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After the extremist’s attacks against Christians there were many children left orphaned in Orissa.
Orissa is on the Bay of Bengal with the eastern part which is close to the sea being more prosperous. The western part is a hilly and forested area and is generally drought prone. While it is a predominantly tribal belt, the western part of the state contains enormous volumes of iron ore and other minerals.
In 2007 and 2008 Hindu radicals went on a bloody rampage that left 50,000 Christians fleeing for their lives into the state's forests. As they fled, the religious extremists killed whoever they could capture, then destroyed Christian homes and burned churches. Namrata the Christian girl in the picture was attacked and burned during the mob attacks in Orissa.
The extremist’s attacks in Orissa left many children without parents and families. Whole families were murdered, girls were raped and even children were killed. Even the relief camps were dangerous because the extremists had full control. So people were scattered and children got lost or left behind. Sharing Hands travelled to Orissa to help with the relief work and even travelled into the forests and mountain areas to help with the survivors, bringing food, medical supplies and cooking utensils. They ended up with 65 children in need of food, clothing and shelter. Rather than bring them on the long journey to Chennai which is far from their home, it was decided to house them in Orissa.
A New Home - A New Beginning
But it wasn’t long before the house became too small for the number of children in it and the facilities were poor, so it was decided a new building was needed. By 2009 Sharing Hands had bought a lentil factory. The factory had being unused for two years and the owner wanted to sell it, so Sharing Hands got it for a reasonable price.
The building is spacious, with a spacious playground that could accommodate over 150 children. But now 2014 the number of children have exceeded that especially with the addition of the Rajasthan children. Each and every child goes to school and has their own school uniform, books and bags. I would like you to think of the logistics of feeding and washing all these children every day and realise what a wonderful job these workers do.