ANDHRA PRADESH

Hope for `special' children

Bishop Yakob Mar Irenaios holding a destitute child at Satrampadu. .  



G. Nagaraja

Mercy Home at Satrampadu becomes operational

ELURU: For nine-year-old Muralikrishna, a mentally and physically-challenged destitute child who lost his AIDS-affected mother recently, life would have become miserable but for the Mercy Home established at MRC Colony in Satrampadu village on the city outskirts under the aegis of Andhra Mission, a service wing of the Orthodox Church.

The home, exclusively meant for mentally and physically-challenged children, became operational on Friday following its inauguration by Bishop Yakob Mar Irenaios of the Madras diocese of the Orthodox Church.

The boy, hailing from Chataparru in Eluru mandal, got into the embrace of the home at a time when there was none to take care of him. His father, also an AIDS victim, is currently battling for life. Rajakumar of Chataparru and Naveen Kumar of Baburaogudem, two other challenged children, too, found their way into the home as their poor parents could not afford to spend time for them.

The Bishop welcomed the inmates into the home with a hug and caressing. The inaugural of the home spurred philanthropists present at the function held in this connection into offering their contributions.

Humble beginning

For the Orthodox Church, which is running a balagram for children of leprosy patients at Yacharam in Ranga Reddy district near Hyderabad, and a home for AIDS victims in Bangalore, running a home for the challenged children at Eluru is a humble beginning towards practising Christianity in true spirit, the Bishop said.

Fr. Geevarghese Thomas, Director of the home, said that the Andhra Mission was contemplating implementation of a community-based developmental programme in 10 villages in the agency and adult literacy centres in another 10 villages in West Godavari district.