Govind Raju Nalla Thambi has been working with the Safe Haven Home in Tamil Nadu, India for many years. The children who live at Safe Haven are from the Dalit and Tribal communities, at the bottom of India’s social hierarchy. Adults who come from the Dalits or Tribal community are usually illiterate and are seasonal agricultural workers. Children from poor Dalit families invariably drop out of school and begin working in agricultural field.
The Safe Haven Home cares for over 30 tribal and Dalit children aged 5 – 14 years. “If the child is either an orphan or semi orphan, as in the case of the children we work with, then their very existence within the community becomes a huge question mark.” Explains Govind Raju, “The Home is designed to facilitate the restoration and holistic health of every child entering its doors.”
The Safe Haven Home attempts to keep the child safe and well provided for, instilling hope, providing healing and restoration, promoting growth and development and enabling the child to be liberated from their traumas and sufferings, and just simply be children again. What the Safe Haven Home does not have is a place for children to study. The Pollination Project grant will help the Safe Haven Home build desks and chairs for the children who up until now, did their studying while sitting on a damp floor.
GRANT AWARD DATE: DECEMBER 7, 2013