Greater Hope Children's Home

We are delighted to introduce you to the children that are part of the Greater Hope Children's Home in Bangalore, India!

 

The Bible challenges us in James 1:27 to “reach out to the widows and the orphans in distress”. It is telling us to care for people that do not have any means of supporting themselves. It also challenges us to reach out to the orphans and widows, not only in their vulnerability in the present, but also to the scars of the past that left them without guardians to care for them.

That is our mission at Greater Hope Orphanage in Bangalore, India. We have taken in children from some of the worst stories imaginable and given them a secure and stable home with food, shelter and safety. Beyond that, we work with our children to not only keep them safe, but also to help them heal from their wounds of the past. Our goal is that when they eventually leave us, they can step forward into their destiny with a smile on their faces.

 

The stories included here are just a few of the many success stories we have. We hope to continue writing and add to each of these stories with each coming year as we fulfill God’s command each and every day. Please read on to see the transformations and what our mission has accomplished. 

Some of these children are in need of a sponsor to help provide for their health, education, food, clothing and housing. Please prayerfully consider those children that touch your heart. If a child already has a sponsor, there will be a STAR * beside their name. All others are in need! Thank you for your prayers and your financial support! To sponsor a child, Please contact us and we will be glad to assist in the arrangements.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD

BASIC SUPPORT - Level One            $ 50 Per Month

Sponsor / Room & Board

BASIC SUPPORT - Level Two            $100 Per Month

Sponsor / Room & Board, School

BASIC SUPPORT - Level Three          $150 Per Month

Sponsorship / Room & Board, School, Healthcare

FACILITY SUPPORT                         $100 Per Month

Maintenance, Development, Expansion

Hariharan is a very talented young man and excels on the volleyball court. He is a top student and has always wanted to receive an education. Unlike many children, he would not have had one. His mother, a sick widow, could only earn enough money to feed herself and wanted to send Hariharan to work to support himself as a child. When a church member brought him to us, he begged us to send him to school. We admitted him immediately. He was once a starving and broken child. Now he is a smiling, bright and energetic young man that we all love. This boy who would have been a child laborer is now one of our top students. 

Age 12

Hariharan

Aishwarya is from the Belgaum District in Karnataka. She lost her father and mother when she was very young. Her aunt took care of her. However, things quickly changed when her aunt left the state to go marry a man and abandoned her.  She was admitted to our home.  She told us she didn’t want to go follow her aunt, because she wants to study in Bangalore to become a software engineer and have a better future.  Years later her aunt phoned us and told us that she had divorced her husband and was so depressed she didn’t want to see anyone, including the child she once cared for. We have not heard from her since. We thought it would be better to let Aishwarya think her aunt was still married and in a happy marriage.  Even so, Aishwarya is one of the happiest children in the world. It warms our heart to see her smiling each day. She loves playing volleyball. She still wants to become a software engineer to make programs that can help people with their lives.

Age 17

Aishwarya

Anusha and her siblings are total orphans having no mother or father. These children do have surviving elderly family members who are unable to care for them leaving them to their own devices which involved begging and living on the streets of Bangalore. This family of kids is the largest number that we have taken in at any one time. However, their needs were so obviously desperate we were compelled to bring them in to the Home. They have all reacclimated and are doing quite well. 

Age 9

Anusha

Christina is quite a scholar! She simply loves reading, especially devotional books, and her favorite book is the Bible. Even when most adults can’t muster the inspiration to read the Bible, she can’t get enough of it! This is a good thing, because she is getting to know her spiritual Father, as she didn’t know much of her physical Father. A friend of ours, Pastor Onesimu, found Christina and her sister left outside of his church gate like a package that was just delivered. Their mother left them there hoping that he could give them a brighter future and so he sent them straight to us. Since then, we’ve given Christina all the books and devotionals she could want and this bright young girl plans to be a software engineer when she grows up. We don’t think she’ll have any trouble with the assigned reading! 

