In 1998, a week after severe flooding had destroyed many homes along the river Krishna and more than 100 people had drowned in the raging waters, Jay Rittker visited Vijayawada to explore Omega's involvement in that city.
Our plan was to establish an orphanage, but emergency relief for the flood victims was more urgent. Food, blankets and clothing were distributed to the people along the river. However, the care for orphaned and abandoned children was still the main purpose for Omega's mission in Vijayawada.
After sponsoring children in three different orphanages in that area, Omega currently supports the 'Omega Children & Elderly Care Center' in Vijayawada. Fourteen boys currently live at this home.
In addition to the boys, several elderly widows and widowers are being cared for at this home. Although we have previously provided assistance for widows in the communities where our homes are located, it is a new venture for us to have a home for the elderly men and women, whose families cannot, or will not, care for them.
It is heartbreaking to hear the boy's and elderly's stories of neglect and rejection, but we are glad that we are able to care for the elderly, and also that we can provide a safe home for the boys where they are raised by loving and caring house parents.
It reminds us of the scripture, which says, that "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress." (James 1:27 NIV)
One of the widows living at the home. Somebody found her along the roadside and brought her to the home. She is completely blind and needs special care.
Although Omega does not seek sponsors for the elderly, donations for their care are needed, and greatly appreciated!