What is the Mission for the Rural People?
The Mission for the Rural People is a team of committed men and women of God dedicated to helping children and the elderly in the Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh in southern India.
Fifteen years ago, we established an orphanage in Vellatur, which is a village in a rural part of Andhra Pradesh, a few hours drive from Hyderabad. At the orphanage, we help poor children abandoned by their parents or who have lost one or both of their parents to AIDs or illness as a result of the harsh conditions here.
Our ultimate goal is to provide care for at least 500 homeless and unwanted children. The orphans come from the slums, leper colonies, poor families, and tribal villages. They come from the streets. Often rejected by their families and society, they are left to beg for the very necessities of life. They come to us for shelter, clothing, food, education and the message of the Gospels.
We are currently helping 200 children but this is just a small percentage of those who desperately need help. We invite you to support our work and become a part of this ministry by sponsoring one of our orphans.
Our Mission is interdenominational and we welcome help from any quarter. We support the poorest of the poor, orphans, widows, the destitute elderly, and those whom society has rejected.
We invite you to join our mission.
The central project of the Mission for the Rural People is the Good Samaritan Orphanage, also now known as the ARC Orphanage. The Orphanage began as a result of the compassion for the poor of Ratnam and Suneetha Pallikonda. The Orphanage started in rented accomodation in 2002 with eight children but, over the years, the project itself has expanded amazingly.
The Orphanage has moved to its own site and its own purpose built buildings. It houses about 150 children and there are also three smaller Orphanages looking after about 20 children each. The children themselves, ranging from the age of about 3 to 18, are either true orphans or from poor families who cannot afford to bring them up. Some parents have died from illnesses common to those living in poor conditions, others have contracted the AIDS virus.
Children are often found abandoned with just the clothes they stand up in by the Pastors who travel to the villages to spread the Christian gospel. To survive, the children have to beg or turn to prostitution. If they are not very good at either of these, they will starve.
In the Orphanage, they find a safe place to stay, with three meals a day, clean clothes, somewhere to wash, and regular education at the school nearby which is also run by the Mission for the Rural People. The older children go to the local secondary school and then, for some, on to college.