Children of Faith Orphanage

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Visakhapatnam, India

Shots from the Trip

About the Community

The Children of Faith Orphanage was founded by Visakhapatnam natives Rosie and Anand Thandu. Beginning in 2003, the Thandus began supporting five orphans and street children in 2003 from rural India. By 2005, they left high-powered careers in the Bay Area to found an orphanage on the outskirts of their hometown to become "mummy and daddy" to 120 local children, providing life-changing care to some of India’s poorest orphans and street children.

In the surrounding area, the literacy rate is low, and most of the people live off of subsistence farming. The school at the orphanage is working to change this. Their mission is to "to see girls and boys of every social class and caste empowered to lead lives of purpose, service, leadership and achievement. We long to see these young people equipped and strengthened to give back to their communities and their country, multiplying the impact of their transformed lives within every domain of Indian culture and society."

They are now working on building a robust campus near the Orphanage that is financially viable, self-sustaining and provides a high-quality, transformative education for India’s children.

Status: Completed
Grades workshopped: 4-8 Students workshopped: 120 Stories collected: 24
Though all students create and present their own original stories in the workshops, this number reflects the number of older students (grades 6 and up) who wrote their stories for posterity as their final deliverable.i