Age 13

Christina

Daniel is a happy 11 year old boy, who loves soccer and wants to grow up to be a software engineer. He is a very talented young man, even for one who is so young and is a skilled dancer already. His story though is unbelievable. His father was an unstable drug addict that was highly abusive. He would torture Daniel and his two siblings in horrible ways and often would throw Daniel outside of the house like he was a soccer ball. His mother was able to divorce the man and came to us with young Daniel, begging us to give them the home she couldn’t. Since then Daniel has healed much. He is in a safe environment and is receiving an education that will help him with his future. Even after all of this, he does see his mother when she visits him and now has a chance to live a happy live. 

Age 11

Daniel

Dhana is a very good student, loves to dance and is a talented singer. She has studied and learned much in our time with her and we love to see her full heart. Her story is definitely turning out to be a happy one. Yet it didn’t start as one. As a child, Dhana’s abusive father would send her and her brother out to beg for money and bring it back to him, and he would beat her if she did not bring enough for him. Eventually, she ran away, continuing to beg and living off the money on the streets as she fled her home life. Yet thankfully, a social worker found her and sent her over to us, where she attended school for the first time. Now, with a warm bed instead of pavement, caring guardians instead of hateful parents and food given to her instead of earned by begging. Dhana plans to be a school teacher, giving children the education she almost didn’t have. 

Age 19

Dhana Lakshmi

Vetriel Sam is a truly sad story of paternal abandonment. Sam’s older sister suffers from severe physical, emotional and mental handicaps. Being unable to cope with the difficult circumstances with his children, Sam’s father decided to leave his family behind and simply disappear into the masses of people that populate India. As a result, Sam’s mother, being a full time care taker for her daughter, was not able to work. This led to great hardship for the family and a decision on Mom’s part to find a better place for Sam to live and receive an education. To our delight, she chose to bring him to Hope Home where he has been blooming under our care. 

Age 7

Vetriel Sam

Suriya is a kind young boy and a natural giver who needs no lectures on sharing. When it comes time for sports, don’t let his innocent look fool you, he is a passionate badminton player that runs the court for hours! Running seems to be something he has done well in life. His father eloped with another woman and left his mother with nothing financially. Suriya was constantly on the road with his siblings since he had never received an education or any stability. With all he went through, this wasn’t even the worse of his troubles. His father was unwilling to simply leave behind the life he left and wanted to find his children and sell them into slavery. His mother did everything she could to protect them, which included sending them to us. Now safe with no possibility of being a slave, Suriya is flourishing in this environment and is receiving a full education. Perhaps motivated by his own experiences, he wants o be a police office and run after the bad guys instead of from them. 

Age 11

Suriya

Shakthi is our resident intellectual. He is a daunting opponent on the chess board and reads the newspaper daily. He certainly can come up with some thought provoking commentaries. This boy, however, was mostly self taught when he came here. He had never attended school. His mother had died and his father became a deeply depressed alcoholic and lived with him on the streets. They slept in the walkway of a local market place. One of his father’s friends had Shakthi admitted with us . Since then we have given him the education, food and shelter he never had before. His father used to visit him, often drunk or under the influence of drugs, until he was hospitalized with liver failure. Since then, however, Shakthi has been one of our star students and also has shined outside of the classroom He is a gifted dancer as well, plays soccer and which he hopes to play professionally someday. 

Age 14

Shakthi Varma

Sharoon is a bright young man. He enjoys playing hockey, which is a rough contact sport, and that seems to fit history well. Sharoon’s parents were chronic alcoholics and unloving to their son. Deciding he wanted a better life, Sharoon ran away from home. Someone he met on his journey gave him our address. At the young age of just 8 years old, Sharoon navigated the city and found us all by himself. After doing the proper legal work and investigations he was ad‐ mitted with us. If you want to know if he likes it here better than his old home, take it from Sharoon himself as he told us, “God gave me more than my expectation, I am blessed to have so many brothers and sisters here. "I love my life!” Beautiful words coming from such a young child truly warm our hearts and remind us of the importance of the work we do. Sharoon wants to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up, though we hope he does inspirational speaking on the side! 

Age 11

Sharoon

Priya is a very bright young girl. She tells us she wants to be a doctor someday. She has the brains to make it happen and the kind spirit that goes along with it. It is an honor for us to raise a future public servant! Yet Priya wouldn’t have had that chance if she hadn’t come to us. She was in tremendous danger of being sold into child prostitution and it was only by the intervention of her family that we received her. We were able to keep her out of that market which swallows thousands of children each year. When she isn’t working on her biology classes, Priya likes playing volleyball and other sports to keep fit. She has two younger sisters with us that she enjoys spending time with and is an older sister to much of the orphanage as well. 

