Child Development Initiatives
Many children in India and other poor countries suffer from deprivation, disease, hunger, illiteracy and poverty and consequently live without chances, choices and opportunities. Poverty does not only threaten children by depriving them of the capabilities needed to survive, develop and thrive. It also widens social, economic and gender disparities that prevent children from enjoying their childhood and undermine protective family and community environments, leaving children vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, violence and discrimination. Franciscan Missionary Brothers responding to the call of Jesus, “let the little children come to me,” (Mt. 19:14) work with children in difficulties through programs such as orphanages, children’s homes, rehabilitation of disabled children, save a child program, supplementary education and children parliaments in order to snap the self-reinforcing cycle of hunger, poverty and disease – one life, one child, and one family at a time.
In the heart of every child is a hunger for home. Not just for food and a place to sleep, but for safety and community. Most importantly for love. Our children’s’ homes are much more than this: a home for the orphans, neglected and poor children. The Brothers first started their orphanage in Mumbai in 1906 and it’s a long way we have come. Over the years we have started many more; today we have 50 orphanages/children’s homes in India and Sri Lanka educating over 2,000 poor children.