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Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James Chapter 1 Verse 27


ashua Sanctuary Children’s Home was established on 1st June 2004 . Yashua Sanctuary is a Christian organisation dedicated to saving new born baby girls that are either abandoned or will die because of ancient prejudices that still exist in parts of India.

The practice is excused and condoned on many grounds. Girls are seen as nothing more than a drain on a family’s resources. The first daughter is allowed to live because soon she will assume household chores. But the chance of life for a second or third daughter diminishes drastically.

According to some studies, more than 16 million baby girls a year in India are killed by their mothers or by village midwives called dayans. Female infanticide in India does not affect the upper or middle classes. But among the poor, especially in backward rural areas, female infanticide is still commonplace.

A women’s life is dominated by rituals which involve the distribution of money and gifts. A family’s honour rests on its ability to conduct ceremonies appropriately, including, of course, the dowry and wedding. A prospective groom can typically demand a dowry equivalent to one years salary, along with gifts such as gold, household goods and, perhaps, a vehicle. Without the dowry there is no marriage.



Hannah Ellora * Hannah, Leela, Ellora and Maya were born in rural Hyderabad and are now living at Yashua Sanctuary with other girls. Their start to life was typical of many girls that are unwanted. Without intervention they would have been killed at birth or died soon after. We started to build relationships with tribal leaders and after many months they eventually agreed to contact us when a baby girl had been born and was unwanted. Money was immediately sent to provide food, until the child could

Annesha be collected. By the time we had received the children they were severely malnourished and very weak due to lack of care. *Annesha was the first child we received. Born illegitimate, Annesha’s father was intent on sacrificing her to his god. The mother went into hiding until the child was born and then was desperate to see her child given a secure home. *All names changed to protect identity.

If having read this brochure you feel that you would like to become involved, please contact us so we can continue to make a difference.



Telephone: Email:

Yashua Sanctuary 39 Elm Road Little Clacton Clacton-on-Sea Essex CO16 9LP 01255 860112

Hyderabad • Goa •

Yashua Sanctuary India Trust No. 1154/2004/Goa UK Charity No. 1120248

If you would like to make a donation, please fill in the attached form or make cheques payable to Yashua Sanctuary and post to the address below. Address:

Yashua Sanctuary 39 Elm Road Little Clacton Clacton-on-Sea Essex CO16 9LP Telephone: 01255 860112 Email:


* Yes, I would like to become involved and make a donation toward the work of Yashua Sanctuary. Standing Order Form Return completed form to Yashua Sanctuary.

Name Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms _________________________________ Address ________________________________________________ Postcode _____________________

To the Manager:

Signature ______________________________________

Name of the Bank or Building Society ______________________

Date _____________________

Address ________________________________________________ Postcode _____________________ Account No. __________________ Sort Code ________________ Please pay Yashua Sanctuary Account No. 23119810, Sort Code: 60-05-33 NatWest Bank plc Clacton-on-sea Essex CO15 1TA This sum of ÂŁ ___________________________________________ On the __________________ day of _______________ 20_______ This date should be at least one month from today The donation should be the same sum.

Monthly Quarterly Yearly

Yes, I do require an acknowledgement (please tick or we will assume you do not; this will help us save on administration costs). Gift Aid Declaration I would like Yashua Sanctuary to reclaim tax on any donations I have made over the last six years and all future donations until I notify you otherwise. Signature ______________________________________ Date _____________________ Please let us know if you change your address or if you no longer pay an amount if income tax or capital gains equal to the tax we will reclaim on your donation (currently 28p for every ÂŁ1 you give). For more information about Gift Aid, standing orders, legacies or fundraising, please telephone our office on 01255 860112

Thank You * Yashua Sanctuary Registered Charity No 1120248 in England is a fundraising charity specifically for the benefit of Yashua Sanctuary Trust No 1154/2004/Goa in India.

Yashua Sanctuary Leaflet  

Leaflet describing the work of Yashua Sanctuary

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