Age 14

Priya

Daniel is a happy 11 year old boy, who loves soccer and wants to grow up to be a software engineer. He is a very talented young man, even for one who is so young and is a skilled dancer already. His story though is unbelievable. His father was an unstable drug addict that was highly abusive. He would torture Daniel and his two siblings in horrible ways and often would throw Daniel outside of the house like he was a soccer ball. His mother was able to divorce the man and came to us with young Daniel, begging us to give them the home she couldn’t. Since then Daniel has healed much. He is in a safe environment and is receiving an education that will help him with his future. Even after all of this, he does see his mother when she visits him and now has a chance to live a happy live. 

Age 11

Daniel

David is a very athletic child. He is always run‐ ning around and playing all sorts of sports. He’s the picture of youth and he isn’t weak in the mind either. This little boy wants to be a mechanical engineer someday. We didn’t ever think that he’d be like this when we first met him. He came from an extremely poor family, David was chronically underweight and we were all very worried for his health. It took a great deal of work but now he is at a healthy weight and discovered he actually has a ravenous sweet tooth! Now that he is eating regularly and healthy again. David loves his sports almost as much as his sisters and is one of our best cricket players, having been healed in body and soul. 

Age 11

David

Magalina is a great student and is one of those children that you could easily envision being a doctor someday. She has a long history with doctors, as well. When she came to us, brought by her dying grandfather, she contracted dengue fever. This is an extremely dangerous disease that frequently kills the children it infects and Magalina looked like she was going to be next. She was in the hospital for 72 hours and hovered near death for all of it. Pastor Paul Venkatesh spent all of that time running behind doctors pushing them to treat her. He would go himself on foot in the middle of the night to push a cart to get white blood cells to help her. It paid off and she made it out of the hospital alive and well. She is a perfectly healthy child now and gives God the thanks for her recovery. If she ever decides to become a doctor, she will have our full support. 

Age 12

Magalena

Gowtham and his brother John’s father aban‐ doned his family. After investigation we found that he is in Odisha state living with another woman. All of this has occurred because the mother is suffering greatly with tuberculosis and is unable to work. She is now living with her mother. Grandmother wants to take care of the kids and help them to receive schooling, but she is old and not able to work to support both her daughter and the children. To complicate matters further, their mother has been told that she will not have much more time as the TB is clearly taking her life. These are two of the most darling and gentle boys and how they like to play games! 

Age 8

Gowtham

John Victor has spent his whole life with us. We received him when he was just an infant. We have given him food, shelter, education, love, a spiritual upbringing and protection from the worst of the world around him. We are grateful that we have had him for so long because if he hadn’t come with us, his upbringing would have been very different. His mother and father were in a very unhappy marriage and would argue and fight with each other every day. After his father eloped with another women and his mother ran away with another man shortly afterwards, John Victor was left in the care of his elderly, near death grandfather who brought him to us. Whether he would have grown up in the unstable household he was born in, or with a sick grandfather, or worse, be left on the streets, we don’t know. The good thing is he has had the happiest childhood imaginable and that we don’t have to worry about what would have happened. 

Age 10

John Victor

James has just recently come to us. A few weeks ago, James’ mother came to the Home and asked if we could possibly keep James for a few days. Not knowing her intent, we agreed to take care of him until her return. After contacting her, she came back to the house to meet with Pastor Paul. During the course of their discussion it became clear that she did not intend to take her little son with her. With James present she forcefully said ‘I cannot take care of him, I don’t want him any more’! You can imagine the heart break from such a response. It was hard enough for us, not to mention young James. When she gave him to us, he came with nothing but the clothes on his back. No school records, no medical information, nothing to help us develop a care plan for James. By God’s grace he is healthy and a ready learner. Not only has he fit right in with our other children, but he is fast becoming a favorite! 

