What We Do 2017-09-07T22:51:22+00:00

We Build Orphanages….and Save Lives

Throughout India, Homes of Hope has transformed the lives of thousands of orphaned, abandoned, and trafficked girls.

We have rescued girls from the horrors of the street. In our Homes of Hope they are loved, fed nutritious food, they go to school. They are able to regain their childhood as well as prepare themselves for the future. Girls who once came to us in ragged clothes and sadness in their souls are now nurses and office workers, fashion designers and computer programmers. They have broken the cycle of poverty.

Take this tour of our Homes of Hope and see what we have done together.

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Kochi is a large commercial center in Kerala. It is often a destination for those from more impoverished areas of India; children are often found begging on the streets, in train stations and bus stands. It was here that I found Reena, a tiny six year old whose eye had been cruelly gouged out to make her a “better beggar” for the unscrupulous “beggar mafia,” who exploit these little ones. When I heard her story, I was horrified and it showed on my face. Reena returned that look of horror with a lovely, trusting smile and it is that smile that launched our work in 2006.

Today our Kochi Home of Hope is a three story residence, containing dormitories, a modern kitchen and refectory, study areas and computer room. Some of the girls are orphans, others were abandoned by parents who could not care for them, still others were neglected or were victims of sexual exploitation. Some of the girls attend the Salesian sisters’ English medium school on the grounds; the others go to nearby public school. Capacity: 100

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Just as Kochi was being dedicated and I thought our work was done (after all, we had built a new home for Reena and her friends) our Homes of Hope board member Stuart Padley called from Secunderabad, where he was visiting on Microsoft business. “It’s worse here, Paul,” he said, “more children, terrible conditions, crammed into a tiny building, sleeping on an even worse concrete floor.”

Secunderabad and its twin city, Hyderabad are where many poor families come in search of work; children are lost, abandoned, parents die. So we launched a second drive, to build a home for these girls, in the Uppal District. After many bureaucratic setbacks, Secunderabad would become the first LEED-certified, environmentally-friendly, orphanage in the world.

We support not only the new building at Uppal, but the original home at Bhoiguda and a smaller orphanage at Mahindra Hills, where we also help support a school. Total capacity 120.

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By now, the need was apparent that we needed to build as many Homes of Hope as we possibly could. It was estimated that 500,000 orphaned, abandoned and neglected girls lived on the urban streets and village roads of India….and we had to rescue as many as possible.

Maradiyur is an impoverished village between Bangalore and Mysore and the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, our partners in our first seven Homes of Hope, wanted to create a residence, school and rural empowerment center for the local villagers.

Maradiyur is just that, a beautiful two-story building (we are adding a third floor) bringing pride to a forgotten community through the education of poor children and providing medical and social work assistance for families in need. Capacity per year: 120

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Our first three Homes of Hope were constructed in partnership with the Bangalore Province of the Salesian Sisters. We now looked further north, to India’s northeast, which is one of the poorest sections of the country. There the Salesians based in Guwahati, Assam, saw a specific and pressing need: to build a training centre in a remote tea-growing area that would provide short term residency and practical training for girls. Without this training in sewing and fashion design, as well as computer and office skills training, the girls would be consigned to the fate of the generations of women before them: pitifully low wages (currently $1.50 a day) picking tea.

Today, our four story centre at Solabasti is a beacon of hope and hundreds of girls have been trained and have found jobs because of the skills they have learned. Capacity: 120 per year

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In the area around Kokrajhar, Assam, ethic fighting had disrupted the lives of far too many families. With villages burned to the ground, parents killed, hundreds of girls languished in squalid refugee camps. These girls needed a safe home, the opportunity to go school, to regain their childhood.

As the sisters called it – a “Mighty Building” – Kokrajhar was our largest Home of Hope thus far.

This huge four story building has (as do all our homes) study rooms, a computer lab, sanitary washing facilities, and a beautiful chapel, where girls of all faiths can be at peace with their Maker. Across the street is an excellent school, so Kokrajhar provides all our girls need to make the very most of their lives. Capacity: 120

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When I first visited Tangla, I was appalled at the conditions. The girls were crammed into classrooms in a school, there was no room to store their few articles of clothing, and the bathing and sanitary facilities were dismal and unsanitary. The brave Salesian sisters were doing the best they could, but a new home for these girls was badly needed.

Tangla will be a bright new structure, standing out from the lush tropical terrain, providing simple but clean dormitories, sanitary facilities and study rooms so our girls can excel in the school that is just across the courtyard. Capacity: 100

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Bangalore is India’s primary IT center. But amidst the glittering glass and steel offices for Google and IBM and Amazon there is grinding poverty. Impoverished families come seeking work, children beg in train stations and bus stands and on the streets.

