Building a small, secure home for a family means that children from Bethel or Joy Home have somewhere safe to live when they visit their family, or may even enable them to leave our care and return to them permanently. Here is the story of one little house….
One 8 year old girl at Joy Home comes from a very deprived background. Her father works as a labourer, making thatched roofs out of coconutleaves. He earns about rps 50 per day (around 50p), which is not even enough to provide one meal a day. Her mother suffers from a severe mental illness and can often become aggressive, hitting and throwing things at people. Because there is no one else to care for his wife, the father often has to tie her to a tree whilst he is at work. There is an older daughter, who also suffers from mental illness, but not as badly.
They have a hut with no solid walls or floor. In the rainy season the roof leaks and water comes in from all sides of the house, as they do not haveproper walls. Snakes, poisonous insects and other vermin have easy access to this rudimentary shelter. They cook on an open fire in one corner of the hut.
It typically costs around £500 to £600 to build a house like this. A brick walled house, which would last longer, would cost around £1000. It’s notmuch to look at, but a one roomed concrete based house with a corrugated metal roof, window grills and a cheap basic door would be an impossible dream for them, a dream of shelter, security and dignity, which India Direct can, and has made a reality!
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