- Location: Kerala, India
- Home Capacity: 25 Children
The Shanthi Hope Home was started in 2005. It was established to bring peace in the wake of a great storm. The Asian Tsunami of 2005 killed over 200,000 people and wiped out countless towns and villages. In the wake of this disaster the Shanthi Hope Home was started by a Hopegivers’ pastor serving in the area, with 26 children, all of which had been orphaned in the tsunami. Shanthi, the local word for peace, did bring peace to these children’s lives. Over time, family members, who came in from afar to see if their families were spared in the tsunami, came and recovered many of the initial children rescued at the Hope Home following the disaster. Today, there are still a few children that remain out of the initial 24, having lost all in the “great wave.”
The Shanthi Hope Home is also home to many other children that come from very different backgrounds. The Hope Home is located in a very tropical area near the coast. It experiences large amounts of rainfall during the monsoon seasons; this makes for a very fertile place. Many spices are grown in the area as well, and that, coupled with its proximity to the coast, makes it a great place to eat fish!
The pastors’ wife at the Shanthi Hope Home is particularly involved in the children’s lives. Known as “Amma,” which means “mother,” she is truly a blessing in the lives of all those who call Shanthi home, all of whom she considers her own, no doubt.
The Shanthi Hope Home children have ample room to play as well, and the children do love taking advantage of that! There is always some sport being played, particularly badminton. All in all it is a very beautiful home and God has been very gracious to all of those at the Shanthi Hope Home. We at Hopegivers praise God for all He has done, and will continue to do for these children.