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  • Tommy Marrett with two sponsored children
    Make a difference

    For €15 a month you can become part of a childs life.You can be responsible for feeding, clothing and educating a child.

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  • Building in progress at the Rajasthan orphanage
    Building projects

    Help out with a building project. It doesn't matter how small - your donation makes a difference.

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  • Children at the Orissa orphanage with gifts given by Tommy Marrett
    Gifts for children

    Donate money for gifts - footballs, cricket bats, skipping ropes etc., that benefit all the children in the orphanage.

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  • Children at an Education Centre
    Education Centres

    Help educate children from the low caste peoples, who without Sharing Hands would never have a education.

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  • Food being provided for the children's birthday party
    Food and Medical

    Help support Sharing Hands in their food and medical outreaches, to those who would otherwise do without.

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  • Happy smiling children at the Chennai orphanage
    Visit Sharing Hands

    Come to India, meet with your sponsored child and visit parts of India that are not on the tourist list.

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Andhra Pradesh

Carrying water to the Andhra Pradesh home used to be a huge task.

A water pump at the Andhra Pradesh children's home
It wasn’t till 2008 that someone had donated the finances to dig a bore well and put a pump in. For the first time the children and six caretakers had water at their door, which before that had to be carried long distances to reach the home. This water was not only necessary for drinking but also for washing.

Caring for the children of Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh is situated on the country's south eastern coast and is historically called the "Rice Bowl of India" More than 77% of its crop is rice. It lies in the south eastern region of India, with Bay of Bengal on the east and shares boundaries with Orissa on the north, Tamil Nadu on the south and Karnataka on the west. Andhra Pradesh is the 5th largest state in India and the largest in South India, with an area of 2,75,086 kms, being almost the size of New Zealand in terms of area.

The Andhra Pradesh children’s home is the smallest of all four, but there is a new building almost complete. The present home is actually a small church with cement sheets on the roof and the children eat and sleep on the floor of it. This is their home and it is a place of joy, fun and smiles. I have visited it many times and always bring the children gifts as I do to all the children’s homes.

Unfortunately the finances were not available to build toilet facilities, so the children still had to use the fields. But fortunately none were ever bitten by snakes and like all the Sharing Hands kids, they are the most happiest, lovable and adorable kids in the world.

Andhra Pradesh orphan kids with new school bags


  • Chennai

    This is where it all started, with a couple who had a vision and a heart for the unwanted children of India. It was through the love and sacrifice of John and Rachel that has brought about the birth of Sharing Hands.

  • Rajasthan

    The Rajasthan orphanage project was given to Tommy Marrett by Sharing Hands as an Irish project. Within a few months the funds were raised to buy the land and lay the foundations for what now has become a home for many children who have come from difficult backgrounds.

  • Orissa

    The children in the Orissa home have some of the most heart breaking stories of them all. Many of them had seen their parents, grandparents and family members killed and now live with these terrible memories.

  • Andhra Pradesh

    All these lovely beautiful children eat, sleep and live on the floor of a small church. But every time I meet them they are full of happiness and joy and thank God daily for the blessings for what they have.

  • Sponsor a Child

    This is one way in which each and everyone of us can help. Between us all we can make a difference to the lives of these children.