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                                                                               Father creates a home of joy for 16 orphans

Can call him ‘Father Theresa’. The man has 16 kids and none of them are his own. But all very dear to his heart.

       

   M. Sunith Kumar is Father, mother, friend and everything to the children whom he takes care of. “Save a Child” – the orphanage he runs is actually a home for unwanted and abandoned kids.

When two year old Joy, the latest one to join the home, cries, the whole lot of them go to attend on him. Joy loves every bit of attention that is bestowed upon him but as one can see, he is most comfortable in the lap of the man who loves them all – Sunith Kumar. At times, Joy may also perch himself on Kumar’s shoulders. “Joy’s joy is my joy,” Kumar says as he cuddles the little one.

That is how kumar had raised at least another 15 unwanted or abandoned children who have now ‘settled’ by landing a job. What makes his service different is that he does not go about asking people for money for the expenditure he incurs to run the home. “I do not even tell people indirectly about our need. I trust in God.”

And it is the trust that does wonders. As on enters the home at Regimental Bazaar in Secunderabad, a scribble “Jehovah Jireh” on the electric switchboard catches the eye. It simply means that God provides. “This happens in miraculous ways,” Kumar explains.

  

Once a man came to the ‘home’ and asked to be prayed for. The children prayed for him and before leaving, the guest gave them Rs 3,000 as gift. The children had not asked for it but the money was just sufficient to pay the telephone bill, for which kumar had bee praying.

“Much to our surprise, we saw the man’s photograph in the newspapers the next day. He was O.P.Nayyar,” Kumar recalls. Recently, someone from Kerala dropped by to donate a few bags of rice.

Kumar incurs expenses for getting the children’s school fee paid, uniforms stitched and their needs met. “Sometimes there are anxious moments but God has always take care of the kids. I don’t have to bother unduly,” Kumar says.

It was in 1986 that Kumar saw an abandoned boy on the footpath somewhere in the city. “I saw that nobody was picking him up. That troubled me a lot and set me thinking.” Very soon, someone brought tom him a seven-year-old boy whose mother had died and the father was unwilling to bring him up. “I don’t know why the person brought the boy to me. I only took it as a chance to take care of a boy who needed love and affection,” he recalls.

   

And then came more children including one who had been abandoned in a garbage bin. Last year, the police brought a one-year-old boy whom they had found. “I have also had months-old babies brought here,” he says.

What is even more interesting about the home is that most of the children have common birthdays. Their birthdays are almost always on August 15, January 26, October 2 or some such important day of national significance.

Boys who grow up and get a job somewhere leave while girls are married off. Weddings of two girls were also performed. “It makes me sad whenever the children have to leave. Everyone is in tears,” Kumar says with tearful eyes, reminded of the “birds that flew away.”

“No, I never give anyone for adoption.” Sunith Kumar says firmly. “When children are brought here, they find a home.”