Bringing Hope to India,
A Nation Ravaged by Poverty and Idolatry
Ministering to orphans, lepers, widows, and those considered outcasts in the streets of India.
HOME OF HOPE, ONGOLE TOWN, INDIA
Housing approximately 53 children, Alabaster's Home of Hope in Ongole Town was first conceived in the hearts of Helping Hands Welfare Society. The Home is headed up by its Founder, a widow named Pastor Padma K. Devadass and her three sons; Pastor Israel (President), Pastor Samuel (Vice-President), and Pastor Emmanuel (Director/Secretary) and their families.
So common to India are the many lepers wandering the streets, seeking love and support. People who contract leprosy are affected both physically and socially. It is a disease caused by the Mycobacterium leprae bacteria. Not only is it crippling, robbing these precious people of the ability to work and provide for themselves and their families; but they are shunned, rejected, and forced to leave their homes and communities. Many lepers suffer from fright and humiliation so greatly that they retreat into hiding. As a result, they are unable to obtain the necessary medical treatment that they so crucially need to heal.
Becoming a widow in India brings intensive hardship upon her and her entire family. In particular regions, these women are not permitted to re-marry, which forces them to beg on the streets - unless they find a better work alternative. In many cases, however, there is no alternative. Young widows often turn to prostitution as a way of supporting themselves, putting themselves at risk of disease, abuse, and further injury. Such a lifestyle brings an even greater shame and humiliation to their lives; affecting them not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually.
Though every nation faces difficulties, India encounters many. With flooding being the most common natural disaster in the country, India is also frequented by other climactic disasters, such as cyclones, avalanches, tsunamis, earthquakes, summer dust storms, hail, drought, and torrential rains; affecting every aspect of daily life. Due to the severity of India's natural disasters, the harsh reality of hunger, poverty, and mortality are prevalent.
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