Good Samaritan Children’s Home- India
Current phase of support:
5 Double Orphans
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Byndoor is a village located on the western side of Karnataka
74,122 SQ. MILE 61,130,704 POP.
Historically known as the State of Mysore, Karnataka is a state located in the south western region of India. With an estimated 61,130,704 inhabitants, Karnataka is the eighth largest state by population, comprising 30 districts. With such a large population, poverty is a prominent issue in this part of India also leading to other problems such as poor health, abandonment and illiteracy. Christianity is the minority religion in all the districts of Karnataka, and persecution is a harsh reality for believers in this region. In the summer of 2017, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom released a report that compared the severity of persecution in India with Iraq and Afghanistan.
Good Samaritan Children’s Home provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of Karnataka who have been left orphaned and abandoned.
A ministry of Completing the Call, Good Samaritan Children’s Home is a non profit organization working to meet the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of orphaned and abandoned children in Karnataka. Directors, Bobby & Rekha George began this ministry in a small house with five children in 1999. The ministry has been subject to years of persecution by anti-Christian Hindu radicals, but despite this, the ministry has thrived and grown. The home is currently a refuge to 20 children who are cared for in a loving, christian environment.
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.
Many children who are abandoned typically come from single parent, very impoverished environments. The rapid population growth rate in India is one of major reasons for extreme poverty. This causes a host of problems, such as lack of access to proper healthcare, education, and exposes the children to other vulnerabilities.
India has the largest number of child sexual abuse cases being registered globally, according to recent studies. In most of these cases, the perpetrator of child sexual abuse is a known family member.
It is not uncommon for children to work in brick kilns, construction sites, and agricultural land. India is flooded with trafficking for the purpose of forced child labor. Young girls are being forced into the sex trade and children are also sold by their parents to work in industries that are dangerous and expose them to other vulnerabilities.
The children live in a facility located on the ministry headquarters property in Byndoor. The girls and boys live in separate facilities as per government regulations. They on sleep on the concrete floor on mats topped with thick goat skin blankets. Each child has a small shelf for his or her belongings which typically consist of only very few clothes and a pair of boots for the monsoon season.
The children receive regular general health care, eye and dental care and vaccinations. They also receive recommended medical tests for HIV, hepatitis, and parasites and are treated accordingly.
The home ensures that the children have every opportunity to learn and develop a relationship with the Lord. Bible study and prayer time are built into their daily routines. All children also attend church every week and really love to learn about the Bible. This is something the home feels is a top priority!
Every child of school age is enrolled in public school and study hall is built into their daily routine. They walk to school everyday, and love to learn! The home ensures that education remains a top priority, as they understand it is key to their future success.