We are pleased to celebrate the new land at Kendur confirmed and building work has already started. It won’t be long before we have to lovely home one for girls, one for boys in this village. This replacement building in Kendur will serve Maher for many years into the future.
As Maher’s reputation increased, more and more children from Kendur wished to be admitted.
The Organisation therefore thought it wise to establish a house in this location and led by staff members, Hira and Anand, a suitable premises was found. Working with local government and villagers, approval for the rented house was obtained, community projects and a local self help group were established and in June 2002 the house became a home with two housemothers and a social worker. The Inauguration took place on November 27, 2002 by Mr. Gerrit Vand Leeuw and Mr. Taeke Meindertsma from Holland.
At present twenty five children live in the Kendur home, both boys and girls. For sleeping purposes the house has two separate rooms adjacent to the house and also a small room which can act as an office. Although we were fortunate to find this premises, the outside wall touches the nearby temple. There is therefore a lot of disturbance when people visit the temple with the bell ringing all the time and loud singing of bhajans. This can disturb the children’s study but the arrangement can also bring joy when temple worshippers visit the children at the house giving them the opportunity to meet and learn from a wide range of people. Another great advantage at Kendur is that the temple well provides a lot of water for the house.
A kindergarten and a community hall (2003)
The kindergarten at Thakarvasti, Kendur was inaugurated on July 20, 2003 at the hands of Bernhardt Girardi, one of the first benefactors of Maher, who specially flew from Austria for the function.
Mr. Girardi also inaugurated the community hall for the benefit of the Thakar tribal community. It marked the beginning of involvement of Maher in the development of the tribals who happen to be one of the most neglected and exploited communities in India.
The year 2004 saw the opening of Navjeevan Children’s Home at Kendur on August 22. This is located in a tribal area and the tribal children are now able to attend school giving a chance of development. One young lady has graduated as a nurse and has now married and settled, another has become a teacher.
Since Maher runs a Day Care Centre in the village parents are now able to go out to work whilst ensuring children are supervised and looked after during the day. Maher are providing nutritious meals to the children in day care and children are no longer roaming around alone whilst parents go out to seek work.
Asha Kiran (2010)
Asha Kiran (Rays of Hope) Children’s Home was inaugurated on July 14, 2010 at Kendur by Rajaram Raskar, Dy. Chairman of the village gram panchayat (Fuenferrat). The functiuon was attended by the gram panchayat members and a large number of villagers.
Year by year the number of children coming to Maher continued to increase, especially older children requiring higher studies. The home in Vadhu was already crowded which is why Sister Lucy, along with the Organisation’s board members, decided to open another home. In order to retain the Maher family values, the unit needed to accommodate no more than twenty five children and must continue the trend of being community oriented. As usual, it was very difficult to find suitable accommodation but in the village of Kendur Maher found a building which was currently unused and in poor condition. Mr Pradeep Harishchandra Sakore and Mr. Vijay Harishchandra Sakore kindly donated this house to accommodate the children. Maher staff member Prakash along with John, William and some of the older children, worked very hard to clean and repair the home. There were no toilets and the supply of electricity and water was also a problem. The hard working staff ‘left no stone unturned’ as they got everything together for Ashakiran. Building toilets would have been very expensive, so instead Maher decided to set up fabricated toilets – the second of the Organisation’s homes to use fabricated toilets. Ashakiran is the first Maher home to have a couple looking after the children which has so far proved to have very positive results. After all the hard work and renovations, Ashakiran has proved itself to be a safe and warm place for the College age girls as well as the 10th standard girls who came later.