Nathanael Care Center
Located on the outskirts of Kodaikanal township in the Palni Hills of South India (elev. 7000 ft.), Nathanael Care Center serves children of the very poor in the area, most of whose parents work as day laborers, if they are able to find work at all. Without the care provided by our Nathanael Care Center, these children would be left on their own with minimal supervision or care. Disease, abandonment, unemployment, alcoholism and abuse are the major hardships for children in the area. Inadequate clean water supply especially impacts the youngest children, and the threat of infectious disease is always present.
It’s 8:30 a.m. and your heart melts as our 55 young children (ages 2-5) arrive at Nathanael Care Center. Here they are safe, they are fed, get full health care, and are taught reading, writing, Bible songs and stories and basic hygiene. The devoted staff makes sure these precious young children feel cared for and loved.
At 4 p.m. the young children leave and the 50 graduates of the day care center (ages 6-17) come running down the hill for after-school care to receive academic tutoring, learn vocational skills (basket-making, knitting and sewing) as well as continuing their Christian education. A medical and public health team provides immunizations and nutritional supplements and tracks growth. The Nathanael Care Center also provides hygiene and other public health education for the community.
Under the loving and caring leadership of Shakunthala Devi and her staff, each of these children receives individual attention and is carefully monitored for academic, physical and emotional progress. Regular home visits are made to meet with the parents and to assess the children’s home environments. As we serve the very poor and needy, the homes are often just one or two rooms with a tin roof and often lack running water.
At Nathanael Care Center these children are given hope for a better and healthier life. They have experienced God’s love through Shakunthala Devi and her staff. With the assurance of God’s love for them and the solid foundation of all they have learned at Nathanael Care Center, they go forth with confidence as they face the many hardships in their lives.