story back in 2005!

Dear donors, friends and well wishers of “little HEARTS orphanage”,

Greetings to you all.

I am glad to inform you that our boys Karthik and Surendra passed Xth class with good marks. Another boy, Charan also completed successfully 1st year Intermediate with high marks.

Padma also passed Intermediate (XII standard) and interested to join B.Sc. Nursing. Ramalakshmi also passed 2nd year ANM (Nursing) completed and another year to complete her Nursing. After this she also interested to join B.Sc. Nursing. These good things are happening because of your kind support.

Ramu appearing for 2nd year Civil Engineering examinations.

Recently Ms. P Reddy and her mother from The River Fund spent 2 days at “little HEARTS Orphanage” on official visit. We went to beach with all the children and spent 3 hours. It was a fun filled day for children.  

Prasanna, Karthik and Dinesh will be coming to Xth standard from this academic year. They will be sent to a local Sreedhar Coaching Center for special coaching. For each boy we should pay Rs.2500/- per year for tuition.

Four full time workers have been working at the orphanage. For 1st to 9th standard children every evening 3 part time tutors will come and teach all subjects.

Each month we are spending nearly 70 to 75 thousand Rupees (approximately $1,170.00) to run the “little HEARTS Orphanage”.

Once again we thank Donors, The River Fund and Global Giving for their kind support. Please continue your kind support to run the orphanage successfully.

Kind regards,



A note from Jaya Canterbury-Counts, Executive Director of The River Fund:

Riverfund, Inc. (The River Fund) volunteers Pranathi and her mom, Prema visited 'Little HEARTS Orphanage" in Nellore India last week. Besides conducting a thorough and professional site visit for us including reviewing finances, they had a fun day with the kids at the beach! Year after year, we have watched as these children have grown into beautiful young adults. Most of the very first kids at HEARTS are now in university, college or vocational training. This is what happens when an organization works hard to go the distance. These economic times are very tough and many small nonprofits have shut their doors. To all of you who have hung in there with us ... thank you so very much!

The cook and the kitchen!
The cook and the kitchen!
Beach holiday = fun!
Beach holiday = fun!
The ride home ...
The ride home ...
Dear Donors
Thank you so much for your kind support to "little HEARTS orphanage" of Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh State of India.
All the children at LHO doing very fine. Now we have 40 children at present. Another 10 children from HIV infected parents will join to LHO from next academic year which begins from 11th June. 
In February we took an HIV infected boy referred by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) which a wing of Women and Child Welfare Department of Andhra Pradesh Government. R is very well and feeding him with extra nutrition like Egg, Milk every day separately.
On 3rd March a woman Police Constable from Kavali town which is 56kms. away from Nellore took a 5 years old girl who was an adopted girl. Her father killed mother and sentenced life term and does not want to keep the little girl by her adopted father. 
In January we took all the children to Somasila Dam for outing and spent a day there. Children enjoyed like anything. 
Padma attending for annual exams of IInd year Intermediate, Anil also attending for Ist year annual exams and Karthik will be attending Xth class annual exams which begins from 26th March. All the children are very busy in preparing for annual exams which begins from 15th April. 
In this regard I request all of our Donors please donate more to feed another 10 new children belong to HIV infected parents next academic year. 
Our sincere thanks to the GlobalGiving and The River Fund, Florida, USA.

Namaste Dear Friends,

Thanks for this opportunity to express something about the Little Hearts and its activities for all these years.

When I see children in the streets who are quite insecure and are deprived of love and affection of the parents, no hope for the future and know not what to do to fill their bellies, it had been a big question for me how to eradicate this social evil. Of course, I know for sure that I cannot change the whole situation, but I had the strong inclination of making something for the good of these unfortunate children.

These children, who are mostly unwanted and unclaimed, are being punished for no fault of them. 

The parents who are HIV effected, agricultural labourers go to work to earn a wage for their bread leave the children in charge of the younger ones who are toddlers. They do not think of education for a better life than the parents who toil all the day to earn a meagre wage.

There are children who are left in the streets just because their mother is dead and the father marries another; there are children whose mother is deserted by the father and the mother is not in a position to maintain the family by herself; there are children whose parents are died and are at the mercy of their relatives who rarely pay any attention for their wellbeing except using them for household purposes; there are children whose parents might have died of some dreadful disease and no relative comes forward to take up the responsibility. In these days, it is enough if one maintains his own family. No one can bear nor spare something for anyone.

When I took up the task and trying my best for some generous agency that can fund my project, God could make me to come across a benevolent agency like you who have agreed and showed interest to carry on this noble task.  Thus I could make things take physical shape and have been running successfully for the upliftment of these children who deserve every help, love and affection, social security and a bright future and can stand on their own as good citizens of the country.

The “little HEARTS orphanage” which was started 25th February 2005, with 20 children grew faster in number and now there are more than 40 children in our care. They are being provided with everything i.e., nutritious diet, clothing, education, love and affection, security besides entertainment, games etc., to fill in them a sense of courage and hope for their future.

