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.
We printed this child-authored storybook from the workshop:
The Power of an Idea
A fictitious version of the author and his friends gain an awareness of a local community issue: elderly homelessness. They begin to ask questions like, "Why are there so many homeless on the streets?" and "Why do so many appear to be elderly?" Through their investigations, they discover aspects of rural Indian society that they hope to change, and set out to do so.