Our Affiliated Project: The J. Calvitt Clarke Home in Dornakal, Telangana, India

facts about The J. Calvitt Clarke Home:

  • Grade-levels served: First – tenth
  • Facility description: Within the large cathedral compound, the J. Calvitt Clarke Home includes a newly-renovated dormitory, a dining hall, several offices and an outdoor common area.
  • Curriculum: Education is the primary focus at the J. Calvitt Clarke Home. Instruction addresses core academic subjects: math, science, social studies, history, Telugu (the regional language), Hindi (the national language) and, in the higher-grade levels, English. Several students also attend the English medium school located in the compound.
  • Daily schedule: The boys rise early to complete assigned chores and attend class then end the day with time for recreation.
  • Nutrition: Three nutritious meals are served each day.
  • Recreational activity: Children participate in a variety of sports including soccer, cricket, field hockey and a number of vigorous games unique to India (such as kho-kho and kabaddi).

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 town of Dornakal, located about 100 miles east of Hyderabad in the southeastern Indian state of Telangana, is no exception to these maladies.

In this agricultural region, rice is the primary crop and source of income for thousands of workers. Poverty here is extensive, especially in years when droughts destroy the rice harvest. Since so many families cannot adequately provide for their children’s education or basic needs, the J. Calvitt Clarke Home serves as a beacon of hope. Named in honor of the father of Children Incorporated-founder Jeanne Clarke Wood, the J. Calvitt Clarke Home serves impoverished children in this region by providing for their basic, immediate needs while investing in their futures by way of a well-rounded education — the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.