NORTH KARNATAKA AREA :
Dharwad became the centre of Basel Mission activities in 1837. A missionary bungalow, a school and a church came into existence. Missionary centres were also established at Hubli, Betageri and Guledagudd in 1889, 1840 and 1851 respectively. The early missionaries struggled to open orphanages for poor orphan children. There is no evidence to say when exactly the orphanages were opened. Presumably these orphanages were opened in the year 1842. It has come to light that earlier, some orphanages were already existing at Malasamudra, Hubli and Guledagudda.
When severe famine struck the place in 1847 many of the orphans nearly 100 were provided with food and shelter in the orphanage at Guledagudda. Later, in 1888 most of those orphans voluntarily took baptism. Among them, 82 children were sent to Betageri Orphanage. in 1881, the orphanage at Hubli was shifted to Betageri. The present orphanage building at Gadag - Betgeri was completed in 1906. From 1906 onwards, there was reduction in the number of orphans. Majority of the children were from remote villages, illiterate families and unhealthy conditions. People in charge of those orphanages had to face a critical situation during World War - I. Still having hope in Almighty God, they continued the task of taking care of the children. Funds were raised in Switzerland for the poor children and the adoption of the orphans came into practice. We had students home for boys and girls at Dharwad. Now, the above said homes have been converted as Basel Mission Boys’ Home, Dharwad and Basel Mission Girls’ Home, Dharwad. The CCCYC is now supporting these Homes. They are catering to the needs of hundreds of children who are from the poor background.
A BRIEF REPORT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF BASEL MISSION GIRLS’ HOME, DHARWAD.
Basel Mission Girls’ Home, Dharwad has produced teachers, staff-nurses, geriatric nurses, critical care specialists, computer instructors, bank employees, evangelists, clerks, instructors, politicians, social workers, self-employed and good house-wives. Some of them serve in India and a few abroad. About 582 children have been admitted to our home and enjoyed the basic facilities. Ultimately, the inmates have proved themselves as the worthy citizens in their respective fields. Some of the activities of this Girls’ Home include - Vocational guidance, community outreach programmes, curricular and extra-curricular activities. The home has structured a progressive action plan based on the over all development of children keeping in mind the needs of children. The home offers an impressive range of co-curricular activities to all the children. Under work—experience programme, painting, stitching, embroidery making of envelopes, gardening and maintaining of petty shop helped the children to know the value of dignity of labour. Talks on career guidance, modern education and rapidly changing scenario of dignity of value education and spiritual activities, cater to the children with transforming aptitude, thus, ensuring the widest possible participation in personality and character development. The children’s cabinet gives them an opportunity in this regard. In addition to medical check-up, talks on health care are arranged and follow-up treatment is given to the children. The home has a well-equipped library, which is updated yearly. Special coaching is arranged to improve to studies. At present, children are admitted from 3rd Std. to graduation. A busy schedule, a cheerful spirit and positive mind make the life very pleasant at Basel Mission Girls’ Home, Dharwad.
CSI rehabilitation centre for polio affected children, Gadag—Betgeri was started on 28th June, 1993 with 30 polio affected children. In the year 1999, a big building was built with the kind help of Austrians. In the 2013 the instution was renamed as CSI Premanilya today there are 65 special children in it.
BELLARY AREA :
Soon after a year of his arrival to Bellary in the year 1811, John Hands opened a charity home at fort, Bellary. ln 1836, Bellary Poor Asylum was started to help the needy people. Bevdohn Reeds took initiative to start home for boys and girls in 1830. For the last two centuries, these homes have been a great help to the poor and rural children for their education. Formally, they were called as London Mission Boys’ Boarding Home, Bellary and London Mission Girls’ Boarding Home, Bellary. Now, the name has been changed as CSl Boys’ Home, Bellary and CSI Girls’ Home, Bellary. For some years, Christian Children Fund (CCF) supported these homes and later KNH of Germany through CCCYC. At present, there are 90 children in the CSI Girls Home, Bellary and 35 children in CSl Boys’ Home, Bellary who are from Hindu, Muslim and Christian backgrounds. As early as 1946, a creche had been started by the Women' Fellowship of Holy Trinity Church,‘Bellary.
At present, we have 02 creches in our Diocese namely, CSl Women’ Fellowship Creche Bellary, Preetiniketan Creche, Dharwad, Ashakiran Day Centre, Betageri. The "main objective of this creche programme is to provide the children with well balanced diet, clean clothes and quality education to the poor children from the slums. The goal of this project is well being of not only the children and empowerment of women and youths to bring substantial development in the chosen communities. This is to help the needy people to develop self-reliance and awareness by utilisation of the resource available in the communities.
During the last nearly 4 decades, the Kindernothilife (KNH) organisation has been helpful to us. Through the generous help of KN/CCCYC, hundreds of children who had been deprived to education of orphan, semi—orphan, poor and rural background had an opportunity to get an education and settle in their life. Now, they are holding good positions in our society as well as in the church.
In our Diocese, at present, we have 10 normal homes, 2 Creches and 2 orphanages. All these homes and centres have been supported by KNH/CCCYC EMS Stuttgart and our Diocese. We have around 1000 children in our homes and centres. There are around 21 child care workers who are engaged in the. ministry of children as wardens, social workers and nurses.