ABOUT THE FOUNDER



When Rev. Joseph Nathaniel was at Shanthi Nilayam, Padanthorai, he was very close to the children of this home. They called Rev. Nathaniel as "Appa", meaning "Father". In 1976 Rev. Nathaniel retired from his service and moved to udhagamandalam. Two Chetty boys, namely Velayutham Solomon and Rathinadoss, found it difficult to manage without Rev. Nathaniel at Shanthi Nilayam, and missed his gospel work (they used to carry the Gospel equipments). Both these boys, one day, landed at "Esther Villa" which shocked Rev. Nathaniel and he advised them to return back to Padanthorai. But the boys refused stubbornly. Rev. Nathaniel had no choice but to welcome these loving boys into his home.

The new children's home at Esther Villa started with these two Chetty boys, on the 17th of October 1976, on Rev. J. Nathaniel's 61st birthday. This home grew day by day and within a couple of months, the home had 14 children. This home has been named as" The Happy Home". Bishop of Tranquebar mentioned as

- Bishop T. Aruldoss
Since the formation of this home, International Child Welfare Service, Denmark, Mr. Brynjulv Melve. Esq., Norway, St. Simon Zelotes, Necton Parish, St Catherin's Parish, Norwich, England and few individuals are supporting this home till date.