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  project name ~ Mercy Home

category ~ education - child




  Project Name


Mercy Home



Sebama Foundation



education - child






Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved


$ 800


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Ravi Devarasetty











We had funded the project in 2001 to start a new school for the mentally disabled (as an extension of an existing school for the physically disabled). The school was up and running with 17 students and in 2002 we funded their operation cost for 6 months (along with Asha Colorado). Last visit was by Asha Colorado volunteers in early 2002. Asha Colorado may be still looking into this project.





The school has class up to 9th standard. None of the students have come up to the 9th standard. Once they do finish 9th standard Brother plans to send them to the nearby “government school” in a van for higher studies.





Sebama Foundation has three separate schools. These include a school for deaf and dumb children, a school for physically handicapped children and one for Special Children. There are a little more than 200 children enrolled in all three schools. The school buildings also serve as homes for the children. There are “ayahs” (maid custodians) in the school who cook breakfast (pongal or upma) in the morning and dinner (sambar and curry) for the night. A local businessman sponsors lunch on weekdays. If the factory has a holiday they inform Brother a priori and the ayahs then take care of cooking lunch too. Three ayahs, who attend to the Special Children, live with them. The aim was to select 12 metally/physically challenged students and educate them. Brother Ryan also had a plan of buying 12 goats for this project and training the children to look after the goats (so that they have an income from the milk of the goat).



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