Really the River Fund and Global Giving have changed many lives and they will be grateful for your generosity and love you have bestowed on these helpless and unfortunate children.

Everyone is doing well and showing progress in every respect. I am sure all our efforts yield god fruits.

Let me give you an account of the children who are grown up in our home who are hopeful and I expect good future for them.

Ramu is doing his B.Tech. course and Civil Engineering and is nor in II year.

Ramalakshmi is doing Nursing and she will come out next year

Padma is in her II year of Intermediate Course.

Anil who secured school Ist in School final exam got a free seat in a Private Junior College in Nellore itself.

Hari who stood 2nd in his school got a seat in the Govt. Residential College.

Charan also got a seat in Govt. Residential College as he secured 3rd rank in school final.

Mahesh is doing Polytechnic Course after Intermediate.

We expect some more children to secure high marks in their school final examination.  At present there are 2 boys who are going to write the examination in March, 2015.

Please give our love to all at The River Fund and Global Giving.




When our HEARTS children were little!
When our HEARTS children were little!
Dear friends and donors of “little HEARTS orphanage” of Nellore District of Andhra Pradesh State of India,
Thank you so much for your kind support from several years and I hope the same in the coming years to meet children’s needs and education.
I am very happy to inform you that our boy Ramu successfully completed first year B.Tech examinations.  When 60 students attended the examination only 6 students passed and Ramu is one among them with 75% marks.
On 18th of October we have conducted Chess Tournamet to children other children from other homes have also been attended. 32 children participated in the league, Ramu won the finals and got cash prize and a wrist watch.
On 23rd  children celebrated Diwali (Dipavali) and fired crackers, atom bombs etc,. with lot of joy and happiness.
All the children at little hearts doing very well.  As I tell in my every quarterly report we give more importance to education.  Recently we have appointed one lady tutor to teach Science and Maths particularly.
Last month we have taken 2 sister, 2 brothers and 3 boys namely E (8) A (6), Brothers S (8) and Ka (6) whose mother died by poring kerosene and burnt herself.  A (7) who is a Muslim and his mother T who is HIV infected.  N (6) and G (8) referred by Women and Child Welfare Department. (Names omitted to protect privacy of the new children).
Partially, we are supporting and paying English Medium School and Hostel fee to Priyanka and Pravallika whose father died of AIDS and mother is now suffering from HIV and requested us for financial support to continue her children’s education.
In December we expect a site visit from one of our long term donors from Australia. All of us at HEARTS are happy to meet him!
September month expenditure was Rs.55,515 and October expenditure was Rs.60,922. At present we have been feeding and giving shelter to 36 children. 
We are expecting another 5 to 10 new children from HIV community whose parents are HIV infected but children are negative. 
Before closing this quarterly report I wish you all HAPPY HOLIDAYS and donate more this season and be blessed.
Kind Regards,

Dear Donors, friends and well wishers of The River Fund and “little HEARTS orphanage”

I am happy to inform you that Ms. Neeharika Tummala, GG representative of India had visited “little HEARTS orphanage” in the month of June.

All the children at little hearts orphanage are doing very well physically and in education. From this academic year we have engaged new 2 tutors to teach English and Hindi and Mathematics and Science subjects separately. Both the tutors are coming in the morning and evening to teach the above said subjects and now the children are slowly improving in English speaking! From this year children will have tutoring five days a week not six days.

Last week we received another request letter from Women and Child Department to take full orphan girl who has been infected with HIV whose name is Ammulu, 12 years old who is on ART treatment since 2 years. We took her and sent for all tests according to Government ART Center.

At the beginning of Back to School we bought Note Books, School Bags and other stationary items for all the children and costs nearly Rs.27,000 and also bought new mattress, Covers, Pillows and pillow covers and bed sheets. Each mattress, mattress cover, Pillow and pillow covers cost Rs.900/-.

Also bought Sports goods according their age and interests. At least one and half hour children should play. Saturday and Sundays are full play time to children and there will be no tutoring. Children should have play time to grow physically and mentally.

Surendra and Karthik are now in Xth standard and attending for outside tutoring for extra classes. We paid Rs.3,500/- to each to the Sreedhar Coaching Center. Next year also our children may stand in first or second of school ranks.

A new bi-cycle bought for Anil who is attending college from this academic year and which costs Rs.4,160/-.

Every day children are feeding with milk and snacks in the evening and Egg curry thrice in a week and Sundays Chicken/Fish.

Three full time staff and 2 part time staff are working at little hearts orphanage.

Please see the below to know about salaries of our staff.

Manager   Rs.6,000

Cook         Rs. 4,000

Assistant   Rs. 3,500

Tutor 1     Rs. 2,500

Tutor 2     Rs. 2,500

Before closing this quarterly report I wanted to say thanks and Namaste to all of our Donors, Global Giving and The River Fund and also continue to donate and support our work for the children of “little HEARTS orphanage”.




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The River Fund

Location: Sebastian, Florida - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
C.Prasanna Kumar (Mr.)
Nellore, Andhra Pradesh India

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