Agape Care Home — India
Current phase of support:
29 Double Orphans
0 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Gooty is located in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
14 SQ. MILE 48,658 POP.
India has the largest child population in the world. However, children there face unimaginable hardships. Most do not attend school regularly, pressured to go to work and earn money for their families. It is estimated that there are nearly 60 million child laborers in India. Health is also a struggle, as nearly 2 million of India's 27 million children born per year do not live to the age of 5. For those who do, nearly 40% suffer from malnutrition. These issues combined make children the most vulnerable in India.
Agape Care Home betters the lives of the most vulnerable in India: children.
Agape Care Home has been providing shelter, care, and support for the children affected by HIV/AIDS from poverty stricken families in the Anantapur District since August 2007. The home has since taken in children who are orphaned, abandoned, forced into labor, or neglected. Agape Care Home gives children a chance to go to school, hoping to give them a better future in spite of their vulnerability. The caretakers look for the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of the children residing there, giving them a home with hope and opportunity they wouldn't have had elsewhere. On Serving Orphans Worldwide’s most recent visit, some of the older children told our representative that Agape feels like home.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
Although laws exist in India against child labor, many children do not escape the adversities of working dangerous jobs. Agape Care Home restores their childhood by bringing them out of those harsh situations.
Andhra Pradesh has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in India. Agape Care Home takes in many children who either have the disease or have been orphaned by it.
Many families in Anantapur live below the poverty line. Sometimes, children are not able to finish school because they must beg or find other means to make money for their families.
Agape Care Home is located in a rural area. It is comprised of 4 buildings which provide dormitories, a kitchen, a common hall, and offices. However, Agape Care is still in need of additional buildings for boys as well as those who are HIV positive.
Children at Agape Care Home receive 4 well balanced meals per day and have constant access to purified water. They receive periodic medical exams and are taken to a doctor for any ailments or sicknesses. Since some children come to the home with HIV/AIDS, they take medication that would not be available to them were it not for the compassionate care of Mr. C.H. Joseph and his staff.
The children all attend church, where the Gospel is presented clearly in ways that they can understand. Agape Care Home seeks to teach children how to reflect Christ in their daily lives. This home provides a stable environment for these children, teaching gospel-centered values and life skills that will support them for the rest of their lives.
Agape Care Home sends their children to government schools 2 kilometers from the compound. The children either walk or ride a public transport. Allowing the children to attend school is a way of giving them their childhood back as well as hope for the future. Agape Care Home has seen success as children go out from their care to enroll at higher education colleges.