Mizpah Founders (Mr & Mrs Mohan Das)
Unlike in the civilised societies, the caste
system still strongly prevails in rural India, resulting in
discrimination of the lower and out caste of the community. These people
hardly ever get a chance to move up on the social ladder because of
chronic suppression by the higher castes and classes. The dalit and low
caste children from parents without any job or income are being left to
fend for themselves. These children who live with the least care are
exposed to violence, battering and dangerous occupations and thus face
About Mizpah Home.
The Managing Trustee
Mr.Mohandass and his wife Jennifer were involved in a social
Organization as a childcare coordinator and warden from 1992, which was
caring for children in the category mentioned above for nine years.
These children were from the streets, sexually exploited, battered,
abused or rescued from child labour. 20-30% of prostitution in
Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai are children below the age of
15. According to a survey done in Bangalore in 1999 approximately 15 -
20 children arrive in the city in search of job or better future but
sadly end up with agents or tricksters who use them for begging, selling
magazines at signal lights and sexually exploit them.
I was seven years old when I lost my parents.
I was brought up in an orphanage where I learned to read and write.
There I also learned to put my trust in Jesus forsaking the lords and
gods of Hinduism. It was at the Orphanage that I felt a deep desire to
work for the upliftment of the poor and neglected children in society. I
decided that if I were given an opportunity to work with the
underprivileged children I would do all I can to make their lives easier
and happier than mine was. My opportunity came in 1992.
In January 2000 Mohandass and Jennifer with
their past experience and skills in childcare realized the vision to
commence a new home for the less fortunate children in the Nilgiris.
Based on their past personal experience the Mizpah Home started with six
orphan/destitute tribal girls from the state of Arunachal Pradesh. This
was in response to the desperate request of a Buddhist Lama. This Buddhist monk knew of the involvement of Mohandass and Jennifer in childcare and had great confidence in their capability.