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Orissa Building Project

Extension to Orissa Children's Home
New home for Rajasthan children under construction

In February 2012 Sharing Hands got a phone call from an unknown person who gave them a warning about the change of politics in the region where we had the children’s home in Rajasthan. After a few weeks and a government election, the changes started to become evident. There was a political change happening because the New elected political party was so anti-Christian and against all Christian organisations.

That was a very unfortunate time for us at Sharing Hands because we had just found a builder to build some extra housing facility for the children in Rajasthan, but because Sharing Hands was new in Rajasthan the Bank in Rajasthan did not help us in any way. Meanwhile the Bank in Orissa where we have the Orissa children’s home, came forward to consider our petition for a Building Loan.

Workers concreting the roof of the new building
Workers concreting the roof of the new building

The situation was giving Sharing Hands quite a lot to think about and the political party which took full power in the region where we had the Rajasthan children home started to pester us. The politicians from the new party use to call around during lunch hours or dinner hours and demand food for themselves. A few weeks later we approached a government office to ask for permission to build the new extension for the children’s home, but when the news reached the politicians they started to demand big amounts of money to grant the permission. Because this party will be in power for the next 5 or 10 years it was becoming quite clear that this was not going be a safe place for the children and because of their anti-Christian policy it was becoming obvious that the persecution was going to continue.

New building to relocate Rajasthan children
New building for Rajasthan children

It was one thing the Sharing Hands workers facing persecution and torture, but what became a major concern was putting the lives of so many children in danger. So as board we decided to move the children to a safe area and thus we landed in Orissa. But Orissa’s children home was already bursting in numbers so there was no place for the new incoming children from Rajasthan. So we rented a few houses together nearby and placed the children in them and then joined them in the local schools.

And meanwhile putting our faith on God we received the Loan from the Orissa bank and started the construction of the new building and step by step the Lord provided the finances needed and today the building is complete. So we brought the all the Rajasthan kids into the Orissa home complex and all the children have comfortable beds, study rooms, dining hall, and a playground etc.

New Home
This building will house the children from Rajasthan

So now we have the Rajasthan children and Orissa children both together in Orissa. Thank God for the Hindi language school, because of which the Rajasthan kids have no problem with the language because it is the same language. If we would have brought them to Chennai they would have struggled with the different language. We struggled to sell the piece of land in Rajasthan because of the political pressure but finally a plantation company bought it and we did not lose out financally and were able to put the money into the new home.


  • 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.

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