Homes for Disadvantaged Children
Abba Home – the Father’s love
Ashraf and Wilma live in one of the largest colonies of Christians in Pakistan. Ashraf taught in a High School, earned a reasonable salary and life was good. But they had no peace.
They kept meeting families too poor, or too dysfunctional, to look after their children. They met orphans who knew nothing of a father’s love. They began to take some of them into their own home to give them the care they needed. In 2005 they registered the Orphan Care Organization and two years later Starfish Asia began to provide some financial help that enabled them to rent a larger house and support more girls in need. They now have 30 girls in their extended family – all either orphans or from broken homes. Their goal is to prepare the girls for their place as Christians in society.
The Ananias Home was about to close when we first met Mrs Khalida. “We have no funds,” Khalida told us. The Home, run by Caritas Lahore, provides a safe residential environment for 26 girls from Christian homes. It also provides in-house tuition to equip and prepare the girls for life in the outside world. Support of just 20,000 rupees a month (about £200 or $300) could help save the Home. Starfish Asia agreed to step in and Ananias became the first of seven homes we support.
Today Khalida still mothers the girls – 26 of them. Some have graduated. Three are studying in College for degrees. So much can be achieved with so little. We are proud to be able to support the amazing Ananias Home.
Homes for Children with Learning Difficulties: Agape Home and Mother Nest
Starfish Asia also supports two day-care centres for young people with learning difficulties or physical disabilities. Some of these children require long-term care. In some cases the centres provide occupational therapy for children with severe needs – a rare and very welcome provision by Starfish Asia partners with exceptional gifting and training.
Starfish Asia supports two residential homes for girls and one for boys – all either orphaned or coming from dysfunctional, abusive or impossibly poor families. In each Home, the essential elements are love and understanding for those who require special care.