Sponsoring children in India

More than 20 years ago one of the Farnham Lions Club members started an orphanage.   He did so with an Indian who for many years worked alongside Mother Teresa, supporting the poorest of the poor.
The charity Chiks (that's Children's Homes in Kerala State) was soon launched and registered, and when the opportunity came to support some of the children in care, the Club opted to become sponsors.   Today Farnham Lions meet the cost of care for four children in SW India. 
They are Priya Raju, Niranjan and Niranjara Suresh, all at the Little Flower home, and a bright young man who wants to be an engineer - Sachin, who has been at another Chiks orphanage called Carmel Martha Santhi Bhavan, home for most of his life. 

Little is known of the children's past, other than - so typically - something of the misery endured at their respective family homes; rustic shelters in forested land with no basic facilities.   However, good food and health care plus schooling and friendships have brought them contentment.

Some Chiks children have matured at an orphanage, and stayed.  They include Amos who today is a driver/handyman; originally found in a street at about age five he was nursed to health . . .

 

CHIKS 1
CHIKS 2 CHIKS 3
CHIKS 4
CHIKS 5
CHIKS 6

 

Lions' sponsors - the Club and some individual members - look forward to hearing from the Homes where a selected child becomes the sponsor's main point of contact . . .   Among letters received by Club members was the following:

 

Dear Auntie and Uncle 

 

I am happy you come to Kerala and see me and my friends.  We want to see you at England one day.

We like it here very much.   Good we have house for living and place for game.   Now also Lions medical centre thank you.   Everyone is kind not like my family before I came with Uni my brother.  There was sad and  great worry for us and mother.

Please come again to see us soon with your friends.   It is so happy time and thank you for the gifts you bring us.    

 

Priya and Uni XXXXX