Club Asteria Collaborates with Mercy Orphanage Foundation in Andhra Pradesh, India

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Global membership organization, Club Asteria, pursues mission to end global poverty by providing funding to Mercy Orphanage in India. Supporting poor children to provide food, shelter and free education.

Chinnam says that “today they are small, but one day they will grow and become good citizens. I think they too can support the organization to help many other children.”

Club Asteria has announced a collaboration with the Mercy Orphanage Foundation and Old Age Home in Andhra Pradesh, India. Children are the future of every country though many children roam the street, live in poverty and are forced into child labor all around the world. In an effort to end the cycle of poverty around the world, membership organization Club Asteria believes this project, among others, will support this change for the future of the world.

Andrea Lucas, Managing Director of Club Asteria, selected the Mercy Orphanage Foundation to be a beneficiary of funding to assist in education. Lucas states, "Children placed in Mercy Orphanage are receiving a revitalized chance to become great citizens of the world. With a mission to end the cycle of poverty, our community supports underserved regions of the world with help in the areas of micro loans, funding for education and improving health conditions. Dr. Naidu's story is not uncommon and we are interested in helping those people who want to make the world a better place."

The Mercy Orphanage Foundation and Old Age Home is run by Chinnam Naidu and his wife, Dhanalaxmi. Over fifty children and 5 elderly persons are cared for at this moment. Each child and elderly person is provided with food, water, education, medical needs and a safe place to live. Chinnam has over 8 years experience with servicing the poor and needy, starting as a doctor, before becoming involved in caring for the injured after the tsunami of 2004.

Seeing a need to help the homeless and poverty stricken children in India, Chinnam struggled to start the orphanage, which began with the care of 10 children. The number of children under their care grew to over fifty. Though Chinnam’s help is making a difference, there are still hundreds of children who live in the street, are too poor to eat or are forced into child labor. Child labor is a big problem in India, and providing education to children is one way of fighting this part of the illegal economy.

Chinnam Naidu has plans and vision for the future of these children, including buying enough land to be able to build school buildings, a kitchen and land to cultivate food. By buying his own land, Chinnam would be able to reduce the cost of rent, and provide shelter to orphans and poor children. Chinnam also plans to build a chicken farm, which would help support the organization. His main focus for the children is to provide them with free education and safety.

Chinnam Naidu and his wife have sacrificed many of their own needs to help children in need. Their goal is to provide everything they can to offer the children an education and hope for a brighter future. Chinnam says that “today they are small, but one day they will grow and become good citizens. I think they too can support the organization to help many other children.”

Every child is an opportunity for creating a better future. Mercy Orphanage Foundation does this every day by providing poor and homeless children with the tools and knowledge they need to be able to make a change in their future. Club Asteria supports efforts to help and educate children, and this creates excitement for funding the education of over 50 children in India through the Mercy Orphanage Foundation and Old Age Home.


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