BETHANY HOME

Development is an aspect that cannot be overlooked when an Institution strives for progress. Bethany Gardens was a barren land ten years back. Now it looks like the "EDEN GARDEN". Many crops are cultivated in this garden. These include fruit trees like pomegranate, lemon, coconut, figs, gooseberry, cashew, mangoes, guavas and varieties of vegetables. The yield derived from this land is used for the upkeep of the Old Age Home. It is not only a Home but also a Community Centre indulging in various activities. Mr. Brynjulv Melve of Norway, who visits us every year helped us financially for a bore-well and for the fencing around Bethany.

BETHANY AGE HOME

For the past eight years, the old age home at Bethany has been a shelter to many destitute and abandoned aged people. Many were taken from the streets, whom their family and children had abandoned.

This home provides with free food, accommodation, clothing and medical aid to its inmates. We do our best to make them happy. They are longing for love and affection.

   

As of now, we can accommodate only twelve aged people. More funds are required to increase the strength of the inmates of this Home.

   

The friends from Norway made this Home a much better one by providing for wooden cots and proper roofing.

To provide them a homely atmosphere and to keep them happy, we often have get-togethers and even campfires at nights. The fear of the future has vanished from their faces.

A grand burial is given when a death occurs. We have our own cemetery. It is not only a place of shelter, but a caring Centre for the good old people who were thrown into the streets by their own people.

In the Holy Scripture, it reads as, " He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will He pay him again." proverbs: 19:17

The beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd is situated in the middle of Bethany. This church was donated by Mrs. Effie Joyce of Chelsea, England.

Every Sunday, divine services are conducted in the Church and Holy Communion is served on First Sundays of every month and during festival days.

It is not only a place of worship but also a place of peace and consolation.

The church bell rings thrice a day (6a.m. - 12noon - 6p.m.) to pronounce the love of our Master. The cross in red colour reflects His presence and blessings in the villages around. We also conduct services at other places and centres near Bethany.

One of the main aims of Bethany is to follow and teach others about the importance of natural / organic farming. We teach the surrounding people about the dangers of using chemicals in Agriculture.

Bethany has adopted the fully organic way of farming and the vegetables that we cultivate are given exclusively for the aged people. We need three tones of organic manure every year. To have our own organic manure, we bought 50 kgs of African Earth Worms and started with one bed. Now we have approximately 5000kgs of Worms and manure producing eighteen beds. We get enough organic manure for the farm and in future, the excess manure will be sold outside.

Bethany becomes a model organic field in this area and we get chemical-free, healthy products.

Bethany Gardens is becoming greener day by day by the use of organic manure.

Since we do not have the flow of funds to maintain the Old Age Home, we have started an ornamental fish farm at Bethany to raise some funds. We breed ornamental fish in twelve big tanks. The fish are marketed at the Udhagamandalam market. When you watch the colourful fish, it talks of the hand works and the creation of the Lord Almighty. Ornamental fish are now being used as therapy in various medical fields.

Apart from this fish farming, we also have Honey Bee Farming, Pigeons and Love Birds, which collect some amount when sold.