Our Orphanage: Kambalapalam, India
Unto the least of these...
Culture Waves Global has made a long-term commitment to sponsor an orphanage in the Tribal Village of Kambalapalam, India. This is part of our ongoing commitment to those living in this tribal village. We call it the M25 Initiative based on Matthew 25.
In Matthew 25, Jesus gives us a parable that is commonly referred to as The Parable of the Sheep and Goats. In this parable, Jesus says, "31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"
Culture Waves Global is working dilligently amoung "the least of these." Our growing commitment to the orphans of Kambalapalam is unwaivering. We are passionate about making certain that the basics necessities of life are provided for them along with our partner church in India. Those necessities include food, clothing, shelter, and safety.
Our vision for 2018 and beyond is as follows:
Food: Provide adequate financial support to ensure each orphan receives at least two full meals per day, every day.
Expand the scope of the food project to include all of the poor children living in the tribal village of Kambalapalam, India.
Clothing: Provide adequate financial support to ensure each child has age appropriate clothing that is to be purchased in India and keeps to their traditional clothing type.
Shelter: The current orphanage is full with nearly 25 children (nearly equal boys and girls). This is forcing the pastor to turn away children when government agencies call. We believer that God would have us build additional facilities that will allow the church to receive up to 100 orphan children. A building that will accomodate an additional 25 children will cost $7,000.00 to $10,000.00 to construct. This can begin once the funds have been received.
Provide resource necessary for ongoing Christian education and training for the families living in Kambalapalam, India.
Make certain that the orphanage is a safe haven for the children. This is accopmplished by having appropriate staff in place to care for the kids.
Education/Training: We are currently praying about how we can best educate the children in the Tribal Village. The public system for them is sporatic and sub-standard. Culture Waves Global is seeking funding to build and staff a private Christian school. This will provide each child with a high school education and help to break the cycle of poverty.
Establish a skilled trade center. This will be a place where the orphans can learn a skilled trade that will allow them to provide for themselves and their families once they "age out" of the orphanage. We will hire professionals from the nearby cities to come and lead these classes. Classes could include:
a. Sewing classes
d. Basic IT
e. Medical assistant
f. Education assistant
Establish a scholarship fund/endowment that will provide the resource necessary to send the orphan children who have "aged out" of the orphanage to a two year college where they can earn an Associate's Degree.
Hire additional Christian staff who live with and care for the orphans on a full-time basis. We currently have one couple who live with and care for the current group of children.
You can help us minister to the orphanage in Kambalapalam, India. It's as simple as Pray, Give, and Go.
Pray daily for the children of Kambalapalam, India.
Become a financial partner. This can be through a one time gift or monthly support.
Go with one of our teams. We make trips each March and September.
Arrival at the airport
Some of the children came to meet our team at the airport upon our arrival. They always greet us with HUGE smiles and hugs.
Christa stopping for a photo with some of the girls.
Time is the greatest of gifts
This is Swadhi and Annusha with Pastor Ron. They seemed to always find him no matter where he went. They thrive on our love and attention.
Group photo in Kambalapalam
The children always love to take time out from playing to come and hear an exciting Bible story or learn a new song in English.
Farra spends time with the kids
The children were so surprised to see a Chinese woman. Farra was the first Chinese person that the kids has ever seen.
Jennifer begins to unpack some gifts
Our team always takes bags full of gifts for the children. They love outdoor games of any type. Jennifer took a kite for the kids. It was the first one they had ever seen. Even adults came outside to play!
A shower of flowers
The children of the village greeted our team with a shower of flowers as we approached the church. They seemed to be as excited as we were!
Annusha's radiant smile
The smile says it all. Annusha is a precious little girl who lives in the orphanage in Kambalapalam. She is protected there from those who would seek to force her into a life of "professional" begging.
Pastor Ron with Raaji
Kambalapalam is a tropical paradise in spite of the poverty and lack of resource. Here, pastor Ron takes time to get a photo with Raaji. She is 14 years old and has a very tender heart. She is always around to help our teams.