The home is situated to the south west of Hyderabad, India and was established in 1999 by Tim and Sarah Galbraith as a home for the children of street lepers. Over the years that home has grown and now has a dual role, it continues to be a home to 118 children between the ages of 2 and 18, but it is also a care home for 24 elderly residents. The young and the elderly live, work and play side by side in a secure and loving environment which is based upon a love and joy of God's Word the Bible.
The primary role of the home is to provide for the basic physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of both the elderly and the young... i.e. food, shelter, clothing, education... friendship, mentoring, love, affection, guidance... and faith. The hope being that the vicious social and cultural stigma and prejudicial circle associated with leprosy can be overcome and that these children will then be able to support their own extended families through employment.
Over the past ten years many brothers and sisters have given their precious and valuable time to supporting the work of the home. These volunteers have come from all over the world, from the UK, America, Australia, New Zealand, India and Canada and have provided a committed and passionate resource to the work at the home.
We continue to encourage Christadelphians who can commit to more than twelve weeks continuous stay at the home to apply to be a volunteer. The work is challenging but rewarding and you may well find yourself involved in various tasks from teaching English to supporting Sunday School, from leading a CYC to befriending an elder.
If you can say yes to all the following then we would like to hear from you:
Times are hard everywhere in this troubled world and India is no exception, presently inflation has reached 14%, but for the poor in real terms this is more like 18% as the basics, food, fuel, education and health have risen even more during early 2010 and on top of this the lower exchange rates have seriously eroded the income received by the home.
If you can assist by making a one off donation or provide a regular donation by standing order it would be of tremendous help to those in need. Sometimes we might feel that £5 per month is hardly worth making the arrangement, but a number of such donations make a huge difference to the life of the elderly and children... below are some of the ways your funding can make a difference...
£25 funds the uniform for one child for a year, £100 funds one child's education for a year and £200 would finance a college placement for one of the older children, £25 funds one child at Sunday School for a year!
£15 per month funds one of the elder's monthly medical needs, £75 per month finances a nurse 2 days a week for a month, £10 funds one child to have 5 items of fruit and vegetables per day for a month!
Your contribution will go towards providing a home and education for the children and care for the elderly who otherwise would live in very difficult and poor circumstances.
With additional volunteer support from Christadelphians around the world Shunem provides sound Bible based teaching for spiritual growth to prepare the young for a life before God and support the elderly through their later years.
If you would like to make a donation or regular contribution then contact Mike Page from Pershore on the contact form below or by post using the address in the CALS diary for The Shunem Home.
Alternatively you can make a donation through PayPal using the button below and the email address 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.