Dayspring Children's Home opened in 2004 on 6 acres of land located in Chittoor, a rural area outside of Virudhunagar. 30 children between the ages of 3 and 18 are in our care. Some came to live in our care because they have been affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, some came to us because they were vulnerable and living in poverty.
The aim of the home is to reintegrate the children that have been rejected back into their family by providing ongoing social and medical support through parent counselling, education and self-help groups. Blossom Trust is responsible for the management and operations of the home, which includes, but is not limited to: medical expenses, educational needs, nutritious meals, clothes and social support. We rely on private donations to cover operating expenses – roughly USD $11,500 per year.
For the Dayspring grounds upkeep and facility improvements, we rely on volunteer labor and funding.
The objectives at the Dayspring Home are:
To provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment for children to develop.
To ensure that all children have access to education.
To surround the children with qualified staff and a loving community network.
To provide a future for children through technical institutes, further education or apprenticeships.
To provide access to healthcare.
To learn more about the establishment of Dayspring Home, take a look at the video below, courtesy of one of our volunteers.
Monthly Food Expenses for Dayspring Home
Dayspring Farm was established in 2002 to provide a sustainable source of food for the children. The farm is located next to Dayspring Home on the 3 of the 6 acres of land and is maintained by the local farmer and volunteers who tend to the livestock and crops.
The farm grows onion, eggplants (aubergines), spinach, gooseberry, guava and mango. We have livestock that consists of cows, goats and chickens. The farm is maintained by a farmer and short-term international volunteers, and also the children learn and participate in the harvest and care of the livestock.
The farm aims to be environmentally focused and organic, instead of using only pesticides and chemical fertilizer, using three different kinds of local organic mixtures called panchagavya, asola and geevamirtham.