With abuse of children, especially of orphans and vulnerable children, found throughout the world, India is taking steps to combat the problem by making orphanages a safer place for children. In the past decade, India has been making reforms to the children’s homes to prevent abuse, and in 2015, India passed the Juvenile Justice Act. The law’s main purpose was for the court system, but it also added more requirements for children’s homes. India now requires special protection for girls, walls, safer buildings, meticulous record keeping, and separate campuses for boys and girls.
Because our orphanage began before the new laws, we only have a single campus, and lately, the local officials have been pressuring for a separate campus for the girls. Many of our girls have brothers living at our home; therefore, we don’t want to separate the children far. Fortunately, we found land almost right across the street. The land is perfect! It is walled in and secluded. There are two large open spaces bordered by trees, perfect for the girls to play. On the land are two buildings: an old studio, with large rooms perfect for meetings and meals or even large bedrooms. This building also has a single bedroom, perfect for the caretaker. The second building is a house that has six rooms large enough house at least fifty girls. There are two toilets, but there is plenty of room behind the buildings to build more toilets without having to build into the play areas. This land is right across from the orphanage, and the orphanage can be seen from this property and vice versa. And one of the greatest benefits is that we can move in immediately! We are really excited for this land and how with it, we will be able rescue more girls.