In India, the caste system still prevails, with the Dalits at the bottom of the caste system. They often live in clay or straw huts, on the outskirts of the city or on the streets. The nehemia team India works primarily on educational opportunities for these people, who are often excluded from society.
Projects of nehemia team India
In the nehemia children’s center around 30 children (mostly Dalits) have found a new home where they can develop their personality and be educated. In the meantime, a kindergarten has also been set up in the centre.
Small Business Development
The nehemia team India offers sewing lessons for widows. Here up to eight widows learn how to handle fabrics and sewing machines.The duration of the training is six months and it is free of charge. The aim is for the widows to be able to run a microbusiness from home. School uniforms and simple articles of clothing are to be produced. Those who have completed the training are provided with a sewing machine as basic equipment.
The nehemia team India has opened its first school in India.145 children now have the opportunity to visit the school from Monday to Saturday. It is located in an extension of the children’s centre. Most of them are Dalit children (casteless). The few students who belong to families of higher castes have one thing in common with them: the poverty of their families.
Especially for “Dalit children” a sponsorship provides food, accommodation, clothing, school education and medical care. Adolescents can stay in the nehemia center until they reach the age of 18. Until then, they have usually also completed vocational training, so that from then on they can lead their lives independently.
Various training courses and seminars for employees and leaders of church congregations take place throughout the year.
News from India
As nehemia team we have already done so many things, but a herd of Indian water buffalos is new to us! Raja, our leader of the Indian nehemia team and experienced water buffalo farmer wants to do exactly that. He dreams of initially three water buffalos as the start...
In August 2018 a new project began in Rajahmundry: a sewing center for widows. Here up to eight widows have the opportunity to learn how to work with fabrics and sewing machines. Each training course runs for half a year and is free of charge. Nehemia team India was...
´Good things come to those who wait.´ This saying has proven true in one of Rajahmundry`s suburbs. “Back in 2003 nehemia team India dreamed of opening a school”, explains Carry MacFarlane, who visited the team leaders Raja and Ebba Sekhar last September. “In June 2018...
Carri Mac Farlane visited the Indian nehemia team’s childcare center last October and returned with good news: It’s finally time! The school we have long waited for, is finally being built! For thirteen years, Raja and Ebba have dreamt of building a primary school...
The Dalits (untouchables) are on the lowest rung of the Indian caste system. They are descendants of the aboriginal inhabitants of India. The name Dalit comes from a Sanskrit word “dal”, meaning ‘broken, torn, downtrodden, outcast, trampled, destroyed and openly...
Through the work of the Indian Nehemiah Team, which has been a major source of impetus, a broad network of Christian church leaders has been forming in Andhra Pradesh. To foster the development of these leaders and their churches, the Nehemiah Team has repeatedly sent...