We all know life is a battle. But living is so much harder when you have so little, those around you seem so heartless, and you see no hope. Thirteen years ago, Jayanthi*, whose husband had gone and who had no money, in the heat of a despairing moment ended her life.
She left behind two young children, a son Krish* aged 5 and a daughter, Shanti* aged 3. Parentless, directionless and destitute, the future for this brother and sister was bleak and black. Uluru Children’s Home took them.
For the next 13 years, the Uluru house mother, social workers and teachers nursed them, loved them, cared for them, provided them a shoulder to cry on, and the other 80 children at Uluru Children’s Home became their brothers and sisters with whom they rode their bikes to school and returned to Uluru Children’s Home for care, tutoring, meals, shelter and lots of love. It was there that they were taught the discipline of team sport and martial arts along with the beauty and discipline of South Indian music, singing and dance.
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When you first meet the children at the Uluru Children's Home in rural South East India, the most striking and surprising thing is just how bright, happy and welcoming they are. What you learn about them from there onward is that these are wonderful, talented, smart and creative little individuals with an exciting future ahead of them thanks to The East West Foundation of India.
The East West Foundation of India established the Uluru Children’s Home in a beautiful remote, rural setting on the water on the South East Coast of India in 2001. Our goal was to provide a safe, happy and healthy home for children in need.
Our children come to us orphaned, semi-orphaned, abandoned and destitute. They often come from extremely traumatic backgrounds. When they come to our home they are welcomed into the open arms of our House Mother and our staff. From that moment on they are nurtured with love and care in an environment which strives to help them realize their full potential in spite of all the odds.
In India the number of abandoned children especially females, is high and continuously on the rise despite the government and NGO’s doing their best to curtail this. In working with the community through our health centre, we became very concerned about this problem along with the high rate of female infanticide. Our concern and the needs of the community motivated the Foundation to start the Uluru Children's Home as a home for abandoned girls. However, after the Tsunami in 2004, the number of destitute male children in surrounding communities began to rise and to meet this urgent need of our communities we expanded our children's home to welcome them in too.
Our children are given a permanent home and a whole new direction for the rest of their lives. They are raised in an environment that gives them life prospects they would otherwise be denied. Quality health care, education, enhanced educational programs, extra-curricular education and initiatives aimed at building self-sufficiency, self-esteem and self-care are all part of this.
Our children range from the very small through to university students and graduates. We we are extremely proud of each and every one of them and of their individual achievements, hopes and dreams. Over the years, UCH has provided sanctuary to over 120 children in need.
We strive to ensure that the lives of our children are as fulfilling as possible. To help make their childhoods rewarding and stimulating our children learn classic Indian dance (Bharathanatyam), Carnatic music (including singing and playing instruments such as the tabla) and karate. We are very proud to say that 37 of our children have obtained a Black Belt in Karate. They also enjoy playing volleyball, badminton and their absolute favourite sport -cricket!
Our children receive a well rounded and broad education but also perform very well at school. We started the Uluru Nursery and Primary School to educate our younger children from day one along with children from our communities. Our English medium school is vibrant, interactive and digitally enabled and provides a wonderful learning environment.
We are also extremely proud of our eight university graduates from the Uluru Children's Home along with our two children who have completed vocational training courses, nine children currently studying at university and our four recent +2 graduates who are moving forward to bigger and better things.
We currently provide sanctuary and a home for 41 children in need and their future is very bright thanks to The East West Foundation of India and our Uluru Children's Home. Even more exciting is that we have provision and capacity for more children and we are actively seeking to bring more children in need into our care.
Set on the water amidst farming and fishing villages on the beautiful South East Coast of India, The East West Foundation of India is a charitable and educational organisation committed to working towards the development and empowerment of the socially and economically marginalised communities in rural India. We achieve this through a range of initiatives in health care, education, children’s rights and relief, community development programs, and environmental projects.
Our mission is working with disadvantaged communities in rural India to provide long-term, sustainable improvements to quality of life through a range of relief and development initiatives.
Our vision is communities in rural India which are vibrant, healthy, and safe, and where each person has access to opportunities to reach their full potential.
Please help us to provide a beautiful, happy, healthy and safe home for more of the many children in need and donate to The East West Foundation of India.
Kolam by our children