Cindy’s Place Children’s Home currently has a space capacity for up to 200 children to live and 600 to be educated on the campus. This includes kitchen facilities, bathrooms, showers, space for recreation, and dormitories for boys and girls. The children’s home will be overseen by a staff of caretakers, cooks, teachers, mentors, and security personnel.
As part of each child’s care, children meet with mentors when they first arrive, and are given a chance to develop a plan that includes a life mission statement, goals for their education and development, and a personal development plan to meet those goals.
Children who are brought to our home are often orphans who have had one or both parents pass away, with no one to adequately care for them. Or they are born into a situation where they can’t be cared for properly due to poverty, illness, or political, religious, or sectarian tension.
The Children’s Home has had over 200 children at the peak in 2008, but currently has only 21 children in it’s care. We hope to begin opening our doors to children as our financial situation stabilizes, and the campus is prepared to once again be a home to the homeless.
Cindy’s Place is named for an inspirational friend of the Mekalas, Cindy Lipscomb who lost two of her three daughters at the ages of 10 and 8, and became a mother to so many people who knew her through involvement in her community in Memphis, and her giving to causes around the world.
Following a 2006 visit by her husband Mat, Cindy visited India in 2008 with her daughter Jesse Anne and a team from their church. She showed us her servant’s heart through kindness to people in the surrounding villages, and working with children every day, braiding hair, teaching English, helping with chores and being a mother to many orphans who never knew their own.
Cindy passed away in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, faith and love that we hope to continue bringing to the children of India.