04.12.17 | News, Project of the Month

Children’s Homes in India: Carving Out A Fortune

In December, the Project of the Month comes from India
Indian girls are learning together

Education for better prospects for the future: That is the aim of the children's homes in South India. (Photo: EMS/Paula Rave)

Martha Zalaki was a small child when she first came to the orphanage of the Church of South India in Sumaddi. After she lost her father her grandfather brought the little girl and her sisters up. But her family was very poor so they asked for help in the orphanage. In the children's home little Martha got the attention and care she needed. With the support of the children's home she completed primary school and continued attending school until she graduated from high school. Subsequently, she took a course to become a cosmetologist. When she finished the course successfully she opened up her own beauty salon and gained money to take care of herself and her two younger sisters. Now, Martha is 32 years-old and married. Besides her own business she is also working for the Regional Transport Organisation. Martha is happy with her life and thankful for the care of the children's home she received as a girl. She often visits the orphanage, gives advice to the children and helps wherever she can.

Seven Homes and Two Educational Centers

Children, and particularly girls, often lead difficult lives in India. The facilities offered by the Church of South India allow many to escape child labor and oppression. The main objective of the children's homes is to give their fosterlings a good education and to provide them with better prospects for the future. Through daily routines and the performance of small tasks, they learn to take responsibility for communal and friendly cohabitation. In cooperation with the respective dioceses, EMS assumes responsibility for seven homes and two educational centers.