Our humble beginnings started in 1986. Moved by the sight of two street children scavenging in a bin for food, Revd Stanley Rajan wanted to provide the impoverished children in the city where he and his wife lived, with a home where they would be safe, cared for and educated.
Initially two street children joined Stanley, his wife Kasturi and their two children Vijay and Mala in the family home. A year later this number had risen to 8 children and it was at this point that the growing family moved to larger premises.
By 1994, the number had grown to 47 children and again another move to a larger home was needed. In 1998 now with 80 children, plans were underway to create the purpose built Ebenezer Children’s Home in a rural village just outside the city of Chennai. The new building opened in 1999 and today is now home to over 300 orphan and semi-orphan children.
In 1999, we extended our support for children into the urban community by starting a newprogramme that helped children and their families from slums within Chennai. Meanwhile, we continued to forge strong links within our local community surrounding the Ebenezer Children’s Home and in the year 2000, community programmes were started, helping local infant children and the elderly.
Following the December 2004 Tsunami, our community outreach expanded dramatically. Immediate relief programmes were set up to help rebuild the lives of the people affected.