Our Child Care activities in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, approx. 150 km north of Chennai, started in 1983 with the running of a home for orphaned and destitute boys. Over the past 30 years, hundreds of lives have been changed to a meaningful existence. Initially, a Dutch businessman gave funds for the spacious building and compound, later the children received their support from Inter-Mission Germany and Inter-Mission UK. The home can comfortably accommodate up to 150 boys, however, we are more concerned about meeting the individual needs rather than numbers.
For a number of years in the 1990/2000’s a training centre was added and became a training ground for boys of the home and others from Nellore and further afield in Andhra Pradesh. Computer classes, tailoring courses and – on another nearby location – carpentry training was offered and hundreds of young men and women been trained and equipped.
we started a ‘Back to the Roots’ initiative in mainly refocusing on our Child Care activities. With a variety of other vocational training centres have come up in and around the Nellore area in the meantime, we now concentrate again on the – actually increasing – need for safe and protected care for boys from poor and destitute backgrounds. We are glad that through the support from “Links International”, UK and also the very active IID-Alumni branch in Nellore we can provide for up to 40 boys now. Our Home Parents, Mr.& Mrs Kallu and Mary Sekhar, have restored a family atmosphere to the work and go way out of their way in caring and actually parenting the boys. The large compound serves as a playground and the meeting hall is frequently being used for communal activities from outside groups.
In 2013 a team of senior volunteers from Switzerland also generously gave their time and energy to help with the much-needed renovation of various parts of the building. It has been quite a unique experience for everybody concerned to see ‘foreigners’ and locals, young and old, volunteers and experienced painters, male and female, put their hands together to improve infrastructure – and services.
Which is part of our aim and vision for this centre: To invite other services to come alongside and help us serve the needy community. In the future, we aim to have medical, parental and family counselling and social services incorporated, and we do invite partnerships there. You are welcome to contact Mr.Sekhar (09505700329/ 08639394567) or get in touch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2012 the IID Alumni Association in Chennai was extended to Nellore for the ex-students from Andhra Pradesh. The meeting day for all is on every 2nd October, and various activities and family meetings are happening throughout the year. A committee takes care of the administration and functioning.
The IID Andhra Pradesh Alumni meeting on 2nd October 2013 with Mr Jochen Tewes, founder, and Mr Solomon, speaker, as special guests. Previous house parents also participated.
As a sign of his gratitude, one of the Alumni members gave a set of cooking vessels to the home cook