In 2001, HLWM started construction of the Hermon Children’s Home on a large compound called Hermon Mission Centre in Kalipatnam. An elementary school was also established. A second Children’s Home was built in Sarripalli in 2008. Today, a total of 160 children, many of them orphans, receive love and care, healthy food and a good standard of education. They are being raised in Christian discipline and enjoy singing and drama besides their studies.
Children of both Hindi and Christian background are accepted. Thanks to the church leaders in the various villages, HLWM is able to select children with the biggest needs.
Elementary and High Schools for roughly 500 children
Millions of Indian children do not have to the opportunity to attend school to learn to read and write. In many cases, they need to labor in order for their families to survive. Often, parents do not send their children to school because they cannot afford school fees, not to mention the costs for clothing, books and exercise books.
HLWM is running several schools including all necessary equipment for these children of the poorest. They receive school material, clothing and accommodation; they get meals and medical care if required. These children will be able to escape the vicious circle of poverty and badly paid work ultimately ruining their health.
Day nurseries for roughly 120 children
Many people in the delta area of the Golf of Bengal are laborers as fishermen or field workers. Often both parents have to work to feed their families. HLWM is in many cases using the churches in the various villages to give a roof and accommodation for small children. Here they can play and receive love - for many of them an almost incredible gift.
In summer 2008, the directors decided to give a green light for the construction of a junior vocational college in Saripalli. Thanks to some very generous donations, this college is operational since September in 2010.
The Vocational education gives two-year training courses to 75 student for IT, nursing and medical laborant and has the requirements of the Indian government, to give the students approved certificates.
In addition, HLWM is running tailoring centres for 85 young Hindu or Christian women to learn a profession and to make a living after they have graduated.
The illiteracy rate is still very high in the rural delta area HLWM is operating in. Although the Indian caste system does not officially exist anymore, it is still very much alive in Andhra Pradesh where many Dalits had never had the chance to learn to read and write. They therefore remain day laborers and unskilled workers all their lives. Since the foundation of HLWM, HLWM India has offered adult education in various villages. All tuition and learning materials is given to women and men free of charge. In addition, they receive essential information for their health care.