In 2016, working with our UK partners - Adventure Aid, we began the construction of a new children's home for the children of Sattenapali. The home is run by our Indian partners (APT Social Service Society). The children (currently numbering around 35) now have a great place to live, with adequate space to eat, sleep and study. We continue to support them with monthly donations to cover food, clothing, school bags and books. Kiran and Rag Gathram, the couple who run the home, and their staff create a real family atmosphere, where the children feel loved and protected.
Recent Indian government legislation requires boys and girls to sleep in separate dormitories. This posed new challenges for the children’s home in Sattenapali. We found a single-story house to reant near the home and this has now been cleaned and refurbished to provide sleeping accommodation for the boys. They continue to see the main house as their home, eating, playing and doing their homework with the girls, but sleeping in their new dormitory.
Our partners in APTSSS have brought a second orphanage to our attention, which is in urgent need of our assistance. The children’s home is run by Tiruvuru Social Service Society. We found the 20 children living in very cramped conditions under a tin roof. We have moved the boys to Sattenapali and have relocated the girls to a small house nearby. We are currently looking for more suitable accommodation with Nagamani and Prasad, who run the home. We are also sending monthly donations to support the children’s needs.
The new home in construction