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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

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

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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

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After the extremist’s attacks against Christians there were many children left orphaned in Orissa.

This young girl was attacked and bably burned during the mob attacks 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

Young girls at the Orissa home playing with skipping ropes given to them by Tommy Marrett
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.


  • 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.

  • Building Projects
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  • Relief Work
  • Hope Box Project