witnessed a series of natural calamities and disasters in
the last 2 decades. The worst cyclone that crippled costal Andhra
Pradesh during 1979, the Bihar floods during 1982, the Lattur
earthquake during 1996, the super cyclone of Orissa which reduced the
State into a mangrove yard during 2000 and the earthquake in Gujrat
during 2001 which
killed nearly 37,000
people and rendered lakhs of other homeless are a few examples of the
worst disasters. Tsunami made many orphans and homeless killed lakhs of
people in Andhra, Tamilnadu during 2004. Now in this month October,
2009 many villages and Townsmarooned in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh many
died, lost houses, starving for food cloths and drinking water.
Devastation of our
September to 10th October 2009, being 400 Kilometers away
from the Nithya Jyothi Children’s Home in Manthralayam we were
to know what happened to the Children in the Children’s Home. After 5
days Yohan phoned and mentioned that children home is under water
no children found in the Home. Our hearts were broken, tears
started to fall and we were disturbed. 25 children were living in
Home and now we have no idea about their survival. Children in
Bangalore and beloved from world wide started to pray for these
children and situation. The roads were blocked, communication is
dropped and transportation is stopped. Rev. George tried twice to reach
the Children’s Home but retuned because of the Flood.
We had no option
but just pray for the children and call Yohan to
update. It is a nightmare. After Ten days of the incident
declared that we may travel. As soon as we heard the news Rev.
George Fernandes, Director Helping Hands/ Nithya Jyothi reached
Manthralayam with few boxes of clothes but found no children rather a
chaos of the Children’s Home. He started to enquire about the
and care takers. At last a hint was given by the Railway Station Master
that before the heavy flood a train has come from Raiachoor
which is 40
kilometers from Manthralayam and they might have traveled in the
Our eyes become
with hope and faith, with many efforts we had
reached Raiachoor. We started to search in every street to know
whereabouts of the children. At last God showed us the way. One of our
boys was playing on the ground. He recognized us and took us to the
place where children are staying. YES MIRACLE DOES HAPPENED! God
saved all our children and in the rush of the train we had lost 3
On 18th October
2009 a team of 5 people reached Manthralayam. Rev.
George and other four had carried provisions for 3 months, mats,
bed sheets, books, stationeries and clothes for the children and 15
boxes of used clothes and stationeries are given
to the Flood Victims
as a rehabilitation work. Manthralayam is sinking in very bad smell and
epidemic diseases are started to spread.
After this nightmare experience the Board members of the Nithya Jyothi
resolved to purchase a land which 15 kilometers from present Home of
the children and build a home for them.
With the generous
help of Le Ann and Team , Nithya Jyothi could
purchase 20 cents of land in the village Nadhi Kairawadi and planning
to construct a children’s home. The ground breaking ceremony is also
taken place. Mr. Srinivas Village President and other elders of the
village attended the program.
We humbly request Helping Hands to come forward a fund us generously.
Yours donations are Tax Excepted under the section of 80 G (5) Income
Tax Act 1961.