Mission: A collaboration with the salesian sisters of don bosco,india, to rescue, house and educate 700+ orphan girls, the unwanted "street children", and educate , 20,000 boys and girls, the poorest of the poor.
Programs: See schedule o building: two major orphanage projects (2 secunderabad and 4 solabasti) were completed this year, and one orphanage project (5 at kokrajhar) was launched and will be completed in late 2015. Our orphanage at secunderabad has the capacity for 150 girls. Our girls now sleep in a bed something most of them have never experienced before. They have study rooms, computers; in a sanitary kitchen they help prepare healthy food. And we will have room for some 80 girls in addition. At solabasti, in assam, in the northeast of india, we completed construction of an orphanage/hostel/training centre that will transform the life of this poor tea-growing village. There, women earn 1. 50 per day, picking 50 pounds of tea and their daughters would have faced a similar future. Now, orphaned and neglected girls have a home and villagers the opportunity to learn skills that will lift them out of poverty. In kokrajhar, also in assam, ethnic fighting and extreme poverty have been especially hard on girls they are the most vulnerable. Some are orphaned, others abandoned, others suffer extreme neglect. We have gathered them into a temporary shelter and have begun to build them a new home. We will have room for 150+ girls. Education: this is the third year for our exciting new program, the thinking schools academy. Led by dr. David paige of bellarmine university in louisville, the objective is to teach methods to teachers so that they might encourage higher level thinking in their instruction. Too much of indian education is based around memorization. With thinking schools, we are preparing our indian students to be problem solvers, to think outside the box, to be creative and innovative. We held two education summits in summer, 2014 that extended thinking schools to a total of 18 schools. We are demonstrating that it can be the model for education throughout india and in other developing countries. Health and wellness: water is critical and safe drinking water essentialso we drilled wells, built storage tanks this year secured still more grants to purchase solar- powered water purification units and install reverse osmosis units so that all our 32 sites in the bangalore province have clean water. We procured grants to fund critically needed medical procedures. We provided funds for purchase of nutritious brown rice, fruits and vegetable to supplement diets
This is an incredibly effective charitable group. I personally know several local volunteers and they are tremendously dedicated and inspired by the founder Paul Wilkes. I've been a donor for several years and enjoy the way the organization stays in touch with you, keeping you up-to-date on how the funds are used and showing the impact on the lives of these beautiful children. Having traveled in India many years ago I've seen firsthand the unimaginable poverty and conditions that these children come from. The task of helping them seems overwhelming, but Paul Wilkes simply rolled up his sleeves and got to work. He has built an amazing organization that makes a real impact. Anyone can feel good about making a donation... they make it go a long way. I love the calendar they send to donors . . . seeing the faces of the girls that Home of Hope helps every day of the year makes you feel good to be a part of it.
We found Homes of Hope through a family friend prior to our visiting India in December of 2011. While in Bangalore we visited the orphanage run by Sister Ancy and were deeply touched by the amazing work and by the children that we met. This is truly a wonderful cause and extremely well run organization. We were able to see first hand how dedicated the Sisters are to creating a refuge and stable environment for the orphaned girls. It was amazing how happy, well adjusted and full of hope these girls seemed to be. We spent an afternoon there, were treated to a Christmas Lunch and dance performance by the girls. Our one regret was that we didn't spend more time there and certainly plan on returning when our children are a little older.
Home of Hope is a wonderful organization. It is well organized and well run. The executive director is incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated to the program. He works tirelessly to raise funds and encourage volunteers. Plus he travels to India twice a year to visit many locations and check on the work. In addition to contributing to Home of Hope I have had the privilege of visiting an orphanage and 2 schools in India. The first time as a visitor and the second as a volunteer. Both times I was very impressed by the Sisters and the children. The sisters were very gracious, knowligible and hard working and the children were extremely happy, outgoing and disciplined. They loved to show off their English. I will continue to personally contribute to and support Home of Hope any way I can. As a member off the Wilmington Rotary Club I will also continue to lead support for Home of Hope. For 2 years in a row we, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Downtown Cochin, have applied for and received a $25,000 grant to purchase and install water purification systems in 15 Home of Hope facilities.