Age 5

James

Jenifer is a cheery and friendly young girl that loves Jesus and giving to other people. She likes living with us and now leads a com‐ fortable and stable life. When we first met her she was a homeless child. She was filthy, barely clothed, starving and had been living on the road for far too long. Her over‐ whelmed older brother was trying to take care of her and her brother after their fa‐ ther’s death. He needed help and brought her to us. We asked her if she’d like to live in our home. Jenifer didn’t even need a second to think, she said yes before we could even finish the sentence! It turns out that was a good decision, she is happy with her new home and loves badminton and track and field. Jenifer wants to be a doctor who visits remote and poor villages. Perhaps she is thinking that she can bring some of the love and grace she has found here to people like her. 

Age 10

Jenifer

Chandana definitely enjoys her life and she is growing spiritually. She is 14 years old, likes playing badminton and strangely enough enjoys eating her vegetables. However, this sweet girl was once a slave along with her mother and brother in a household of cultists. Her mother, paying off a never‐ending debt after her husband passed away was afraid that the owners may use her children as a human sacrifice. This is common for practitioners of witchcraft and she immediately contacted us to save her children’s lives. We received them and have given them a happy, safe environment ever since. Chandana loves her brother and wants to be a school teacher someday and now finally has the chance to do so with us. 

Age 14

Chandana

Chandrakanth loves to give to others, and even at his young age wants to grow up to be a soldier so he can protect people and save lives. He is very mature for his age and for good reason. Poor Chandrakanth was abandoned after his aunt, who adopted him after his parents passed away, left to go elope with a man. He never wanted to go with her to begin with. He wanted to go to Bangalore, where we are based, to study. So three years ago, he and his sister were driven 357 miles to our home and admitted. Chandrakanth is free of his past and cared for every day by our staff. He loves playing volleyball with his sister and can’t stop eating strawberries, no matter how many we give him. We believe he could be the happiest child in the world now and we are overjoyed to have helped make that happen. 

Age 15

Chandrakanth

We think Charan is the cheeriest person in the country. He is an amazing volleyball player and will eat anything. With the other children, he is always kind to each of them and will do anything to protect or help them. Maybe this is because he knows what it is like to be unwanted. After his father left his mother when he was just five years old, Charan was in grave danger as his mother planned to give him away. As she considered this, one of our friends, a pastor, prayed with her and encouraged her to send young Charan to us. Eleven years later, as an 18 year old, Charan has food, shelter, is being given an education. He is loved and cared for each day. He just began his college education and can’t wait to finish so that he can help others with similar circumstances. 

Age 16

Charan

Dharshan loves to play Kabbadi, a local sport that is competitive version of the game Tag. Seeing him running around and smiling, we couldn’t think of a person more free than him. Considering we rescued Dharshan out of slavery, this is definitely a pleasing thought. After his father passed away his mother, along with Dharshan and his sister were made slaves in the household of another family. His mother however, threatened the owners with calling us about her children, which would attract police attention, so the owners released Dharshan and his sister to us anonymously. We never located the owners or their mother. Dharshan no longer has to work under ruthless owners just to eat. He loves black grapes and the Chicken Biriyani we prepare for him. Since he wants to grow up and be a sports coach, that explains the appetite! 

Age 12

Dharshan Gowda

Edwin is one of the happiest children we have. He is friendly with all the other children and is a great friend to each of them and has a servant’s heart. He loves to hang out with his friends and play Cricket, which of course, involves a lot of running around. Running around is something Edwin was used to doing in his past. After the death of his father, his sick mother entrusted him and his sister to their older brother, who was just 23 years old and worked on the road. He had to take Edwin everywhere he went which meant leaving him with no home, no security and terrible living conditions. After we received Edwin, he as been the heart of the orphanage now that he has a safe home. He wants to be a police officer in his future, to continue to serve all people after he finds his next home. 

Age 15

Edwin

Tulasi and her siblings are total orphans having no mother or father. These children do have surviving elderly family members who were unable to care for them leaving them to their own devices which involved begging and living on the streets of Bangalore. This family of kids is the largest number that we have taken in at any one time. However, their needs were so obviously desperate that we were compelled to bring them in to the Home. They have all reacclimated and are doing quite well. 

