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The Family Village Farm (FVF) was founded in 1969 by Dr. Pauline E. King for orphans and the elderly in Kasam. The children mainly come from Kasam, which is a larger village near Katpadi, where the FVF is located (Vellore is the nearest city to Kasam and Katpadi). The children are from difficult circumstances, some having no parents or one parent who is not able to support them. There are ten to twelve children, a mother, and grandparents living in each cottage in a family-type group. The mothers and grandparents living with the children are also poor, who also come from difficult circumstances. This is a life-giving ministry for children, but it also provides a home for elderly adults. These adults provide “families” for the children and help to care for them while benefiting from the housing and support.
Global Ministries supports children and elders living at the Family Village Farm through its Child and Elder Sponsorship Program, which provides food, clothing, education, and training for each sponsored child. The Family Village Farm also includes staff housing, a bakery, poultry farm, a feed mixing unit (where the cattle and poultry feeds are prepared), and a dairy for the supply of milk to the residents. Young boys are trained to tend crops and fruit trees and the girls are trained in sewing. Girls are given training and the opportunity to make school uniforms for the students at King’s Matriculation School, located at Family Village Farm, hospital linen, and garments for other local schools. These activities help support the FVF. Additional training at school helps the children learn skills that will enable them to be self-supporting in the future. Boys can live at FVF until the age of 18; girls, if they do not have living parents, are allowed to stay at the FVF until marriage.
In addition to facilitating the child sponsorships, Global Ministries assists the Family Village Farm in their capital improvements and other needed infrastructure items. This support includes funds to upgrade the FVF restrooms, and the purchase of used buses for transportation of the children and staff. Global Ministries welcomes gifts to support FVF on an on-going basis with special gifts in order to meet needs and increase the quality of life for the children there.
Listed below are special ways in which your gifts can help the project:
- A gift of $30 per month would support a child through Global Ministries Child Sponsorship Program. Contact Linda Lawrence toll free at: 1-866-822-8224 ext. 3222 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download a Child Sponsorship application.
- A gift of $50 could help provide food for one of FVF’s family groups.
- A gift of $375 could provide much needed upgrading for one of the 32 restrooms.
Family Village Farm continues to provide a loving community and education for children and elders in Kasam, India. This year, the Family Village Farm is committed to raising funds for several priorities, including additions to the facility and renovations to the facility. New priority additions include the installation of solar panels, purchasing new bunk cots, and completing the brick wall around the perimeter of the school. The Family Village Farm’s priorities for renovations on the campus this year include improvements to the kitchen, the cottages (homes), and the play area for older children.
As electricity is scarce in rural India, solar panels could provide an important source of energy for lighting and other devices. Furthermore, a contributing church has suggested purchasing bunk cots for children to sleep on. With new sturdy cots, children could sleep cozily and be well rested for lessons. Additionally, building a wall around the school campus must be completed prior to June of 2018 in order to comply with new guidelines issued by the local Department of Education in the government of Tamilnadu.
Currently, the cottages are in poor condition, and renovations would provide better homes for the children and the staff. All of the cottages are currently in need of basic repairs as well as major upgrades. This includes replacing the cracked cement floors with tile to provide flooring that is both durable and sanitary. Additionally, the renovation of the campus’s central kitchen will include the installation of a steam boiler system, allowing easy access to hot water for cooking and washing dishes. The current kitchen heating facility utilizes liquefied petroleum gas, which is much more costly than steam boiling and also poses environmental hazards. Lastly, renovations to the older children’s play area, including the basketball court, would provide an opportunity for the children living at the Family Village Farm to play in a safer and more exciting area to play and have fun. All of these priorities directly impact the daily lives of children living at Family Village Farm or attending school at the King’s Matriculation School.
Update: April 2019
The Family Village Farm (FVF) in Kasam, India was founded by Dr. Pauline E. King in 1969 to meet the growing needs of the at-risk orphan and elderly populations in the local area. Over the past few years, the FVF has been raising funds to expand its facilities in order to better meet the needs of the local community.
Currently, the FVF has been successful in raising funds to begin work on renovating its communal kitchen as well as beginning construction on a new chapel building. These funds will be used to expand the height and area of the kitchen, as well as to replace a damaged roof with a new metal one. In addition to the kitchen, the FVF is excited to use these funds to begin work on a new chapel building. This chapel will serve as a centerpiece of their community. Elders at the home gather every day for a time of devotion and prayer in the open spaces. Seeing the importance of these gatherings, the FVF is hoping to provide elders with a separate place for worship that can be used for a variety of services and gatherings. In addition to the construction costs of the chapel, the FVF has been able to provide lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, furniture, microphones, televisions, and other worship essentials for their new chapel.
Looking forward, the next two priorities for the FVF are building and renovating dormitory rooms for elders and the construction of additional bathrooms in the Boys Home. Currently, the FVF shelters around 21 female elders—providing healthcare and medical assistance in partnership with a local hospital. However, the FVF continues to face difficulties in meeting all of the essential medical expenses due to the rising cost of healthcare in the region. The current FVF facilities can only accommodate 21 elderly residents; however, over the past few years more and more homeless and abandoned elders have been reaching out for support. To accommodate this increased need, FVF is in need of a larger dormitory with elder-friendly facilities such as raised toilets and access ramps for easy access and mobility.
In addition to the renovation of the rooms for the elders, the FVF is hoping to increase the capacity of their Boys Home. Once the boys reach the age of ten, they are transferred from the family cottages to the Boys Home. The FVF Boys Home holds around 50 children, but there are only five toilets. The FVF is hoping to increase the number of restrooms to 20 to meet the growing needs of the community.
In the coming years, the FVF has many projects that they are looking to begin including installing a solar water heater for bathing purposes, building a basketball court, and increasing the number of guest rooms for visitors. The FVF provides life-giving ministries for children and elderly adults. These adults provide “families” for the children and help to care for them while benefiting from the housing and support. As Family Village Farm continues to grow and improve their campus, the FVF will be able to assist more members of their society seeking assistance. Global Ministries welcomes gifts for the Family Village Farm.
For information on the the life and ministry of Pauline King, founder of the Family Village Farm, go to Pauline King Corner.
For more about Child Sponsorship, including information about sponsoring a child at Family Village Farm, go to Child Sponsorship.