Team

The founder of Mercy Home : Luben & Mercy Kumar
The founder of Mercy Home : Luben & Mercy Kumar

Luben Kumar

 

Being raised in a christian family, Luben Kumar grew up with the idea of human equality and became early alert for the issue of discrimination against Dalits in India. He got the vision to start a project, where Dalit children can grow up in dignity and with Mercy Home his dream became true. Read more...

 

Mercy Kumar

 

Working with young people from poor backgrounds was part of Mercys life ever since. As a teenager, she volunteered in a programme for underprivileged youths and became a teacher at a Dalit school, later on.

Luben Kumar could not have picked a more suitable wife for his vision of a Dalit orphanage. With her energy and talent to organize, she turned Mercy Home into a place, where generations of young Dalit children become independent adults. Read more...

That's our sunshine: Swoarna!
That's our sunshine: Swoarna!

Caretaker

 

Mercy Home started to support Swoarna in her education, when she was 15 years old. By then, she had lost her parents and lived with her grandmother in a Dalit neighbourhood.

In 2006 she joined Mercy Home and has ever since looked after the children with warmhearted patience and a bright smile one her face!

Tuut, tuut! Murugan is coming...
Tuut, tuut! Murugan is coming...

Driver

 

If Bus, Auto Riksha or private car – Murugan keeps Mercy Home running. As a bus driver, he takes the children to school and brings women and children from the villages to Mercy Home for Tailoring Computer Classes and Evening School. He also drives with Mercy to the vegetable market or picks Luben up from School. No doubt, he is an indispensable part of the staff!

Hmmm...Chapati!
Hmmm...Chapati!

Cooks

 

Wasantha, Anna and Danalakshmi are in charge of the kitchen. Rice, Chutney, Sambar – they know exactly how to feed children in a nutritious and delicious way! Besides, they also serve as 'extended caretakers'. They sleep each in one room with six children and help, whereever support is needed.

Thanks Annamalai & Yellama our fields are well kept!
Thanks Annamalai & Yellama our fields are well kept!

Gardener

 

Annamalai and Yellama are taking care of our Organic Garden. As former farmers, they bring deep knowledge about the natural growing of vegetables and herbs and have a good heart for the children, who join them in their work. They are wonderful members of our team!

Rani in the middle of stitching class
Rani in the middle of stitching class

Teachers

 

Rani teaches stitching in our Tailoring School, Bavani runs the Computer Centre and tutors come in the evenings to run the classes of our Evening School. 

 

Friends

Anneke on a visit in Mercy Home
Anneke on a visit in Mercy Home

Netherlands

 

Anneke Bouman runs our partner organization 'Friends of Mercy' in the Netherlands, which supports 40 children.

 

Every year she comes to spend the school summer break together with us in Tiruvannamalai.

 

E-mail : anneke_bouman@hotmail.com

Homepage: http://vriendenvanmercy.com/

Bob in nature with the kids
Bob in nature with the kids

USA

 

Bob Tabor from Boston, USA supports us since 2004, sponsoring 14 children.

 

He visits once per year and makes sure that every child gets an extra piece of chocolate and fun! :-)

 

Email: bobtabor@verizon.net

Gerlinde - the very first sponsor of Mercy Home
Gerlinde - the very first sponsor of Mercy Home

Germany

 

Gerlinde Hauswirth sponsored the very first two children in Mercy Home. It was her, who gave birth to the orphanage!

 

With her friends from Germany she sponsors 8 children.

Barbara with the Computer Class
Barbara with the Computer Class

Italy

 

Barbara sponsors our Italian Mercy Computre Training Centre since 2008, including the building and the running costs for teacher's salary and equipment.

 

E- mail : bdedaniel@libero.it

 

 

 

 

Other friends

 

The rest of our children is funded by sponsors from Denmark (l.), Sweden (m.) and Germany (r.).

 

Email: kabell@unnaryd.com (Sweden) and anne-kathrin.lang@philips.com (Germany)