Age 9

Tulasi

Sindhu is a young girl with a very strong faith. At just 11 years old she feels the call to be a pastor, and is compassionate to all those less fortunate than her. But she did not have an easy start in life. Sindhu came from a family with an abusive father that made her life a living nightmare. He was perpetually under the influence of drugs and fighting with her mother. Yet even after her mother left her father, Sindhu’s trials were not over as they plunged straight down into poverty. At the end of this season, Sindhu and her two brothers were brought to us and given a home, and their mother was given a job as a maid nearby that she could support herself. Sindhu now has the testimony of redemption and the environment to train to be come a pastor. Her mother is able to visit her regularly. Outside of study, she is a talented dancer and enjoys track and field, running the race to win on and off the field. 

Age 12

Sindhu

Ashwini is a bright child and seems like a normal, happy girl. She loves to play the sport Kho Kho, spend time with her brother and has a passion for helping the elderly. However no one would ever guess her past. Ashwini is a survivor with a testimony. After her father passed away, her very ill mother wanted to send her to work in child labor to support her family. A concerned church member sent her to us, and we were able to admit her to a safe environment. But her story isn’t over yet. She came to us with a serious skin disease and for months two of our staff members, Shanthi and Uma, would apply ointment and pray for healing day and night. Now, fully healed, 16 years old Ashwini is studying to be a teacher and has a bright future ahead of her. 

Age 16

Ashwini

Bharathi is a little girl that is on fire for the Lord. She sought out baptism and we can’t get her to stop talking during our studies and she knows how the Lord can redeem! Bharathi’s mother was divorced suddenly and left with three children she couldn’t take care of and didn’t want to. However it was only when Bharathi’s mother decided to sell her older sister into slavery that Bharathi was rescued and taken to us. She has grown up so much since then. She loves playing soccer and is a generous child to those around her. After seeing what almost happened to her sister at just 14 years old Bharathi has told us she wants to become a police officer to protect people from situations like the one she may have been in herself if she didn’t come to us. 

Age 14

Bharathi

Nithish is a great student and loves many different subjects. He has yet to choose what to settle down with as a career plan, however, he is young though and has time to decide. He is very easy to get along with and as healthy as can be. This makes us so proud of the progress little Nithish has made. His parents were bedridden for all of his childhood and he spent much of this life sitting at home isolated and alone. He became very angry at life and struggled to go to school regularly. It was uncertain if he’d ever receive an education. All of this led up to him being chronically underweight. Once
his health was in danger a family friend finally brought him to us. Now he is eating properly, studying very well and worked with us for months on his anger. After learning to let it go and enjoy his new home, Nithish is looking forward to what the future may bring. 

Age 14

Nithish

Christina is quite a scholar! She simply loves reading, especially devotional books, and her favorite book is the Bible. Even when most adults can’t muster the inspiration to read the Bible, she can’t get enough of it! This is a good thing, because she is getting to know her spiritual Father, as she didn’t know much of her physical Father. A friend of ours, Pastor Onesimu, found Christina and her sister left outside of his church gate like a package that was just delivered. Their mother left them there hoping that he could give them a brighter future and so he sent them straight to us. Since then, we’ve given Christina all the books and devotionals she could want and this bright young girl plans to be a software engineer when she grows up. We don’t think she’ll have any trouble with the assigned reading! 

Age 13

Christina

Monica is one of the sweetest children you’ll
ever meet and can melt your heart from a mile away. She has a smile that we simply can’t say no to and we think she knows it! Yet this smiling little girl was one of nine children of a mother that could simply not support so many. She was left outside the gate of a sister church of ours, without any belongings or even assurance that she would be found and delivered to us. The pastor filed a police complaint and was paired with our orphanage. Thank goodness they did, as now she is here and safe with us! Even in her
youth, Monica is a deeply generous child and brings warmth to the whole orphanage. Someday she hopes to put those qualities to good use and become a police officer, perhaps someday answering a call like the one that brought her here to us. 

Age 10

Monica

Monisha and her siblings are total orphans having no mother or father. These children do have surviving elderly family members who were unable to care for them. The children was left to their own devices which involved begging and living on the streets of Bangalore. This family of kids is the largest number that we have taken in at any one time. However, their needs were so obviously desperate we were compelled to bring them in to the Home. They have all re-acclimated and are doing quite well. 

