Children's Village

Our Home Vision

Our Home is constructing a sustainable children’s village on 4.5 acres of fertile land in the highlands of Kerala’s Wayanad province in Southern India. It is striving to form an economically productive community committed to family, education and social responsibility. Our Home provides a permanent family environment for 45 homeless and orphaned children. It is different from existing orphanages because it celebrates the individuality of each child, nurtures their imagination and provides an optimistic and safe upbringing.

In 2010, an old building was renovated to provide a temporary home for the girls. Prior to this the children lived in rented accommodation in several different locations, so there was much excitement when the girls were able to move into their own home and start their new lives together.

The new boy’s home has been under construction for the past 12 months and is almost complete. Delays due to rain and lack of finance have held this project back. The boys moved into their new home in April 2012 although there is still a little work to be done before it is complete. The boys have spent the last 10 years living in makeshift accommodation so they are extremely happy with their new home.

A communal dining hall has also been erected on the site. The kitchen still needs to be installed and the plumbing and electricity needs to be sorted. At present it is used as a play area during the rainy reason and extra classroom when needed.

The next construction planned is the new girl’s home. Land has been cleared behind their existing home and construction is due to start soon. The start up money for this has come from a fundraiser held by friends of Our Home in Switzerland. Without their help the new home would be a long way off.

News Feed

July 2013

The village development is moving along well. The electricity came on at the boy's home (several months ago) after living for quite some time with only candle light. A new septic tank has been installed in the boys home and also the girls home. A water tank is now collecting water for bathing at the boys home. Many thanks go to Sam from Adelaide who made these things possible.

The builders are continually working on the new girl's home and hopefully it will be finished soon. It is going to be fantastic for the girls; 10 bedrooms so there will be more privacy and much more liveable area for them all. I'm sure another celebration will be in order when they move in.

There is now permanent accommodation for volunteers at Our Home, with 2 bamboo huts finished. They are set up behind the boy's home so volunteers can stay in the community but with some privacy of their own. They are very cosy- if also welcoming to quite a few lizards and other bugs.

A new road has been built to provide safe access to the village. The majority of this road was built by the hard manual labour of the older boys. They all worked hard with much determination to achieve an excellent result. Now they are hard at work in their spare time building retaining walls to stop erosion that is starting to occur. It is a joy to watch all children pitching in to help in whatever way they can. All their hard work is done with much laughter and a true sense of team work.

A few months ago Chacko arranged for the older children to attend a youth camp for 4 days. The children were all very excited as they left for camp, backpacks on their backs and smiles on their faces. This camp was a huge success and all had a fantastic time away.

There are still many things needed to complete Our Home Village but the progress that has been made so far is truly amazing.


How you can help

Our Home relies entirely on the generosity of donors and ongoing sponsors who enable us to continue to care for orphaned and homeless children. Together, we form an extended Our Home Family committed to making lasting change in the lives of our children.DONATE

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Our Home Community is a grass-roots organisation established by a local Keralan, Chacko K Mathew, which provides a safe and loving family environment for approximately 40 orphans and homeless children in Southern India.

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