Let me start by saying, we don’t do what we do for any type of recognition… but it sure does feel nice when we get some.
We mentioned a few months ago in this blog post that we had received a surprise visit from three members of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). During the hours that the team spent here on our mission they inspected our books, met with our Board, spoke to our staff, spent time with our children and walked around our grounds checking hostels, our laundry, dairy, dining room, workshops, kindergarten, school and more. It was actually a little scary for us, we didn’t know what to expect. There were a lot of eyes on us. We like to think that we are doing things well, that our children have a beautiful home to live in… but who knows what outsiders might think.
Upon conclusion of their inspection one of the team members said to us “I’ve been touring India, visiting orphanages for forty years and this is the best I’ve ever seen” -talk about high praise, we were in tears.
This week we had another wonderful encouragement from the NHRC, a report of their time here on our orphanage has been released. Sent to many of the local and state level government offices it is a huge encouragement for us. In the report, Justice Shri D. Murugesan said that our orphanage “serves as an example for other NGOs running orphanages/children’s homes” -wow! Little us? Wow.
You can download a full copy of the report here:
What a wonderful encouragement to all of us here, as I said before… we don’t do it for the praise, but it sure is nice. Thank you to all of you who stand with us each day to make this place what it is, to our staff who love tirelessly, work hard and serve fiercely… we are so proud of you all. It is not always easy, but we are making a difference, lives are being changed and children are being loved the way they deserve to be.