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Working with NGOs in Pudhucherry, India – A Report


By Jacob David

PUDHUCHERRY – In April en route to see my parents in Pondichery, India, I decided to use over half of my vacation to work with two NGOs. Way before April, in January 2015 I had inquired about NGOs and found that there were two that stood out among many others that did take care of younger children. These children were primarily between the ages of 1 – 15 years.

Sisters of Charity Home by Mother Theresa’s group:   Just a mile from the Bay of Bengal, is located the Sisters of Charity. This NGO is registered in Kolkotta, but helps children in different states. Pondichery was no exception. This organization houses 45 children between ages 1 – 15 years most of whom are autistic, have cerebral palsy issues and other types of perceptive challenges. Many of these children have been neglected and abandoned by their parents because the parents see no use for a child who is practically a vegetable, not able to comprehend his or her surroundings.

As part of Happy Children Happy World, I was able to meet the sisters who ran this establishment, and was able to work with them in providing much needed, clothes, supplies and food for the children.

Baby Sara’s Home: Started in the 1980s, Baby Sara’s home lost its founder A.P. Joseph in 2002. Known as a rehabilitation center which has won numerous awards for taking care of normal and mentally challenged children, his son J. Stephen has been instrumental in running this NGO. This home houses 120 children of which 25 children are mentally challenged.

We were able to donate LED lighting equipment for a badminton playground. This helps children play sports and study at night under these lamps. Additionally, Happy Children Happy World was able to donate a washing machine for the home to help with the weekly laundry load of the children, helping with keeping their clothes clean.

Many of the normal children are exceptionally bright as students. Many of the young boys aspire to be sportsmen playing soccer, cricket and badminton. Many of the young women would love to join Nursing as a profession, just because word is out that it is the most envied and long lasting profession that pays a decent salary monthly.

This trip was an eye opener for me personally. It showed me what can be done for children on a larger scale with the proper resources. With the right political climate, resources can be used wisely to help children with basic education, healthcare and vocational training to help make them self dependent, into independent earners.

Happy Children Happy World was able to help 165 children from these two non-governmental organizations combined.

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Pudhucherry map

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