For a child the world is a wonderful place to explore through the frame of family. That frame may be any shape, size, and on the odd occasion it’s toxic. But what if that frame is shattered?
Orphans from two districts in Tamil Nadu live in Alangayam and they are the happiest children I have ever met. Taken in by the pretty houses with pillars, balconies, landscaped gardens, and smiling faces, it’s far too easy to forget why the kids are here. The place is just so warm.
The children are well looked after here, the way an orphanage should be. – A Father at the School
The orphanage takes international volunteers and funding from all over the world and the simple sign that brings them all together? Hanging around a child’s neck is a cross.
Sitting far away at home I felt unsure of the ethics of such projects. Atheist slurs of ‘brainwashing’ seemed true of a system that took bereaved children and gave them no choice about their new religion.
But what does God offer them? The glue that holds their lives together is faith. The Fathers teach them that their parents are not truly lost to them; they teach the children that strength and joy will reward them with the divine. Whether you believe in Christianity or not, just ten minutes with these children will show you its magic.
Watch as a little girl runs up gleefully to the Father with her 100% ‘superstar’ homework. It may not be her father’s praise that she receives but she’ll never stop working hard because she believes that he can see her.