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 (See more photographs below). 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. We are now also providing scholarships to the children as they reach the age of 16, to ensure they get the qualifications for a good career and have the ability to contribute long term to both their former home and the wider society.
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 brought a second children's home to our attention, which was in urgent need of our assistance. The children’s home is run by Nagamani and Prasad of the Tiruvuru Social Service Society. About a year ago, we found the 20 children living in very cramped conditions under a tin roof. We moved the boys to Sattenapali and relocated the girls to a small house nearby. We have now found a great new house, the children have moved in and are very happy (see photoigraphs below). We are now sending monthly donations to support the children’s needs.