Bethel was the first home to be funded by India Direct, opening in 1998. Over the years, the building became too small and the local area was rapidly becoming more industrialised. With new government regulations, including the need for segregation of older children into separate buildings, the need for a new Bethel became apparent. Thanks to extensive fundraising and some generous donations from our supporters, we opened New Bethel in 2017
The new Bethel site is located outside of the city centre of Chennai. The location is in the local countryside, with fresh air and very little noise or air pollution. The new home consists of two large buildings which are separated for boys and girls. Each of these buildings contains dormitory-style rooms, housing around 5-6 children in each room. Overall 35 are currently housed at Bethel home. There is a smaller building with kitchens, staff quarters and storage rooms.
The homes are surrounded by a secure perimeter wall, and new Bethel has a night watchman to ensure the safety and security of all our children. The rest of the site is used to provide playing space for the children, and to begin a vegetable garden. We are hoping to replicate the success of the garden at Joy Home