September 10, 2004
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I visited Chennai (previously called Madras), India, in June
2004. While I
was there, every morning I walked around the city to get a sense
place, people, culture, and social interaction.
One morning, I
the CMS Children's Home, an orphanage set up by a Christian "father."
The manifest and primary functions of the institution are to provide
children with food, schooling or vocational training, and a shelter
night to protect them from the dangerous street life. What I learned
my conversations with the staff, children called "inmates",
and the local
neighbors, was that the institution was quite successful in achieving
Many of these Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
the responsibilities often taken up by governmental institutions
societies. These charity-based NGOs are not without their own
CMS definitely succeeds in exposing these children to the Christian
However, regardless of their religious agenda, the result is
praiseworthy because Indian streets are full of hard working children
meager warm lunch and a proper shelter at night.
Staff in these
institutions are often dedicated individuals who devote themselves
service and care for their fellow citizens..Next>>>
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