REALITY ON THE STREETS
The reality on the streets is terribly harsh. People are abandoned by their families and society and there is no one to look after them. They are malnourished and on the threshold of death but there is no one to heed to their call. They are left alone, uncared and homeless. Many of them suffer from HIV, Tuberculosis, cancers, liver and kidney diseases, besides being mentally and physically challenged. They lie in unhygienic conditions – hungry, thirsty and naked, soaked in their urine and faeces, with their faces and bodies sore with mosquito bites and their hair all entangled and full of lice.
Our team comprises of the brave-hearted and the loving. We serve to relocate the poor and destitute from the streets and bring them into a house of healing and compassion. In other words, we use God’s flashlight in our hearts to find and pick up our loved ones from the miserable environment where they’re left uncared and abandoned to take them to a place where they can live with dignity like members of a loving family and not like street animals. At the start of the day, Raja and his team scout for the distressed and destitute, in immediate need and bring them into the home. Over time, we’ve found friends in society to help us with our mission – The city Police, 108 Ambulance services, RVM and even beggar colonies send people to our home. Over a span of two decades God’s love has helped us rescue more than 11,000 people from the streets of Bangalore and some 7,000 people have died with dignity and in peace. Many have been restored to great health and have reunited with their families while others who stayed back for reasons of their own, are witnesses to God’s love and one man’s untiring service to His people!
BRINGING PEOPLE FROM THE STREETS INTO THEIR NEW HOME OF HOPE
We work for the poor and downtrodden, destitute and sick people. We work to rescue them from the streets and bring them under one roof to fulfill their needs. We provide them with food, clothing and shelter in our home and also look after their health by providing medical care. We manage 4 different projects, 1 each for ladies/gents/boy children and girl children.
Our organisation is funded only through public and well wishers and we do not have govt. Support. Our founder wants to involve every citizen of our country by donating just 1 Rupee per day for this noble cause. One Mother Teresa or One Auto Raja Can’t change the nation.
It is our nation and each person responsibility to look after such poor and destitute people.
Raja and his team start the day in their vehicles, an autorikshaw and an ambulance (Rescue Chariots) and bring ailing people from the streets. The local people in the area also inform Raja about those in distress and who need help immediately. The Police Department of Bangalore and the Hoysala Police patrol squads work closely with the organisation by identifying and bringing destitute people from the streets to the Home of Hope. Every month at least 10-15 people are rescued and brought to the home.
KIND OF PEOPLE RESCUED
The people rescued often suffer from acute illnesses such as AIDS, Cancer and Kidney failures. Others are very old and weak while some are mentally and physically challenged. Most of these people are in their last stage of life.
HOW THEY ARE TREATED
All the residents are treated with care. Raja and his team make every effort to make the life of the residents comfortable and memorable. Raja has two full time helpers, Mani Meghalay and her husband Madan who cook, do all the cleaning and maintenance work.Some of them are violent and dangerous, especially when they are first rescued. They hurl at you, but patience brings them around, says Raja. Misguided fortitude often makes them run back to the streets, as they are unable to come in terms with their own helplessness. But Raja takes time to counsel them
Birthdays of the residents are decided by the members itself and they are celebrated with a lot of gratitude. Other occasions are also celebrated in the home.
One of the remarkable services offered here is that every effort is made to fulfill the last wish of a dying person. Some residents, in their final moments of life have desired to eat an apple; an egg or some sweets. Some have asked for a good meal while others pray and peacefully leave the world. Raja considers it his priviledge to be able to care for these people in their final moments. Many residents of the home die in Rajas arms.
DEATHS IN THE CAMPUS
In the past 9 years, 175 people have died in the campus. Every month minimum of 5 -10 people die in the campus. Every month more than 10-15 people are rescued and brought to Home of Hope. Cremation, the bodies are burnt outside in a government crematorium.