August Update 2016

"Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it. The power is in YOU." Proverbs 3:27

We reached India on the 3rd of July. A couple of days after our arrival, we had an inspection by Child Welfare Committee. As expected they were extremely nitpicky and have given us a laundry list of things to be fixed / corrected.
The list of things are.
  1. Twenty-three fans that aren’t working in different parts of the girls and boys block need to be repaired
  2. Fifty-four new lights need to be installed in various places across the campus including six with tall posts in the playground area
  3. In 2014 with your help we installed mosquito prevention nets in the girls block. The same needs to be installed in the boys block as well.
  4. The boys block needs to be repainted as we have not been able to paint it since 2012
  5. We currently have 1 regular set of clothes (donated by one of our friends and supporter), 1 set of children’s home uniform, 1 school uniform and 1 sweater for each child. We have been mandated to provide the children with 1 additional set of regular clothes.
  6. We are now required to have an on campus psychiatrist and a counsellor. Since a lot of our children come from a background of abuse (mental, verbal, physical, sexual) we are required to maintain a record of their emotional development and recuperation. From the month of August I have appointed a God fearing, Christian lady as a part-time psychiatrist who feels passionately about our children’s needs.
  7. Last December when Chennai received an unprecedented amount of rains and floods our concrete kitchen ceiling was heavily damaged. This needs to be fixed before the monsoon season begins in September.
  8. We are starting a vocational training course on agriculture for our 8-15 year olds to help them learn about organic farming using the natural resources available around us. We are also teaching our children to make bracelets and other jewelry items which will be available for our ministry partners.
  9. The engine of our pickup truck was flooded in the rains and is currently non-functional. The pickup truck helps us transport groceries, take the children to nearby places and also to transport audio equipment we use for our street evangelism.
Things to be Fixed Cost to Fix
Repair fans $800
New light fixtures and repairs $400
Mosquito nets and painting boys block $2,000
1 set of new clothes $1,000
Kitchen ceiling repair $5,000
Pickup truck repair and vehicle fitness certification $1,800
New cupboard replacing the ones ruined in the flood $3,500
TOTAL $14500

During the flooding in December, crops were destroyed, major storage barns in South-India were flooded and it ruined tons and tons of food. This has caused a significant inflation of all prices including food, petrol/diesel, electricity, cooking gas, medicines, milk and other essentials. Teachers in our primary schools and a few or our staffs who live off campus are unable to meet daily needs with their current salary.

We have hired a part time Psychiatrist as part of the Government requirement as well. We would like to add meat as part of our regular weekly meal plan for our children. At present are able to feed our children lentils with rice at least once a day, egg once a week and soya bean meal maker once a week. Apart from this our children eat Roti and Rice Cakes with vegetable curry. We serve them meat on occasions like Christmas, Easter and few other festivals in the year.
We have extremely detailed and well thought out plans to provide the children and women we support livelihoods, shelter, nourishment, primary care, vocational programs in health, education, agriculture, disaster preparedness and response and we conduct various evangelical outreach programs in the community.

With the mounting expenses from all these activities we are currently running a deficit of $2,000 each month. If only 10 of you commit to support us with $200 a month we will be able to bridge this gap. Please keep us and the current needs in your hearts and prayers, every dollar we raise will help improve the lives of those you so generously support. Also, keep us lifted for all the major needs and renovation which has to be completed by the end of August.

God Bless!
Judith Jacob Siddharth and family


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