Sevalayam Children's Home (orphanage) currently provides food, shelter and most of all love for over 80 beautiful boys and girls. Their situations vary from deceased parents, abusive homes to abandonment. Sevalayam provide a safe and positive environment for these kids to grow, learn and be happy.
The vision is for the home to become 100% self sufficient and self sustainable through various means, including a fully functional green house, to ensure the ongoing viability of the Orphanage.
Given the current drought conditions and scorching summer heat the fields cannot be cropped or utilised. As a result, currently around $500 ($6000 per year) is being spent on vegetables alone per month "“ an amount that can be reduced almost entirely through the installation of a fully functional 57m x 16m (816 square meter) green house.
Government funding is currently not available so there is a
huge dependence on kind hearted and generous people to ensure the place
can afford to operate and support these kids on a daily basis. There is simply not
enough money to pay the bills and purchase all the food required, so
external support with this project is the only way it can happen.
greenhouse will enable the orphanage staff to grow enough vegetables,
herbs, spices and much needed medicinal plants to feed the children on a
daily basis, relieving the financial burden of purchasing vegetables.
Further benefits will reach the kids through their ongoing involvement in the planting and maintenance of the vegetables and plants, teaching them about the benefits and practice of sustainable green living!
The structure itself will be built by Alfa Green, a highly regarded green house supplier in Coimbatore who work closely with the Agriculture University of Coimbatore. Alfa Green has very kindly offered to complete the project at cost price as a show of support for the project and the children's futures. The frame work will be galvanized steel tube and all materials used will be of the highest quality to ensure the long term operation. There will be a drip irrigation system and misting system that will ensure minimal maintenance is required, that vegetables will not be parched in the heat and the most nutritious vegetables will be grown for the children.
We hope you are as excited about what this green house will bring to these kids lives and the ongoing survival of the orphanage as we are!!
- robbie mccracken
- Bulla Bowlers
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