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This home is located in Gudayagiri Village: a “farmer’s corner” so to speak. It is an outcrop of a town with two intersecting paved roads. Everything comes to a halt each evening as goat herders guide their flocks to the protection of the corals near town. The nearby forests are inhabited by wild animals. It's a picturesque scene that is increasingly interrupted by suppressive practices, such as the caste system and religious persecution of Christians.  As a result, the Gudayagiri Church Orphan Home is a home to children whose parents have been victims of the violence.

Rural India is ravaged by the caste system. In general a caste can be described as any of the social divisions into which Hindu society is traditionally sectioned. Each caste has its own privileges and limitations, transferred by inheritance from one generation to the next.

Although generally identified with Hinduism, the caste system was also observed among followers of other religions in the Indian subcontinent, including some groups of Muslims and Christians. The Indian Constitution has outlawed caste-based discrimination, in keeping with the socialist, secular, democratic principles that founded the nation. Caste barriers have mostly broken down in large cities, though they persist in rural areas of the country such as Gudayagiri. Most recently, the caste system segregation has resulted in violent disputes.

The Gudayagiri Church Home provides a family to each of the children affected by such violence and discrimination. Here, they find love and acceptance. They are cared for by home parents and have siblings who have been through the same hardships. Here, they will thrive and grow in the knowledge of God, and will be protected from the persecution that has so far marked their whole life.

If you would like to join in providing these children with the love and protection we want to afford them, please click “contact us” on the left, or give us a call.



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