Published Wed, May 25, 22.
Who are the residents of Mukti Mission?
The older the resident, the more likely they are an orphan. With no living mother or father, they were either abandoned somewhere and brought to the Mission by caring individuals, or they were brought by relatives when their parents died. As of 2012, UNICEF estimated that there were over thirty-one MILLION orphans in India! **See Below
Palomi* a True Orphan
Palomi was brought to Mukti Mission at the age of 8; old enough to understand the loss of both of her parents, but too young to fathom why. Why her? Why now?
Gratefully, Palomi came with her older sister and they were placed together in the Magnolia Flower Family. Now almost eighteen years old, Palomi has adjusted well to life with many new sisters. Having a new family can never replace the anguish that comes with a feeling of abandonment when parents die. There will always be a hole and a sense of loss along with many unanswered questions. Mukti can never restore the loss.
Palomi and many others like her do find the Mission extending compassion, care, and the warm embrace of those she has learned to trust. She has learned of peace she can embrace which helps her deal with such great loss. Over the intervening years, she has been afforded the education her parents would have desired for her and for her sister. Palomi has experienced great loss and sorrow, but Mukti is pleased to be a part of keeping her from being a statistic on the streets of India.
Our Partners also play a huge part in the rescue and empowerment of young girls and boys at Mukti Mission. Your investment in their lives brings true hope and healing through your prayers, giving, and volunteering. Thank you!
*Names changed for privacy and security. Images representative.
** The younger the residents at Mukti are no longer true orphans. The government of India has taken responsibility to care for orphans and has removed all orphans from private institutions such as Mukti. All 31,000,000?
Today, residents are either semi-orphaned (usually the father has died leaving the mother unable to care for the children adequately), or they are brought to the Mission due to extreme poverty issues within a family.