Här kommer ett brev från Alice om situationen just nu på barnhemmet och i området.
På barnhemmet fanns det en lärare i hindi som undervisat där i 30 år, hon avled efter en längre tids sjukdom. Alice försöker nu hitta en ersättare till lärartjänsten.
Hope you might have been aware of the Cyclone in the state of Andhrapradesh in the past week. We are still facing a depression in the Bay of Bengal and due this depression there is a continous pouring of rain for the past 3 days and it is still raining today.
By the Grace of the Almighty we all are safe especially the Children in the Childhome. Actually the depression strated 20 days ago in the state of Orissa and the coastal Andhrapradesh(Vizag,Vijayanagaram,Srikakulam,Vijayawada,Guntur,Ongole,Nellore are called as coastal) gradually the depression intensified into a deep depression, and subsequently a Cycolnic strom.
It was deadliest Tropical Cyclone named as Phialin Toofan. Thousands of people evacuated around in the wake of strom, heavy rains and strong winds felled over houndreds of trees. Several villages and towns in Andhrapradesh were flooded with water. 60 percent of the villages and towns faced power outages and houndreds of trees were uprooted and many houses were damaged.
Severe flooding had blocked transportation between the towns and villages, stranding the villages. Poor had remained hungry over the past few days. The strom had effected the human lives despite the prolonged shortage of food and the lack of electricity.
In one way were are blessed we are little away from the coastal area. The down pouring of rain and heavy winds caused 3 trees uprooted One in the children park, one at the school entrance, and the other at the in the garden. All the boys and girls stayed with us in our home for 4 whole days. Even the chicken turkeys and dogs we all stayed together for three whole nights without power. It was such a great expreince and praised the Lord for giving a wonderful shulter where thousands doesn’t have.
Heavy down pours from the cyclone’s rainbands caused a 20 degrees temparature drop at the Childhome and children strated shivering with the cold. Strict medication has been given to the children to prevent from fever,cold and cough. Through out those three days we sang and practised some memory verse from the bible. Some of kids were engaged in the indoor games like carams, pinboard, and chess. The elder girls and the cooks made tea and served to all.
The School and Dormitaries had several leakages in the building. It is still leaking in many areas especially in the roof, so I am afraid to keep them in the Dormitories and in the School since it is a very very old building. The walls obsorbed the moisture and they still are wet. The only great blessing was all the trees and plants in the campus looking wonderful with full of water and looking green every where. The turkeys strated laying eggs. We found them in a bush. When children are playing cricket they started searching for the ball and they found these eggs in bush.
Kindly remember our state Andhrapradesh in your prayers, and this is the second depression in the past 10 days. Thankyou verymuch for your love and affection and for your prayerful support.
Alice and Children from the Childhome