Kirubai Children’s Home was founded in the late 1990’s in Bengaluru, India. Our staff of three started by taking in two children whose mother had died and father was sick with AIDS. Kirubai Children's Home is comitted to reunification of family and the international model of foster care. When possible, the children are reunified. Over the years, more than 16 children have been reunified with their birth families and have moved into our Family Support Program.
Kirubai Children's Home has just a few children under the age of 18 in residential care. Many have grown up to start careers and families. Once the children reach 18, they become a part of our Extended Care Program. Here they are continually nurtured and brought into adulthood by our staff. Modeling our home after our own Indian Kinship System, young adults continue to receive support and guidance until they are settled into their own marriages and careers. All are encouraged and supported to complete a Bachelor-level college degree. Currently, 12 children are presently enrolled in ECP
To date, 20 children have graduated from ECP. These 20 are working in various jobs as happy, healthy, and productive members of society. Several are married. Several have families of their own. Many continue to help support the younger ones at home. They work as teachers, social workers as well as in the sports industry, fitness industry, Business world, Commercial industry, and more. Some are pursuing masters level education. We are very proud of our graduates.
Family Support Network
In a context of widespread poverty and a dwindling family system, many single mothers who had lost their husbands to alcohol, accident related deaths etc. started seeking shelter for their children in various children's homes that were meant for those children with absolutely no kith and kin whatsoever. The same occurred with a home under the Kirubai Project, where these mothers were willing to abandon their rights of parenthood and place their children in this home in order for their children to receive good education and a decent quality of life. This moved the heart of the leaders of the project although they refused to institutionalize such children and the programme began in the year 2002. Support was provided to such families to assist them in paying educational related costs like school fees, books, etc. as well as medical costs for the children.
Over a span of 18 years, the Family Support Program has had coverage of nearly 200+ children thereby touching the lives of close to 100+ families. By 2020, 20 children who came from families where the highest level of education was 7th standard finished their 12th standard. We have had success stories of children from the programme who went on to work for Big IT giants in the city as well.
One of the earmarks of Family Support Program is that we are working hard to uplift and empower women, several of the single mothers from the program are currently being trained as social workers themselves!
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
Our mission is to empower single mother families using the family support network model that we have developed. We believe that families who come from this background have a greater chance to succeed in life when they live within their social and community contexts.
Our Vision is to educate, equip and empower single mothers and their families so that the cycle of poverty is broken.