World Mission Appeal – India
“I want to see my parents happy for me becoming someone great in the future.” – Vikhonuo, aged 15
Nestled high in India’s mountainous north‑east is the state of Nagaland, where, due to its remoteness, many people do not have access to electricity or running water, let alone education and varied career opportunities.
The communities in these areas often rely on subsistence farming and local trade, as they have for many generations. This means that children like fifteen‑year‑old Vikhonuo are not always given the opportunity to follow their dreams.
Vikhonuo is fortunate to live at the Eden Gardens Children’s Home, a place where 250 children from remote and disadvantaged backgrounds are given access to education, as well as a safe home that fulfils their physical and spiritual needs.
Children from Eden Gardens in class at the school in Khuzama town
The Eden Gardens Children's Home, nestled in the mountains of Nagaland
Children are encouraged to develop their creativity through music and art
The children are provided with all basic needs, including nutritious meals
Fr Rajesh joins the children, shooting some hoops during leisure time
The children are taught to be independent, with basic chores such as washing a part of everyday life at the Home
Studying hard during a tuition session
Sister Avila is a much-loved mentor and guide, especially for the girls at the Home
“We are just trying to give direction to their dreams … that is the main aim,” says Father Rajesh Lobo, who runs the home with Father Raymond De Souza.
In addition to the ongoing struggle of covering running costs, the home is currently faced with water shortages.
Distressingly, the water tanks at the home do not hold enough water to last through the dry season, and water must be rationed due to unpredictable weather. This can put a strain on the staff and children at the home, as necessities such as washing are sometimes cut, and purchasing and transporting water is very costly.
“We are just trying to give direction to their dreams … that is the main aim.” Fr Rajesh with Vikhonuo.
The Eden Gardens Children’s Home strives to provide the children with their basic needs, and with support from generous donors like you, can continue doing so for years to come.
Please help missionaries like Father Raymond and Father Rajesh as they provide the physical and spiritual water for children like Vikhonuo in India and around the world!