The Anwesha Child Care Institution (CCI) sits on 6 acres of land in the northeastern state of Tripura. Surrounded by fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and a banana plantation, the picturesque campus is home to 51 children — 20 boys and 31 girls.
Founded in 2005 by Dr. Sreelekha Ray, Executive Director of the Voluntary Health Association of Tripura (VHAT), Anwesha initially began as an organization focused on preventative healthcare for Bangladesh refugees and others in need. Over time, they recognized the prevalence of child trafficking and violence in the community, so Anwesha’s passionate leaders took a stand to help those children in need of care and protection. Soon thereafter, Anwesha became the ChildLine contact for the region, serving as a free 24-hour emergency hotline for children in difficult circumstances. Today, Dr. Sreelekha continues to play an active role at Anwesha along with its loving leader, Ms. Jayanti Deb, who has been at the home since its founding.
In January 2013, the Miracle Foundation India team visited Anwesha to conduct their first orientation session. As Dr. Sreelekha sat through the orientation, tears of joy and hope filled her kind eyes. It was then that she realized her home was no longer alone. The children would be taken care of and, for the first time ever, Anwesha would receive constant funding, training, and support that would enable them to provide the utmost care to the children.
The Miracle Foundation is giving the children new clothing, undergarments, shoes, personal toiletries, school supplies, school uniforms, and tutors. We are working with the Anwesha team to provide comprehensive healthcare, nutritious meals with milk, vegetables, fruit, and protein, clean water, and training to equip their housemothers to better care for the children. Additionally, we have hired an on-site, full time social worker to join this organization to provide professional guidance to the children, many of whom have had to overcome past trauma.
Thanks to your support, we are able to partner with incredible leadership, caregivers and children at Anwesha. The children at Anwesha now get to experience a real childhood and a bright future, and we are thrilled to have you with us on this journey.