“Why should I live?” This should not be a question that children ask themselves. Unfortunately, one of our young girls did. This is her story:
My name is Amulya and I have a younger sister named Aradhana. We lived with our parents until tragedy stuck us and turned our lives upside down. Our father was an alcoholic. He drank so much that eventually alcohol took his life. We were left without a father, but we still had our mother until the day she was involved in a fatal accident at work. There I was with Aradhana – no father and no mother. Our uncle took us in and cared for us. I am not sure what happened or why it happened, but one day he took us to the bus station and told us that he would be right back.
We waited hours for him but he never came back for us. It was then that I realized that we were alone, abandoned. I had to take care of Aradhana but I was very young and didn't know what to do. We sought shelter in a local temple but were caught by a police officer.
He was upset with us for sleeping there and gave us a beating. After hearing our story, he showed us pity, gave us a few Rupees and let us go. We took refuge in various places and ate whatever we could find. Sometimes we didn't have a choice but to eat food that was thrown out in the trash. We were so hungry that we begged people day and night for food. Life was so hard. Finally, Aradhana couldn't take it anymore and began to cling to people's legs and just cry. Many people gave us a few Rupees to buy food but it was never enough. Months later, we came upon a construction site where we found some paint containers. I asked myself, “Why should I live?” There was nobody that cared about us, nobody that loved us. We were lost, alone and hungry. I had determined to give Aradhana the paint to drink and then drink some myself. I sought the only refuge I could think of - death. Before we could drink the paint, a construction worker caught us and called the police. We were taken in to temporary housing until we arrived at Mamathe Home. We are now cared for and loved. For the first time in our lives, we are able to attend school and learn about Jesus' love for us. We have clean and healthy food to eat and a safe place to sleep. I am very thankful for Mamathe Home and grateful that God brought us here.
Pastor Samuel Jacob and his wife, Mamatha Jacob, felt the Lord leading them to take action on behalf of children like Amulya and Aradhana. In 2004, Harvest India started Mamathe (Mother's love) Home, a children's home with the sole purpose of taking in children in their time of need and raising them in a Christ-centered environment. Since then, Mamathe Home has been entrusted with children and has earned recognition as a reputable and reliable home for abandoned children. Children are normally brought in by word of mouth or are referred by caring citizens from different areas of Karnataka.
After 8 years of continual prayer, God responded graciously by providing us with our own land and the funds needed for the building construction; this could only be achieved through the prayers of many partners and churches and the unfailing providence of the Lord.
As we step into the 21st century, a majority of India's population, mainly in the lower income groups, are still unable to read a book or sign their names. Most of these are in a section of society that is plagued with poverty and poor health. They cannot afford an education for their children. And yet, the ability to claim and enjoy the rights of an informed and responsible citizen rests squarely on a child's access to a good, basic education. This quality education – one which encourages the child's participation and critical thinking and is infused with the values of peace and human dignity - has the power to transform societies.
Furthermore, the fulfillment of a child's right to education offers protection from a multitude of potential hazards, such as poverty, bonded labor, domestic labor, commercial sexual exploitation, hatred, violence or recruitment into armed conflict.
A 2009 UNICEF survey found that approximately 8.1 million children are unable, for various reasons, to attend school. Although there have been significant improvements among socially disadvantaged groups, Indian girls are still less likely to be enrolled in school than boys. In another recent estimate, child malnutrition contributes to more than one third of child deaths. Undernourished children who survive may continue in the cycle of recurring illness and faltering growth (some with irreversible damage to their health), cognitive development, poor school performance, and lack of future productivity as adults. Children in India are in great need of care and nurturing. Mamathe home aims to provide that in an abundant way.
Staff - Thomas with his family
Staff - Lakshmi
No. 37, Esther Hormany,
N Nagenahalli, Kothanur Post,
Bengaluru - 77. Karnataka. India.
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