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India: Isnapur Project

Overview: A building project to provide good quality accommodation for 32 orphans, a much needed medical clinic and a church/community hall.
FUNDING
Full Cost: £80,000
Raised: 85%
Required: £12,000

New Facility is almost complete

The super-structure of the new facility is almost complete and is shown to the left.

The village of Isnapur is a community of around 20,000 people is a slum area about 15 miles from the centre of the city of Hyderabad. Many of the inhabitants are tribal/scheduled caste and live in very poor housing conditions. One of the main occupations for the men is rock-breaking for the construction industry. Medical provision in the area is inadequate – there are no clinics for basic treatment within 6 miles and local transportation is spasmodic and expensive for the ordinary residents.

 

Pastor Seemon has been serving there for 18 years after starting as an evangelist in this overwhelmingly Hindu area about 15 years ago and established small groups of believers in house groups. After a few years he bought a tent where Sunday services were held. The church moved into its present rented church building in 2006. The church today has about 150-200 adults attending one of the two Sunday services. A particularly encouraging aspect is that there are around 35 very committed young people.

Pastor Seemon cares for these childrenPastor Seemon and his family

Seemon had been orphaned at the age of three and had been brought up in a hostel. As a Christian he has always had a heart for children in the same predicament. We read in Psalm 68:5 that the LORD is “a father to the fatherless” and he “sets the lonely in families”. In this regard Seemon is a man after God’s own heart. The compassion of the Lord has been displayed through him and the church since 2005 when he took in the first five children.

Mattresses and blankets providedWhen I and my MV colleagues first saw what Pr Seemon and his family (supported by the church he leads) was doing to care for the vulnerable children in his community back in 2008 we were moved. MV has helped in various ways since that time – regularly contributing towards the cost of rent, food and some items like mattresses and blankets.

The present kitchenAt present the children are accommodated in a very basic, cramped rented building without adequate kitchen, toilets and shower facilities. They do not have regular health checks but they do receive urgent medical care if they fall ill but this is limited due to lack of finances.

It has become the desire of Missionary Ventures to help to improve the facilities required to care for these children. We also recognise that it will be necessary for Pr Seemon and his family (pictured) to live in the same building for the purpose of practical and emotional care of the children.

Objectives of the New Facility

(1)   Medical Clinic – the requirements here to be specified by the Christian doctors and nurses who will be volunteering to run the clinic. Basic health care will be provided free of charge or at a subsidised rate depending on the personal circumstances of the patient. There will be a lockable consulting room/pharmacy and a private waiting room. It is envisaged that the clinic will be open once a week initially but as the number of volunteer medical staff grows more frequent clinics will be held.

(2)   Accommodation for the children – the trustees have set a maximum limit of 32 children and the facility will be designed to house that number. Boys and Girls will be segregated with separate entrances to the accommodation floor. A large kitchen and dining area will also feature.

(3)   Accommodation for Pr Seemon and his family (to provide care and discipleship of the children).

(4)   Multi-Purpose Hall for community engagement, outreach ministries and Sunday and midweek Church services and other meetings.

Would you like to help with the cost of completing this great project? You can donate using our online facility on our giving pageor by clicking one of the the donate buttons on the right hand-side, visiting our contact us page or telephone us on: +44 (0)1706 639333 for more information. State: "Isnapur Building."

Click to Read the stories of some of the children

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