Children's Home in Madarapakkam

Ivoclar Vivadent supports the Children's Home in Madarapakkam in India. This centre has been set up to give a home to street children, orphans, half-orphans and children whose families are unable to care for them.

Madarapakkam is a small town in India. It has a population of about 30,000 and is located 70 km to the north of Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is here that Edwin Yesudian, together with his mother, runs a Children's Home housing 35 children. The home was set up by his father over 60 years ago.
The Children’s Home accommodates street children, orphans, half-orphans and children whose families cannot look after them. It gives them not only a roof over the head, a place to sleep, clothing, food and medical care but also affection and care. The home also teaches the children the teachings of the bible. They live in an extended family of approx. 50 people and attend the local school, where they are taught reading, writing, arithmetics and some English.
However, the Children’s Home needs money to pay for school and tuition fees, school uniforms, school supplies and other necessary items. They also lack money to pay for repairs required for the ongoing maintenance of the facilities.
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Kirsten Stenzel Maurer has been backing the Children's Home for 13 years now and was joined in her efforts by Elisabeth Frommelt 8 years ago. They visit the Home at their own expense once a year - usually at the beginning of the new school year in April / May – to make sure that the money raised by donation is spent correctly. On their last visit in April 2018, they again approved allocation of the funds to pay for the school and tuition fees of the school year ahead and for initiating all impending repair work.

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Rice field farming, initiated in November 2013, has successfully proceeded to the point that it has been cost-covering for the first time. Last year’s harvest yielded enough rice to cover the Home’s annual consumption of rice of 3,600 kg. This has been achieved not least because of the tractor, which was purchased 3 years ago and has significantly contributed towards optimizing the work on the rice field. In addition, the field offers two locals an opportunity to earn some additional income on occasional days by working away from their own rice fields - this benefits both the Children’s Home and the workers. The utilization rate of the tractor still needs to be improved by using it for external operations.
 
With the acquisition of a small pool of sewing machines, the women should also be provided with a small source of income in the future. A young woman at the Children’s Home is currently undergoing training as a seamstress and will teach the women how to use the sewing machines correctly. This will enable them to mend their own clothes and carry out small sewing jobs for others.
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