Our Affiliated Project: The Durgi Home in Durgi, Andhra Pradesh, India

Quick facts about the Durgi Home:

  • Ages served: 6 – 19
  • Facility description: A small complex of buildings consists of a new two-story dormitory — provided through Children Incorporated — and a dining hall.
  • Education: Children attend local schools, including the nearby Sacred Heart Primary School, where they receive instruction in core academic subjects as well as rudimentary English.
  • Academic schedule: In India, the school year varies some by region but typically begins in late June and ends in late April, with a two-to-three week break in December.
  • Daily activities: Children perform daily assigned chores around the home and participate in a variety of recreational activities. Favorites include volleyball, soccer, cricket and badminton.
  • Health and nutrition: Children receive three nutritious meals each day. Their health is closely monitored, and nuns provide basic care in a small dispensary. More serious injuries and illnesses are treated at a local hospital.

From the snowcapped Himalayans to tropical beaches, India is truly a nation of contrasts. It boasts a rich history spanning tens of thousands of years. In fact, the earliest known civilization in South Asia once called India’s fertile Indus Valley home. Today, with the world’s second-largest population, India includes a staggering variety of ethnicities, languages, religions and cultures. Its wealth of natural resources and vibrant cultures, however, belie the abject poverty in which so many of India’s citizens live. The city of Durgi, located in India’s southeastern rice-producing state of Andhra Pradesh, is no exception to these maladies. Many of the families in this region are of indigenous descent and live in mud-walled huts. In this agricultural region, the only form of employment is working the fields of local landowners, which pays very little. Disease, malnutrition and a lack of education contribute to the extreme poverty these families endure. For this reason, the Durgi Home serves as a beacon of hope.

Originally established by the Catholic Diocese of Guntur in 1982, the Durgi Home began as a health center, and ten years later expanded to include a boarding home which provides area children with a place to stay while attending local schools. In 1998, brothers and sisters of the Order of the Sacred Heart opened a school nearby to further benefit the children of this community. In this impoverished region of India, the Durgi Home offers children from impoverished families the opportunity to rise above the difficult socioeconomic circumstances from which they come.