The Ashir Children’s Home
The Ashir Children’s Home, a project of Great Commission Ministries (GCM), was birthed in the year 2000 in the city of Hyderabad, India with the aim of reaching out to tribal children with the love of Jesus Christ and to uplift the Dalits – the poorest of the poor. Currently, the project provides love, care, security, belonging, education, home and family to 60 children from Dalit communities.
Dalits – Who?
Dalits, also known as “Untouchables”, are members of the poorest of the poor social group in the Hindu caste system. The word “Dalit” means “oppressed” or “broken”. A Dalit is actually born below the caste system. Despite laws to protect them, they still face widespread discrimination in India. The last census reported that Dalit communities were one of the least literate social groups in the country, with only 30% of Dalit children recognized to have basic reading and writing skills.
Half of India’s Dalit children are undernourished, 21% are severely underweight. and 12% die before their 5th birthday. While Dalit children would normally be severely disadvantaged, at Ashir Children’s Home the children are given hope, education and the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Together we can change lives!
Meet Sonu Babu and Chendu, two Dalit brothers orphaned at the young age of 9 and 7 years respectively. Both brothers were given into our care at that time and have grown up to be fine young men now.
Sonu Babu, the elder brother is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Computers and will be graduating this year. He plans to enrol for a Master’s Degree in the coming years.
Chendu Babu, the younger brother, topped the District in 2019 in his grade 10 Final exams and was awarded a full scholarship to pursue a 6 year integrated B.Tech (Bachelors in Technology) Program at a reputed college – IIIT, Basara. A hopeful future lies ahead for them!
People Behind the Scenes
Ashir is the heart and soul behind the Ashir Children’s Home. Motivated by Love and concern, he quit his job in a renowned Not-for-Profit organization and followed through on his sense of call and purpose in providing a thriving, loving and secure environment to vulnerable children from the Dalit community.
Ashir along with his wife Miriam is responsible for caring and carrying forward the work of shaping and empowering the lives of these young boys and girls and is passionate about what he does. Ashir monitors and oversees the entire project and is responsible for all decisions taken for the project.
Making a Difference – Simply
These stories and many more would have been utterly impossible without the support and contributions of faithful men and women who understand the enormous hurdles facing Dalit (Untouchable) children. Your contributions will help us to impact many more lives like Sonu and Chendu’s. Partnering with us is just a click away! To support our work, click on the donate button below.