Homes for Infants
In its Homes for Infants, SKGA provides free, long-term, comprehensaive care for abandoned infants. New-born and young children up to the age of five years are cared for by dedicated housemothers and assistants.
Homes for Children
In the Children’s Homes, admission is open to all needy, orphaned or neglected children and young people between six and twenty years of age. No discrimination is made on the basis of caste, creed, community, class or culture. After high school, some children remain members of the ashram to pursue studies; others continue to live and work at the orphange until they become self-reliant.
Courses in tailoring and agricultural management for young women from the local rurual communities
- Meaningful employment for poor widows, single women and mothers
- Care for homeless elderly men and women
- Day care service at two nearby villages
- Employment for local labour for agricultural needs
- Distribution to poor families of relief food-aids from the EU.
To meet the daily on-going needs of the children
To provide adequate education
SKGA is constructing its own school. The goal is an adequately equipped primary and secondary school which will allow its young people and children from surrounding rural families to acquire the benefits of a modern education. In the past few years, both the Basilian Fathers and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association have been generous donors of this school project.
To provide medical care
SKGA is in the process of constructing a small clinic which will serve both the orphanage and local community. As an example of the Gurukula tradition, a former orphan who has recently graduated from medical school wishes to make the clinic part of her practice!
Self-sufficiency in food production
At present SKGA cultivates fruit and vegetables on land provided by donors from Canada and France. It is now preparing land for rice paddy, but this is dependent upon funding for a much-needed irrigation reservoir.