FRIENDLY HOME, ALANGAYAM

Friendly Home as it is known is a Children´s Village where we give the poor children, who are orphans or semi-orphans,good education and accommodation in a family set up. It was inaugurated on 13 June 2011. It is not a single unit of building but several units of buildings. At present we have completed three units. When it was started, it had only one unit having 16 children with a care-taker. In June 2012, the second unit was ready and this year we have in each unit 13 children. On 18 September 2012, the third unit was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. A. Dharmaraj, the Provincial, in the presence of the benefactors from Germany. This unit-system is created to give the children afamily-feeling oftheir own, whereby love, concern and care are shared by its members.

Fr. A. Jeyakumar was appointed as the first Director of the Friendly Home. Fr. L. Arul Sundaram succeeded him in June 2012. There were 16 children (9 girls and 7 boys) in the first year.Some of them are coming from Christian families and others from Hindu background. Among the 16 children 4 of them are orphans and rest of them are semi orphans. And this year we recruited 10 children (6 girls & 4 boys)

There is a caretaker who completed teacher training. She takes care of the children and takes regular tuition for them. On working days the children have their study time in the morning and go to school at 9 am and they come back at 4 pm. There after they have their games and tea, followed by tuition. On holidays the children have a variety of activities namely study, singing class, spoken English, gardening and games. This dream project is run by the province in collaboration with our priests working in Germany and their parishes in Germany. The initiative was taken by Fr. JB. Thadews and his parish plays a leading role in this project.