Age 12

Monisha

Manjula has told us many times how much she loves it at the orphanage and how safe she feels here. She is a peaceful child, does well in school and is very well behaved. We do our best to give the children an ideal environment to grow up in. Manjula didn’t always have a safe place to live in her life. She has been an orphan virtually all her life and was raised by her grandmother. Then her grandmother passed away as well, with no warning. Manjula had no idea what her future would be and likely would have been homeless if her school teacher hadn’t stepped in. Yet the story isn’t over yet. Her teacher took her to many orphanages in Bangalore, but did not stop at the first or the second. She went through several and turned them all down because she did not feel Manjula would be happy with them. It wasn’t until the teacher found our staff praying and watched us that she felt secure to leave Manjula with us. She has had a wonderful time every since. 

Age 17

Manjula

Jothy is a sweet servant at heart. She loves to help the other children with anything she can; their school work, their sports activities, get‐ ting dressed, or anything she can do. One could say she has definitely adapted to this home well. This is understandable, as this is the first home she’s ever had. Her mother, after Jothy’s father abandoned his family for another woman, could not make ends meet and had to travel frequently with her children. Jothy had no home, no school and no stability,. Each day she found herself in a strange new place. Now that she has a home, Jothy is a very happy child and loves to play soccer in her free time. Someday she hopes to become a police officer to both serve and protect the people full time. 

Age 14

Jothy

Lalith is one of our most musical children and has the best sense of rhythm of anyone in the building. On top of that he loves to dance and you’d be amazed at well he does. This little artist however wouldn’t have had much of a chance to play if his mother hadn’t brought him to us. After she divorced their abusive father, Lalith’s mother was unable to make ends meet. They livied in a dilapidated house with barely any food for months. She finally heard about us and brought us Lalith. Since then he has been very happy and we were even able to give his mother a place in our house as a maid where she visits Lalith often! He keeps up‐to‐date with the community by reading the newspaper. Though he is so gifted in music, his true dream is to be software engineer. 

Age 14

Lalith

John is definitely a deep thinker. While some American children his age prefer to read a Facebook post, John is already reading the newspaper daily and keeping up to date with local events. This is definitely remarkable because until he came to us, John never had attended school. His parents divorced and the poverty that was imposed on his mother made her unable to give him the education he wanted. Instead, John became a vagabond along with his two sisters. After he was brought to us, we’ve provided him with schooling and he has done amazingly well. He wants to put this to good use and become a politician someday. We hope to see his name in the very same newspapers he likes to read. 

Age 13

Johns

Hari is a very sweet child. He loves to serve others in need, and is a big brother to the other children. He is a great student and enjoys playing cricket with his friends. Today his future looks bright, yet it didn’t always. Hari’s parents refused to send him to school. Instead his abusive father sent him and his sister to go beg for money that he would bring back home so his father could spend it on himself. A slave to his own parents, Hari was given no education, barely any food, regularly beaten and lived life in a squalor. He ran away after that and told us that he preferred sleeping on the pavement of the streets to staying in his parent’s house. A social worker called us ten days after he ran away and we replaced the concrete he slept on with a nice bed and the time begging with school, food and rest. Hari aspires to be an Indian army officer someday and in the meantime he can study and enjoy his life without fighting just to survive. 

Age 12

Hari

Jancy is a natural servant. It is just in her nature to help with chores and the other children when they are in need. She does this all out of her own free will. However, she wasn’t always given the choice. After her father abandoned her mother, Jancy’s family went into extreme poverty. Jancy’s mother, desperate enough to resort to this, decided she would sell Jancy into slavery for about $75. Yet, a heroic man saw the transaction taking place and intervened, rescued Jancy from a very dark future and took her to us. Jancy now is working hard to improve her grades and wants to someday teach children. 

Age 16

Jancy

John and his brother Gowtham’s father abandoned his family. After investigation we found that he is in Odisha state living with another woman. All of this had occurred because the mother was suffering greatly with tuberculosis and was unable to work. Their mom is now living with her mother. The boys’ grandmother wants to take care of the kids and help them to receive schooling, but she is old and not able to work to support both her daughter and the children. To complicate matters further, their mother has been told that she will not have much more time as the TB is clearly taking her life. These are two of the most darling and gentle boys and how they like to play games! 

Age 5

John