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Children in Need

Secret Success

The of Their

The secret, alumni say, is love text and photographs by Don Duncan

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hipla Joy, Devika Narayanan and Deepu Sasidharan are three very different people. They hail from different parts of Kerala, a state in southwestern India, and from different family backgrounds. They have different interests and pursue different callings. Yet these young adults share something in common: their needs as children and students were attended to in child care initiatives of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. “I had to leave home because my father was an alcoholic,” says

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22-year-old Shipla Joy from the town of Mundakayam, in southern Kerala. To shield her from abuse and violence, at the age of 12 she was brought to a nearby children’s home run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart. When Divika Narayanan’s father died of a heart attack, her mother wanted to be closer to her own family for support. She moved the whole family from their home in Wayanad in northern Kerala to Cochin, the economic capital of the state, where Divika, now 25,

entered St. Mary’s Children’s Home and Girls’ School at age 11. Deepu Sasidharan’s father abandoned his family when the 29-year-old Deepu was only 4. Unable to support them on her own, his mother was forced to place her children in the care of institutions. Young Deepu entered a home called St. Peter’s Sneha Bhavan in his native city of Attappadi in central Kerala. Each of the three remembers the transition from family to institution as painful, but each also describes a

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ONE Magazine June 2017  

The official publication of Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)

ONE Magazine June 2017  

The official publication of Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)

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