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Project Left Behind
3525 Del Mar Heights Road #728
San Diego, CA 92130
Sister Teresa Marie founded Tender Loving Care Home (TLC), an orphanage for girls, who as infants, were left on their own due to impoverishment and abandonment. Thanks to Sister Teresa, these girls are able to have a place to call home that provides housing, education, and above all… love.
We are currently raising funds to provide Tender Loving Care Orphanage in Hyderabad, India with a van so the young girls who live there can be safely transported to school. These girls are at extremely high risk for sex-trafficking, therefore safe transportation outside of the orphanage is of high importance. Because public transportation without a chaperone is not an option, the orphanage shares a broken down RV with a convent that can only transport up to five girls at a time. The orphanage is struggling to get the girls to and from school safely. Education is vital to these vulnerable girls and therefore getting to school is equally vital.
PLB currently supports this orphanage with funds for education, room/board, and drinking water. The budget unfortunately does not allow for PLB to also support their building maintenance needs. And that is why we are asking for your support.
THANK YOU for your support to vulnerable children. We urge you to share our story with others looking for a meaningful cause.
FUNDED: The building the girls live in is in need of electrical repair.
The electrical wiring in the kitchen is posing a significant threat to the safety and is in immediate need of repair.
FUNDED! Monsoon season is nearing and the building is at risk for damage.
It is in need of new paint for protection from the rain. The young ladies themselves cannot help paint the building because sex-trafficking predators literally wait outside the building for them.
An Indian Catholic nun, Sister Teresa Marie, an intelligent, powerful advocate for helpless, impoverished infants in India, founded TLC, located in Hyderabad, India, in 1999. She started her efforts when she was working in a hospital (as a cardiac surgical nurse) and saw how many infant girls were left to die under trees, thrown in the river, etc. Against all odds, and with no support from the government or Catholic Church, she founded TLC to help these girls.
Over the years, her effort grew into providing education for impoverished girls who had no access to any schooling. This was all accomplished by her persistence in raising funds on her own, with no public support. The Catholic Church luckily provided the orphanage building at no cost, but that is the extent of its support. All the rest comes from charitable donations.
TLC has taken in and found homes for hundreds of infants, mostly girls, over the years. Sister Teresa Marie, who personally tucked in and kissed each baby goodnight, was quoted as saying, “My goal is to raise them with love, so when the find a home, they know how to love and be loved.”
A letter from Sue Manos
Around 2000, the Indian government abruptly shut down all foreign adoptions due to a nationwide baby selling scandal. Many orphanages were permanently closed and children removed while all were inspected in great detail. Sister Teresa Marie was arrested then acquitted after a long and drawn out investigation in which she was proven innocent. Because the adoptions were halted for several years, the baby girls in TLC became toddlers, and then children. When adoptions finally began again, it was quite difficult to get homes for the girls, as they were no longer babies. Over the years, TLC slowly placed many of the girls.
Amazingly, two girls just went home (to Germany) in June 2014 after a 14-year effort by their persistent parents!
In April 2014, I took my 16-year-old daughter to see TLC for the first time since her adoption in 1998 and to visit the now 80-year-old Sister Teresa Marie. The girls are smart, funny, sweet, and very normal early adolescents, and they are fluent in English since TLC raises funds to pay for the girls to get educated in English so they will be globally prepared. Here is the current problem – now that they are all 14 years old, the government has deemed them unadoptable because of their age. The worry is sex trafficking and slavery. This has closed all doors for these girls. When they turn 18, they have to leave TLC, and there are NO social services, NO support, NOTHING for them. There are sinister people lingering nearby just waiting to lure them into slavery, terrible marriages, and worse. The girls have no families and no options. Although TLC works to get them educated, not all have jobs when they leave, so they are very vulnerable. We found there were about 15 girls, aged 13-15 (and one 7-year-old) still living there — most considered unadoptable. The reasons for their being deemed unadoptable were heartbreaking. The younger nun who now runs TLC (Sister Thangam) explained to me that Indian families won’t adopt children with any flaws. These girls had such “flaws” as being too dark, or too tall, having ADHD, wearing thick glasses, and having very mild scoliosis.
The girls are fortunate to have Sister Thangam as their now care provider. She is a young, intelligent, and computer-savvy person. She and I came up with the idea to find sponsor “parents” for each girl. The “parents” pay the $850 per year school fees for our girls and commit to being there for them as they age out of TLC. We, “the parents,” are people from all walks of life. What we have in common is a desire to help these girls. We write letters back and forth, send gifts, and talk on Skype. They call us mom and dad. When the girls turn 18, they are free, by Indian law, to be adopted by us. But then, U.S. law kicks in. We cannot adopt them unless we live together for two years after age 18, and how can we do that? To get a visa to bring them here for any reason (school, work, visit) is nearly impossible, because by U.S. law, the girls must have detailed proof of their desire to return to India. Sadly, they have no one and nothing in India, so there isn’t any proof of the girls wanting to return.
With the recent adoption of the two girls who went to Germany, and the pending (hopefully) adoption of one more, there will be 13 girls left at TLC, all of whom will need food, clothing, an education, and then support when the turn 18. They are all 14 years old, with the exception of the now 8-year-old sister of one of the teens. We, the parents, are working hard to provide money for their basic needs, but there are many ongoing needs that include renovation of much of the living space, more expensive schooling as they get into high school, job training, and college.
As they each repeated their name and grade, a few faces lit up and, too excited to contain it, blurted out that they had just completed 10th grade and were now moving on to university! Because of their academic success, the other girls at the Tender Loving Care Orphanage are more excited than ever about their studies. After each girl spoke for a little, getting her few moments in the spotlight, she would end the conversation with a smile that showed all her teeth and a polite “thank you”. And as they thanked us we wanted to thank them for making the work we do so completely worth it.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Project Left Behind