As well as caring for orphans, Dayspring House near Hyderabad, India, is a place of refuge for children from homes devastated by alcohol abuse and broken relationships.
Sirisha, now 11, and her two sisters were taken to Dayspring two years ago by their uncle who was concerned for their safety. Their mother had entered a new relationship, leaving the children with their father who is a heavy drinker.
Subsequently her dead body was found on a railway.
“Our hearts melted when we saw the conditions in which they were living and heard their story,” says Pastor Samuel Babu who runs Dayspring House and its associated elementary school. “Their father used to whip them with an electric cable if they asked for food.”
At Dayspring they enjoy regular meals and attend classes five days a week. Reflecting on Sirisha’s progress at school, Samuel Babu says: “At first the girls were poor in their studies but this year they have all got good marks.
“Sirisha got over 60 percent in all her subjects. Her favourite subjects are environmental science and maths. The classes are held in Telugu which is her mother tongue and she is trying hard to learn English.
“I don’t want to imagine what her life would be like were it not for Blythswood’s support.”
photo above: Sirisha pictured recently at the home of her uncle and aunt, for children like her, Dayspring is a place of refuge and opportunity