BALAMMA SATRAM AT HOLY FAMILY HOME FOR THE NEEDY
Love, care and concern for the marginalized and displaced people who are unable to alter their own desperate situations of life are at the heart of our society, and the reasons why Balamma Satram at Holy Family Home for the Needy was founded. It is an Anglo Indian project, the vision and dream of Fr. Sarveswara, a Roman Catholic Priest from the Diocese of Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, South India and the response from a group of people in the Midlands and the North East of England.
The first response came from Mary in the year 2000 when she visited Fr. Sarveswara in India. On her return she approached family and friends as well as her church family in....
Coventry in the West Midlands and Consett in North West Durham. From 2002 several churches in both these areas have supported this work and one of the Priests, Fr. Jeff has been to India with Mary on five occasions. There are now over 50 members of the group as well as church parishioners.
Balamma Satram is home to all castes, religions and gender. The people are admitted to the home, either by recommendation from the diocesan Priests or can even be picked up in a dying condition on the roadside. However, although there are limited places everyone who is in need will be fed. Once they are staying at the home they will be cared for until they die. They each have their own bed and mosquito net and a place to store the few possessions that they may have. They are given three good meals each day with constant access to clean filtered drinking water. They are also clothed, receive medical aid when necessary and when they gain their strength, they can help out in the campus. On their death they are given a dignified burial.
The administration of all this work is done by Fr. Sarveswara and the people who are working with him. These are the poor people who otherwise cannot find work.
We also have the voluntary service of the Carmelite Sisters whose convent is nearby.
OBJECTIVES AND OUR MISSION
We aim to reach out to those in need of all ages. The high standard of our care and the Christian Ethos of all our services gives each individual the comfort of knowing that they are loved and cared for.
All our work is Christ driven. Following in His footsteps and working in His name ensures that our work truly epitomises His command to "LOVE ONE ANOTHER"
Through our service we offer a sincere independent hand of friendship and support to everyone without judgement or prejudice.
Our achievements have been to establish a secure home for the destitute old people who have not been able to look after themselves or who have been abandoned by their families. We have cared for widows and given them work in the Holy Family home for the Needy.
We have created a sponsorship program for 30 children ranging from primary education to university level and given basic education to others in the area.
To put it very simply " THIS PROJECT HAS CREATED AN OASIS IN THE DESERT."
EMPOWERMENT OF PEOPLE (MEN AND WOMEN)
Development of India lies in the development of the rural sector. In the Kadapa region there are 70 per cent of the people living below the poverty level and 50 per cent cannot read or write. The majority of the poor are deprived of basic amenities like water, housing sanitation and health care. The situation is due to the socio-political system in the Indian society. With these facts in mind, our project work is to improve the living standards of the aged and destitute; working among them necessitates addressing the inhuman social and economic situation that they find themselves. Our mission is to reach out to more of these aged and deprived people in a pastoral, social and educational apostolate.
In other words "CARE FOR THE PEOPLE WHEN OTHERS DO NOT".
The successful running and the maintenance of the home is our future aim and to maximize the work already started. In India as the rich get richer and the poor are becoming poorer so our future work will be to house as many displaced aged people and orphaned children as is possible with the funds which become available.