With four smaller houses already overcrowded in a densely populated urban area, the Bangalore Province Salesians badly needed more room to take in more street girls. They were fortunate to find a former vineyard in the Devanahalli district, on the way to airport, and here a Home of Hope will be home to many more girls.

At our newest Bangalore home, girls will have a chance to run and play and breathe clean air. They will study in the quiet of the countryside and prepare for a real future. Capacity: 100

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Churachandpur is approximately 60 kilometers from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. It is one of the poorest districts in the state. Because Imphal is on a trucking route, it has seen an epidemic of AIDS transmission; it has one of the highest rates in India. Franciscan Clarist sisters were doing parish work, but as parents died of AIDS they took in one orphan, then another and eventually found the need to care for orphaned and abandoned girls required their full attention and a new location. We discovered the sisters’ plight in 2016 when they had stopped construction after exhausting what little funds they had.

Our Churachandpur Home of Hope will be home to girls who have lost their parents to AIDS. Some of the girls were born HIV-positive; and under the sisters’ care, they receive appropriate anti-viral drugs. We are completing the building and adding a rooftop shelter. We are also providing solar-powered electricity, a complete water harvesting, storage and purification system in addition to purchasing a small adjacent lot that will serve as a playground. Capacity: 50

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When I visited Dimapur in January, 2017, I found a sagging bamboo shelter, which had served as a “temporary” home for a group of young girls, from 6 to 17 years old. The shelter was ten years old, the roof leaking. These were girls who also had been orphaned by AIDS and some of them were HIV-positive. Their washing area was unsanitary and tiny, the conditions were woefully inadequate for girls whose immune systems were already compromised.

When I told the girls that Homes of Hope would help to build them a new home, you can just imagine their excitement. Seeing their bravery, I knew we had to do everything we could to make their lives better.

I would find that Dimapur, Nagaland, is the very epicenter of the AIDS scourge in India, even worse than Imphal, with 1 in 113 people infected, so our work is critical. Here we stand side by side with a brave group of Carmelite sisters and will build a home that will expand the capacity of the sisters to take in still more girls who already suffered too much in life. Capacity: 50

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Although Homes of Hope primary mission is to build orphanages in India, we are keenly aware of the need to provide children in poverty with the best education possible. Only through education can they break the cycle of poverty.

When generous benefactors expressed interest in specifically supporting the construction of a school building, we knew of such a need in the Josephnagar district near Hassan, which is also between Bangalore and Mysore.

In this poor village both girls and boys now have access to an excellent school, from pre-kindergarten through 10th Standard.  We have a computer lab, a language lab and science lab with modern classrooms where young students can prepare for productive lives and even higher education. Capacity: 300 students

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Yes, Homes of Hope = Brick and Mortar. But you have done so much more… Whatever our Homes of Hope girls need to thrive!

Sustainable Building: We Build and We Build “Green”

  • Built 6 orphanages (a 7th will break ground this year)
  • 1st LEED-certified orphanage in the world
  • Built 1 school
  • 620 smokeless stoves, 10 biofuel and solar-photovoltaic systems

Rescuing Girls: 1,700 Girls Have Found Safety at Homes of Hope

  • Rescued from the streets
  • Rescued from from sex traffickers
  • Rescued from abusive homes
  • Rescued from refugee camps

Health: In Mind, Body, Spirit

  • Created 3-chair dental clinic
  • Vitamins, healthy food, medical care
  • 50 major medical procedures/medical screening/counseling
  • Surfers take girls surfing, Yoga volunteers

Education: Shaping a New Generation

  • 40,000 children enrolled in Thinking Schools
  • 350 computers/LCD projectors
  • 6 language labs, 400 scholarships, 9 buses, jeeps
  • 450,000 books shipped

Drinking Water: Providing Clean Water For Our Girls and Their Neighbors

  • 30 solar- and electric-powered water purifiers
  • 16 wells
  • 9 huge water storage tanks
  • Water available to orphanages, schools, and communities—for communities—for over 200,000

And… Whatever Our Girls Need

cows and cowsheds, water buffaloes, beds, diesel generators, playgrounds, sewing machines, solar-photovoltaic systems to generate electricity, surfers that travel to India to take our girls surfing, yoga practicioners that come to do yoga with the girls, jeeps, marching bands (with snazzy uniforms), microloans, playgrounds, desks, tables, chairs, outdoor pavillions, and the list goes on…

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“Since 2006, Homes of Hope has sheltered, fed and educated thousands of girls in India, and keeps expanding to help many more.
Without these homes, the girls would still be on the street. The Homes of Hope staff are kind, smart and loving and good stewards;
I am proud to be part of their work.”
 Lolly Kehoe – New York