The Chhota Hope Home is a home that houses children under the age of eight. Chhota (local word for little) is an outgrowth of the Kripa Hope Home. Over the past 30 years the Kripa Hope Home has rescued literally thousands of orphans and raised them as arrows for God. However, leadership recognized a need to better serve the youngest of the children rescued. The younger children tend to need more attention and more nurturing. In 2010 Hopegivers opened Chhota Hope Home to fill that specific need.
The mission of Chhota Hope Home is to guide the younger children onto a godly path from a very young age. Like the older orphans, these children are taught to pray, memorize Scripture verses and learn many stories from the Bible. They are taught proper hygiene, good manners, and how to share with others. Many of the children are too young to attend school, but they are taught numbers, the alphabet and they participate in other educational and fun activities throughout the course of their day. The children attend the main church nearby – located at Hopegivers Emmanuel Seminary – so they are always surrounded by good role models and great leaders.
At the Chhota Hope Home these little children are given the love and care they will need to become a capable and loving family member of the Kripa Hope Home once they are older. Today, Chhota is home to 21 boys! The Hope Home is led by Anita, a godly widow who has served the ministry of Hopegivers faithfully for many years. She has either led or assisted leadership in several other Hope Homes.
Anita came to the city where Chhota is located in 1994. As a widow, she had been forced to leave her home. With no way to provide for her needs after her husband’s death, she got a job working at a local school. Looking for a church she could attend, she discovered Hopegivers Emmanuel Church which was located very close to her home. That Sunday she heard Dr. M.A. Thomas preach for the first time. She introduced herself to him and the very next day Dr. Thomas came to visit Anita. She laughs, “He was careful to test my knowledge of the Scriptures! He wanted to make sure I was a solid Christian.” When Dr. Thomas recognized that she was a faithful believer, he offered Anita an opportunity to serve at the Kripa Hope Home. She has served the ministry ever since in various capacities. When the need arose to open a separate home for the youngest of the children at Kripa, Anita was quickly called into service for these children.
Anita says, “My desire is to stay with this organization until I breathe my last breath. I receive much peace and comfort in serving the orphans, widows and disabled. Although I have many life experiences – some small, some large – I am not well educated. I am so grateful to Dr. Thomas for giving me the opportunity to serve!”