Overview & Our Impact

DSC00996As the story goes, Anand and Rosie Thandu were members of the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in 2002 when they received a calling to establish an orphanage in India.

A year later, the Children of Faith Orphanage opened its doors to 30 children in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. In a matter of weeks, a much larger, local orphanage closed its doors, and soon Children of Faith was home to 100 children.

Today, the orphanage provides shelter, nourishment, healthcare, education and clothing to more than 100 boys and girls.

Shelter

One of the most fundamental human needs is having a place to call home.   The United Nations estimates that there are approximately 150 million children on our streets today.  Forty percent of the world’s street children are homeless, and the remainder are working, day in and day out, on the street to support their families.

IMG_0553At Children of Faith Missions, we focus our efforts in select parts of the world to have the greatest impact.  Today, we are working in Vizag, India through the Children of Faith Missions Orphanage – providing a home for more than 100 orphaned boys and girls.

The campus, which began with just a single building in 2003 has grown over the years to include a three-story building providing housing for the children and staff and a separate building which houses the dining hall and kitchen.  Ground was broken for a new boy’s dormitory last year that will serve as hearth and home for more than 60 young boys.  We expect to complete this project in April 2014.At Children of Faith Missions, we focus our efforts in select parts of the world to have the greatest impact.  Today, we are working in Vizag, India through the Children of Faith Missions Orphanage – providing a home for more than 100 orphaned boys and girls.

Next on our list is the development of a new school for our young children.  This will involve the purchase of new land and of course, the construction of a new building.  We hope to complete this project by 2016, and would welcome your support for this effort.

You Can Help! Donate now and your tax-deductible contribution will change the life of a child today.

Nourishment

At Children of Faith Missions, we realize that many of the children throughout the world never have the luxury of eating three warm, nutritious meals a day. In fact, the World Bank estimates that India, in particular, ranks among the highest countries in the world for the number of kids suffering from malnutrition.

IMG_1431-1Clearly, ensuring proper nourishment for our children is key.

More important than quantity is the special attention that needs to be given to the quality of food that is prepared for our children.  We also go one step further – teaching them the importance of achieving and maintaining a balanced diet to support them as they grow toward independence.

A Sample Menu

Menus at Children of Faith include three healthy meals a day, and snacks (including bananas, fruit, cookies and Indian sweets) are provided to the children four days a week.

Typical vegetables include potatoes, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, beet root, squash, tomatoes, okra, beans and assorted gourds.  And, of course, wonderful Indian dishes are served daily, including:

  • Idli – a steamed batter of fermented black lentils and rice
  • Rasam – a soup with Indian spices, lentils and vegetables
  • Sambhar – a vegetable stew
  • Upma – cream of wheat pudding with vegetables

A sample, weekly menu for our children might include:

BreakfastLunchDinner
MondayIdliRice & SambharRice, Vegetable Curry & Rasam
TuesdayYogurt RiceRice, Dal & RasamRice, Egg Curry & Rasam
WednesdayYogurt RiceRice, Vegetable Curry & RasamRice, Vegetable Curry & Rasam
ThursdayUpmaRice, Dal, Leafy Vegetables & RasamRice, Egg Curry & Rasam
FridayYogurt RiceRice, Vegetable Curry & RasamRice, Vegetable Curry & Rasam
SaturdayYogurt RiceRice & Egg ScrambleRice & Sambhar
SundayVermicilli PuddingRice, Chicken Curry & RasamRice, Vegetable Curry & Rasam

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Healthcare

Healthcare at Children of Faith MissionsAt Children of Faith Missions, we believe it is our duty and responsibility to address this issue head-on.  Our work in this area centers on two key fronts:Healthcare for street children in India is a matter of life or death.  Key health issues include malnutrition, high infant mortality, disease, poor sanitation and a lack of safe drinking water.  Alone, each of these issues can be a grave health concern.  One or more of them combined, and a child has little to no chance of survival.  A study of homeless children found that more than 50% of them had an injury or a fever within the past three month, yet only about 1/3 of the children received any medical treatment for their injury or illness.

  • Educating Children on Preventative Healthcare By working with local healthcare professionals, we teach the children the skills necessary to care for themselves to help address and prevent illness and injury before they occur.
  • Treating Illnesses and Injuries When They Occur No matter how well a person may care for himself or herself, illnesses and injuries do happen. In addition to educating our children about prevention and providing them training in first aid, we work with local, certified healthcare professionals to identify and treat illnesses and injuries when they occur.

You Can Help! Donate now and your tax-deductible contribution will change the life of a child today.

Education

Long before the formation of Children of Faith Missions, Anand and Rosie Thandu had a vision to improve the quality of life for orphaned children in India.  With more than 60 percent of homeless Indian children having never attended school and approximately 2/3 being illiterate, they knew the key to improving the quality of life for the children they were serving was education.

As a result, when Children of Faith Missions was founded, providing a quality education was adopted as one of the founding services the organization would provide.

A Commitment to Quality

Children in the classroom at Children of Faith MissionsAlthough any education is better than no education, we believe that providing a young child with a private, higher quality education is key to equipping that child with the tools necessary to not only survive, but to be competitive and successful in the world.  Currently, we are fortunately to have qualified teachers come to our campus daily to educate our students.  Many of our children did not attend school prior to coming to live at Children of Faith.  We are focusing on interactive learning and creative thinking for the students’ studies.

Approximately one half of the total cost to care for the children each year is allocated to their education, but certainly, this investment is an essential investment in their futures.

To ensure that quality, Children of Faith Missions is partnering with the University of the Pacific School of Business graduate program and its corporate sponsors to assess the feasibility of constructing a private school on the orphanage’s campus.

In addition to serving our own children, the school would likely be a means for generating additional income for the orphanage and would help secure its future and the futures of the children that it serves.

Soon, Children of Faith Missions will be seeking personal and corporate donors willing to join in this ambitious and important cause to help purchase the land, lay the foundation, build the walls, raise the roof and equip the school with desks, computers, books, and supplies.

You Can Help! Donate now and your tax-deductible contribution will change the life of a child today.

Clothing

Part of the challenge in caring for the orphaned children that we serve is providing clothing for them. Most of the children who come to Children of Faith arrive with only the clothing on their backs.

At Children of Faith Missions, we believe that every child should have a complete and proper wardrobe for everyday wear and athletic purposes, in addition to school uniforms. We have found that having clean, well-maintained clothing adds to our children’s social development and, more importantly, to their sense of hope.  They begin to see themselves as deserving citizens of the world.

The initial expense of providing clothing is a daunting task for those who manage the orphanage; however, no matter how well each child cares for his or her clothing, the items simply wear out over time, and eventually require replacement.

And then…my how they grow.

Over the years, not only do they need new clothing, but also new accessories such as belts, ties, socks and shoes.

You Can Help! Donate now and your tax-deductible contribution will change the life of a child today.