Since 2005 St John’s Owlerton, the Taunton Vineyard Church and their friends have had the privilege of partnering with the New Life Children’s Home in India. The partnership began when we offered to support a Pastor and his wife who had rescued a small number of children from a life on the streets of Patna city. From a small gift of £2,000 that we originally sent out, a home was established in Patna, Bihar. gradually things have grown such that today
New Life Children’s Ministries is now located in the beautiful rural setting of Kathikund, Jharkhand, caring for over one hundred and ten children. Together we are able to care for the basic needs of the children, such as food, education, clothing, shelter and medical care. Over the past year, huge progress has been made, seeing the demolition of many of the bamboo and thatch structures and the construction of some of the new purpose-built facilities for the children.
The New Life Academy School goes from strength to strength, they now occupy their new building and have a new two-story staff accommodation block with kitchen and dining facilities. And wonderful news – the home is now connected to the main electricity supply!
The school is now well established, is taking fee paying village children too.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are grown by the children with the help of a gardener. They have two cows, each with a young a calf and chickens too. Thanks to a generous fund raising campaign, the home is about to purchase a cultivator so that more produce can be grown.