Our last night in Mamallapuram we went to visit Hosanna Children home. We have brought a big bag of used childrens clothing from Denmark, and I also wanted to donate some money to the organization. I think handing money out to beggars, especially children, is an evil circle – but we felt obliged to help somebody, and not just stroll past all the poor and unhappy we meet on our travels.
So together with Pawel and Magdalena, we took a taxi from our hotel … They gave us such a friendly welcome. The children danced and performed, we played games together, and went out for a village walk. It was wonderfull to see which warm and hearty atmosphere Mr Balasamy, his wife and the wonderfull teacher can create. Having so little, they can still create a family for the children, and give them a good childhood.
Mr. Balasamy told us they have 10 orphans, and a child of their own. The house is tiny 3 rooms and a little yard – perhaps 50 square meters all together – and a leaky roof during monsoon time. Mamallapuram was hit by the tsunami, and this has left many children without parents. The orphanage is run without much financial aid – local shops donate rice and other food items.
Magdalena was taken by the girls, they painted her hand with henna, braided her hair with flowers – she was beautifull as a priness! Pawel enjoyed playing games with the boys. They gave us a lot of hugs, a lot of smiles – and taught us a few tamil words. I bought ballons and a carussel ride for the whole gang – this was the warmest feeling of happiness you can experience.
We went home in our tuk-tuk, thinking about which wonderfull people we just have met …
The adress of the orphanage is:
Hosanna Childrens Home For Orphans
Door. No. 47, Annal Gandhi Street
Mamallapuram / 603 104