Making a difference for the most vulnerable
All the Bethesda children have come from difficult situations - whether homeless orphans or otherwise unable to receive the care and attention they need to grow up in a healthy environment.
After ten years living in the Bethesda home, this boy said:
"I am so grateful and thankful to God for giving me this beautiful Bethesda home. I couldn't imagine a life without Bethesda. We are cared by good matrons and loving people. We are given good food, clothing and shelter. We are dropped and picked by our home bus. Our school is 7 kilometers away from our home. Our home staff accompany us to school and they take care of us. We are nurtured with good morals and discipline. We are so comfortable and happy to stay in this beautiful home. We play, water the plants, do gardening, do painting and colouring and swimming."
Our main aim is to provide reliable ongoing support for each child's welfare by enabling people to sponsor one or more of the children.
Every month other supporters help Sam, Laisha, Glory and the team to meet the needs of the 100+ children in their care.
£24 meets a child's food, education and care needs (along with the Gift Aid we claim on eligible donations). If that is more than you can afford, there are other levels of support that might suit you better.
Once your sponsorship is set up:
You can also make a one-off donation.
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Bethesda Children’s Foundation expenses are currently met by the directors so all of your money reaches the children's home. We do not expect this to change significantly in the future but if it does, we will, of course let you know.
All our children will have only one sponsor. The sponsor will not share their sponsor child with another. So, we select a child for you to avoid two or more sponsors selecting the same child.
We're still seeking and praying for sponsors for all the children in the home. Children who don't have sponsors might feel less important or special than those who do. Because of this the children themselves don't know whether they are being sponsored. If visiting the home we ask that sponsors don't treat the child they're sponsoring differently and don't identify themselves as the sponsor.
We receive a list of children at least once a year and keep our records in step as best we can. If the child you are sponsoring moves on from the home we will be in touch to let you know how they are doing and ask whether you'd like to start supporting another child.
Sometimes children continue to be supported by Bethesda Mission Trust if they continue in eduction after 18 - if this is the case we will contact you to see whether you'd like to continue supporting them, or would rather start sponsoring a younger child.
The children who are cared for by Bethesda have come from family situations where they are not being cared for. They have been judged by the Indian Social Care Authority to be at risk, and need to be looked after away from the family. Other possibilities like being cared for by extended family are considered before they reach this stage.
Once welcomed into the home the welfare of the children is carefully monitored by the authorities through weekly reports (which take a lot of time for the Bethesda staff to prepare) and regular visits. Following a surprise visit in 2019 the inspectors judged the Bethesda home to be the best in the district!
A committee of representatives of the children meets weekly to discuss ideas and issues that are collected from all the children. They are encouraged to maintain contact with their family and they can return if the authorities judge the situation to have improved enough.
Culture and infrastructure to allow for more fostering or adoption to families does not seem to be present in south India at the moment, we can pray that the situation moves towards this. For now the Bethesda home represents the best chance these children have for a happy, healthy, supported, loving environment - and this judged by the Indian government authorities, which is not aligned with Christianity.