"If we hope to change the world, we have to begin with the children."

Tamil Nadu, India

The Seventh Star Children’s Home serves physically handicapped, visually handicapped, orphaned, low caste, and leprosy afflicted children, many of whom have been abandoned.

As a young man, Paul Vijaykumar, founder of Seventh Star Children’s Home, cried when he saw orphaned, abandoned, or disabled children in his community – the “untouchables” of India. As an adult, he sold his wedding ring to provide a home for these children. Since 1999, he and his wife, Umarani, have run the Seventh Star Children’s Home. Paul and Umarani and their 5-year-old son, live, eat and sleep with their “other” children.

tamil_nadu_paul_and_wifeRecently Paul wrote the SCF about his dream for the Seventh Star Children’s Home:

  1. Find enough funding sources to meet the childrens’ needs to cover all their expenses, at present we have 32 children at Seventh Star. We would like to have at least 120 children in next five years.
  2. Find suitable board members who will be have the same vision I have. If I find the board members who will accompany me in the same path then there won’t be any problem for the ambition of my service motive.
  3. Seventh Star needs to have its own building which would help to carry out its activities including land for cultivation which may allow dairy cows and chickens.
  4. Find transportation to help take the children to the church, finding volunteers to assist in our work as teaching children in their education as well fulfill the children spiritual needs like teach gospel stories, music and conducting family home evening.

Yours loving brother,
Paul Vijayakumar

SCF has recently helped purchase a multi-purpose van for Seventh Star to transport the children.

Please help Paul love, shelter and educate more children and reach the rest of his goals!

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD
Photo by Dianna Douglas

Photo by Dianna Douglas

Fifteen-year-old Devi has progeria, the disease which causes rapid aging. Her legs are also paralyzed from childhood polio — a disease only read about in the history books in developed countries. Devi is one of 32 children living currently living at the children’s home. Seven of the children at the home have parents with leprosy. Four have physical disabilities. Many are orphans. All are abandoned. Nine-year-old Antoniayammal’s father is serving a life sentence in prison.

These are the “lucky ones.” These are the children of the Seventh Star Home in a small rural village in southern India. Most “untouchables” in India — adults and children alike — live on the streets. The 32 Seventh Star children have food, a chance for some education and a roof over their heads.

 

 

Photo by Dianna Douglas

Photo by Dianna Douglas

Paul Vijaykumar, founder of Seventh Star Children’s Home, regularly serves two to six leprosy colonies. He brings medicine, bandages and food and dresses their ulcered wounds. Where does he get these supplies? Ambulance service is scarce in India, so when he sees automobile accident victims on the side of the road, he gives them first aid, then “carries” them to the nearest hospital. In return, the hospital staff allows him to take a bandage, a roll of gauze or some medicine. He stores these in a black box, and when the box is full he visits the colonies.

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