Strolling the walkways of Sewa Ashram, I’m generally surrounded by patients and staff. On occasion, however, the faces of children are interspersed, which was a strange contrast for me at first.

Who are the parents that are letting their kids be around such sick people? Aren’t they worried they might catch some contagious illness? Shouldn’t they be wearing masks or something? I tell you what folks, this First World paranoia is a dangerous thing. Not only is it often unfounded, but this fear also erodes the faith in God we should all be cultivating.

As time has gone on, however, I’ve gotten used to seeing these kids. And I’ve realized what a blessing their presence is here at the Ashram. There’s something about the innocence and purity of kids that anchors the soul, and many patients are visibly calmed by the sight of them. I can see the effect on their demeanor.

And as it turns out, the Delhi House Society, which is the umbrella organization of Sewa Ashram, is heavily invested in the needs of children too!

Within walking distance of Sewa Ashram, children are being provided opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise receive. And it’s happening in two different ways.

First are the two “Family Houses” that provide permanent homes to nearly 30 kids. Two married couples agreed to bring orphans and street kids into their homes back in 2004, and their households have been growing ever since. One currently has 17 children, and the other has 11. Both are providing for kids who would otherwise be forgotten.

These house parents are truly special, and their sacrifice is immense. But their calling is too.

“That’s why I feel like I can do this,” explained Praseeda, who’s mom to 17 kids. “It’s a special calling for my life.

“I wanted to have a normal life, but if God calls you, then you do it!”

The second Delhi House initiative is the Learning Center, located a stone’s throw from the Ashram. Every day of the week, over 100 children are coming to the center for schooling. Some come during the day as part of their early education. Others come after their normal schooling in order to supplement their studies. But all the children are coming from the poverty found in nearby slums, with little chance for opportunity in their immediate surroundings.

This focus of Sewa Ashram can be easy to overlook sometimes, given the powerful work they’re doing in the lives of the destitute, but it’s equally important. They’re building foundations of knowledge and truth. They’re providing a safe place for kids to call home. And they’re changing the lives of a new generation.

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Next Steps
    • For starters, thank God for all the blessings we have. Most around the world never get the opportunities that we enjoy.
    • The work of Delhi House Society is vital. Between the Ashram, the family houses and the Learning Center, they are changing lives, and they need our help. Think about donating to this important cause. Here’s how.
    • Sewa Ashram also sells jewelry on behalf of Delhi House Society. And every year, the kids make Christmas cards that are sold to help raise funds. Feel free to contact them for more information.
    • Pray for the kids growing up in the Family Houses. Pray that they’d continue to grow in knowledge and truth. Pray for the house parents. Pray for strength, wisdom and patience. Pray for those at the Learning Center. Pray for the staff members and for the kids.
    Next Steps

About the Author: Stephen Crane is a year-long fellow with World Next Door. He has a bachelor's degree in theology from Calvin College and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. He has a passion for overlooked places and people and would snowboard at all times if it were possible!

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  1. Carrie said... 

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    April 3rd, 2012 at 1:58 pm  

    I love that line “I wanted to have a normal life, but if God calls you, then you do it!” What awesome parents they must be with an attitude like that!

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