India is the world’s largest democracy with a population of over 1.2 billion, 400 million of which are children. According to SOS Children’s Village,e in 2011 there were an astounding 20 million orphans recorded in India. Orphans are put at immediate risk because they are often seen as a burden on relatives in this society. Children living in these situations are in danger of losing opportunities for school, health care, growth, development, nutrition, and shelter, in short, their rights to a decent and fulfilling childhood. Moreover, with the death of a parent, children experience profound loss and a heavy burden falls to the surviving parent. If the second parent also dies, all aspects of that child’s world are threatened. These children not only have to deal with the trauma of being orphaned, but alsothe threat of enslavement, forced labor, disease, homelessness, hunger and abuse.
Reaching Hand has two shelter homes for orphans and destitute children for both girls and boys consisting of 46 (23 girls & 23 boys) children. The objective of New Home is to reduce the suffering of the abandoned, destitute, and vulnerable children by providing them the necessary support, protection, nutritious food, health care, and quality education along with life skills so that they can be become productive and essential members of society.
Our long – term goal is to have a permanent place for our children of the New Home to ensure stability. We are currently constructing a residential building and international school in Manchapana Hosahalli, just outside of Bangalore, that will accommodate up to 500 underprivileged children (poverty-stricken, at risk, working children, etc.).
For more information on the Reaching Hand New Home Project please visit our link New Home Project.
Presently the main activities of the New Home include:
- Education in English medium schools
- Recreation, activities during weekends, and holidays such as Summer Camps, Football training, and a host of extra-curricular opportunities for the children
- Savings accounts for each of the children
- Brand new clothing for the children twice a year
- Regular tuition
- Volunteer engagement
- Exposure visits
- Special coaching on sports and music
- Food prepared for the children and staff as per UN standards
- Impartation of life skills and human values
- Best healthcare available
- Identification of children for the New Home