Meet Rajan and Suraj

Reuniting families makes us proud.

Two brothers, eleven year-old Rajan and ten year-old Suraj were brought to Asha Orphanage seven years ago by their mother Manmaya because she couldn’t contact her husband nor afford to pay their school fees.

She used to visit them in every three months because her village was just two hours away. Each visit pulled at her heartstrings when the boys would ask, “Mummy, when will you take us home forever?”

Manmaya wants desperately to take care and raise her children. She has worked hard to get her boys home. Manmaya says raising her children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity will not be such a struggle now that she has financial independence through her newly established canteen earning around USD 200 per month.

Finally, Manmaya can take her boys home forever.

On 28 May 2018 Rajan and Suraj returned home to their village and family life with their mother, older brother, maternal grandparents, aunt, uncle and two cousins!

These two boys were super excited to meet their grandparents. Their 17 year-old brother was there to welcome them home. Their grandmother says the boys are eating truckloads of food, which she understands is a combination of teenage hood and seven years of institutionalisation.

All the mothers are grateful for their children to be home, happy and healthy. The boys feel safe and are having a great time at their local community school near home.