Reaching the Unreached
 
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Performance
The children are encouraged in local cultural traditions, including dance and drama. Click below to see a video clips of some of the older children from Nirmala Children's Villages performing for some visitors, including visitors from RTU-UK.  This took place in the 'auditorium' where all the young children and mothers gather each evening for multi-faith prayers. 
 
Children's Villages
There are currently four Children's Villages for orphaned and destitute children, who are welcomed regardless of their background or creed.  The villages provide them with a new and permanent home, and we bring them up to prepare them for an independent life. There are altogether over 70 families with from 6 to 8 boys and girls, and their 'mothers' who are typically widows or deserted women.
We receive both babies and and older children, and we provide them with care and support until adulthood, independence, and marriage. No child in need is ever refused admission.  Sometimes we are able to place babies with childless local couples wanting to adopt.
The four Children's Villages are Anbu Illam (which means 'place of love') and Sirumalar ('little flower'), both in Kallupatti, RTU's 'home village'.  Miriam is a few miles away towards Batlagundu, and Nirmala is located in the town of Bodinayakanur.
Each RTU Children's Village is based on four principles:
THE MOTHER: Every child is given a Mother and thus someone to turn to at all times.
BROTHERS & SISTERS: Boys and girls of various ages grow up together as brothers and sisters. Siblings from the same birth family are kept together.
THE HOUSE: Every RTU Children's Village family has a house of its own. These are simple but well-designed: a good Indian village house (with concrete block walls, tiled roof, water, sanitation, and electricity) rather than a westernised home.
THE VILLAGE: The house is an integral part of the village community. This gives the children cultural roots and a feeling of belonging. The villages have play areas, a meeting hall ('auditorium') where all gather together each evening, and other facilities such as a small clinic and a shop run by the mothers. 
The Children's Village System
Children brought to the RTU village maintain contact with the world around, including with members of their birth family, eg uncles and aunts.  They attend either an RTU-run school (which also accepts local children) which is a short walk or bus-ride away; or the local government school. Children are admitted from their day of birth where necessary, up to ten years old, although the upper age limit is always waived to allow real brothers and sisters to stay together.
Children remain in the Children's Villages until they are able to look after themselves. At around age 13 they move into one of the RTU hostels next to the villages, which run separately for girls and boys while they continue they schooling to age 16 or 18. Each hostel has a warden - typically drawn from the most experienced foster mothers.  The young people may go away to learn their trade or study for a profession - still supported by RTU - and return for their holidays. The RTU village where they grow up is always regarded as their real home.
They are considered our responsibility until they are married or settled independently.
Accountability
Each children's village has a manager, who is responsible for ensuring standards are maintained - in hygiene, nutrition, and all aspects of the children's welfare. New foster mothers are carefully trained and monitored, and as well as meeting together frequently for mutual support and encouragement, there are training and development programmes for them. For example AIDS has meant a growing number of HIV+ children being admitted, and mothers in Sirumalar village have been given the knowledge and understanding to care for these children alongside their fellows.
Our Success, Our Philosophy
Our whole philosophy underlying the development of our child-care practice is based on the words of Jesus Christ. "Whatsoever you do to the least of these, you do it to me". And: "He that welcomes one such little child in my name welcomes me."
 
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