The House of LOVE
India has 29.6 million orphaned and abandoned children (According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)). The majority of these orphans are girls. Indian tradition says that a family can’t be complete without a boy, since males carry on family’s lineage while girls are seen as a burden. To marry these girls their parents should pay a large dowry and all wedding expenses. Frequently mom that gives birth to a girl instead of a boy can suffer persecution from her husband and family. These results in many moms looking for ways to get rid of their daughters. A common catch-phrase in aborting clinics is: “Spend R500 now to have your daughter aborted and save R5000 later on dowry”. While some moms are aborting their baby girls, others are killing them after giving birth or just leaving them on the streets or in rubbish bins.
But these are not all troubles Indian girls are facing. India has a huge number of underaged girls in modern-day slavery which is human trafficking. Department of Women and Child Development (India) estimates that there are around 2.8 million a trafficked women in India, of which 40% are below the age of 18. About 40 of these young girls are forced into prostitution on a daily basis. But how do they get into these slavery? Sometimes parents will sell their girls because of extreme poverty, while other parents believe the deception that their daughters will be well carried and educated by some generous family member. But in the most danger are orphan girls, who lack proper protection. They usually end up stolen and sold to brothels for forced prostitution.
In order to reduce these things, several pastors have started Christian orphanages. They provide orphans food, clothing, a place to live, and even with education. They are doing their best to help these kids to grow into better citizens. One of these orphanages is called The House of Love. It was founded by pastor Naha Nayak.
The year 2020 was a pretty dark year for The House of Love orphanage since pastor Naha Nayak passed away. But the orphanage is still working, as usual, thanks to pastors’ Nayak son, Suleman Nayak who is in charge of the orphanage now.
To run these orphanages is not an easy task. Besides the fact that they need to cover huge expenses to provide all the things that kids need, they are also persecuted by non-Christians, since the majority of Asian Indians practice Hinduism. Religiously-motivated violence against Christians is common in India. Hundreds of incidents of violence against Christians are reported by various organizations every year. The House of Love orphanage also suffered several attacks. It was burnt, the ministers were beaten. But nothing can stop brother Nayak and his family from serving God and their community.
The orphanage doesn’t receive any support from the government. It is sustained by the donation of people, just like you. Christians know that God mandates in his Word to help orphans:
- He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Deuteronomy 10:18
- Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Psalm 82:3
- Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:17
- Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27
There is a great opportunity for those who want to help. We started an online-adoption program where you can adopt one of these orphans by committing to donate a certain amount of money every single month and take care of him or her in this way. Next, you can see some kids of the orphanage and choose one whom you will support with your donations faithfully. Each child needs only $50 per month! You can donate starting from $5/month. Every donation is highly appreciated. The child whom you picked will pray for you daily as a thank you.