Since 2001, Vijayawada has had no orphanage. In a place where poverty is so widespread and so many parents cannot take care of their own children, this is a grave lacuna. Scores of babies are abandoned every year. Many of them simply die alone in the streets, most often hidden beneath a heap of garbage.

In 2005, the local government asked us to care for the abandoned babies. In just weeks, we rescued more babies than our facilities could handle. We thus quickly arranged a makeshift nursery in Daddy’s Home, but even that soon proved insufficient to care for their growing numbers. In 2008, we completed and inaugurated a large home for newborns on our Daddy's Home campus. Over the years, we have cared for over 165 babies, 90 of whom were subsequently given out for adoption to local couples by the state government.

The babies obviously need great attention and care. We have hired new staff – 20 nannies and 3 nurses – who looks after them 24/7 with great affection and enthusiasm. Their care, however, has proven very expensive, as we constantly need to purchase powdered milk, clothing, sheets, towels, diapers, and bottles. And only part of those costs are covered by the sponsorship fees. Here are just some ways you can help:

 

Nannies’ salaries: $100×20×month
Nurses’ salaries: $125×3×month
Diapers/clothes/sheets/towels: $150×baby×month
Powdered milk: $35×baby×month



Gaya was found abandoned under a bridge on July 18, 2005. She was in a coma because of severe malnutrition. When she began waking up - about a week later - the doctors indicated that she had likely sustained permanent brain damage. Gaya - now 4 years old - made a staggering recovery. By all measures, she is a normal, happy girl.

Jack was found during a visit to the slum of Bhrahmarambpuram, located in the bed of the River Krishna. His mother, not more than 16 years old, begged us to save her malnourished, dying baby. We immediately rushed him to the hospital and gave him much needed food and fluids. He’s come a long way since then.




USA: Care & Share USA Inc. — 223 Double Gate Way — Sugar Hill, GA 30518-8904 — Email: info@careshareindia.org
INDIA: Care & Share Charitable Trust — 40-9-73/6 AVR Arcades 1st Floor — Sai Nagar, Benz Circle — Vijayawada, AP 520 008

EUROPE: Care & Share Italia Onlus ONG — Castello 6084 — 30122 Venezia — Phone: +39-041-2443292 — Email: careshare@careshare.org
AUSTRALIA: c/o Cecil Harper — 15 Barnsley Drive, Endeavour Hills — Vic 3802 — Melbourne — Phone: +61 422313358