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India Orphanage and Care Projects

Our orphanage and care projects are based in several orphanages, schools for the disabled and child care projects in and around Kerala's state capital, Trivandrum. Many of the projects are run by the Catholic Church and usually care for groups of either boys or girls. Some of the projects look after up to 200 children who are lovingly cared for by a dedicated team of monks or nuns. The children usually come to the orphanages and child care projects from the age of 4 years old upwards and are usually from families unable to support them.

The children go to school during the day so you will be busiest helping the staff get the children ready for school in the morning and after they come home from school in the afternoon. They are particularly keen for you to help with the children's homework or to get the children involved in after school activities.

Not all of the children in the orphanages or the schools we work with are technically orphans. Some are 'economic orphans'. These children may have parents who are in prison or who work in the fishing communities of Trivandrum. Their parents may not have the time or resources to look after the children or to pay for their education so send them to an orphanage or para-residential care project run by the church.

If you are interested in cricket, the boys homes will be particularly keen to hear from you. Most boys in India are fanatical about cricket so bring out your bat, some balls and a set of stumps and you'll be incredibly popular!

If you are interested in computers, we would value your skills to help at a project to help disabled girls in Trivandrum. The project aims to teach the children valuable computing skills that they can then use to improve their employment prospects.

If you're interested in music or drama, why not get the children involved in a play. If you have a particular interest, we'll encourage you to bring this to the project. For example you may be interested in nature, model making or reading. Why not get the children interested in this too by running a club.

The orphanage and care projects are incredibly varied and we have a wide range of projects that will take advantage of your hobbies and interests. When you join, we'll ask about you and your interests and hobbies so that we can match you the most appropriate project. Contact us to chat about which project would be most suitable for you.

Even though most of our projects are run by the Catholic Church, we should point out that we are a non-religious organisation. The projects welcome volunteers of all ages, faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

Note all projects working with children require a background check. This is an extra cost of about £10 but we will make the necessary arrangements. Parking tickets, speeding fines, and some criminal convictions will not prevent you from joining us; we simply check if you have any prior convictions relating to harming children.

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All costs shown above are for one month. Additional months can be added for £595.

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