Voices of Love (S.A. George Children’s Home) – India
Current phase of support:
22 Double Orphans
14 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Karnataka is a Southwestern Indian state, 7th largest by area and 8th largest by population.
74,051 SQ. MILE 61,130,704 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. Although the state of Karnataka has seen recent advances in healthcare, there is still much lacking. These issues combined make children the most vulnerable in India.
In a place where children are seemingly without hope, Voices of Love steps in.
In 2005, several smaller orphanages in collaboration with an American church worked together to found Voices of Love, which is a bustling haven of hope for 170 youngsters. The home has experienced many challenges over the years, with many children sleeping on mats in the floor during the early years and dealing with the struggle to learn the English language. However, Reverend Ebe George has sent reports of praise and gratitude in recent years. God provided in their times of struggle and uncertainty. The children now have colorful beds and mattresses and excel in their studies, even proving to be assets to their schools in sports, drama, debates, and other extra-curricular activities. The founder, Ebe George, remains a diligent overseer of the site and greatly stresses education. He knows, and we agree, that this gift of education is breaking the cycle of poverty and provides hope to so many who would not otherwise have had the opportunity to study in an environment like the school they attend. Reverend George recently told us, “After 8 years, we lift our hands, giving God the Glory for dreams being realized, the impossible made possible, and lives being transformed. Glory to God. The mission continues.” And so it does.
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.
As of 2005, over one-third of Karnataka lived under the poverty line, making it the poorest state out of India's four southern states. Many times, children are abandoned, forced to quit school, or left on the streets because of poverty.
Many children are abandoned due to poverty or gender. Voices of Love takes in the most vulnerable and gives them a place to belong.
Although laws exist in India against child labor, it is still the country with the highest level of child labor. Many children do not escape the adversities of working dangerous jobs; Voices of Love is changing that.
The home is one building with three separate levels providing dorms, bathrooms, a kitchen, a library, study hall, and guest rooms. The home hopes to add another room for a computer lab. Voices of Love not only leaves a impressionable mark on countless children's lives, but also on the lives of those in their community. Through their multiple ministries through the local church caring for people from all sorts of backgrounds and age groups, Voices of Love is a true reflection of Christ's love to those around them.
The home provides their children with three well-balanced meals a day consisting of rice, noodles, meat, vegetables, and eggs. However, they are always making plans to improve the children's diet. When needed the children receive proper medical care. However, regular tests are expensive and the children are not always able to have access to those. The home hopes to one day bring doctors to the home to administer those tests.
While ministering to the children in their care, the home also serves the community around them alongside the local church, sharing the good news of Christ. All of the children go to church and are able to hear the gospel as well as own a Bible of their own. The children are very musically talented, and the home would love to provide them with instruments so that they can use those talents to worship God.
Education is an important facet of the work that Voices of Love does; they believe that it gives children the power of possibility, and the power to rise about the poverty level. Altogether, the children go to three different schools, where they must walk or take public transport. Eventually, the home plans to build their own school to continue shaping the lives of children on their own premises. However, they need your help to do this. Consider joining us as we work to support orphan care in India.