The principal aim of the NAMBIKKAY Association is to raise the funds necessary to run the Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home, situated in Tamil Nadu, India.
The Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home has many different sources of revenue:
- The orphanage has received government subsidies since 2013. Officially, these subsidies should amount to 34 000 € a year, but in reality the Indian department of health pay the subsidies in a rather random manner. In 2013, for example, we received 9000 € and in 2014 15000 €; the average total we receive on an annual basis is 14% of our annual budget. The funds we receive from the government are therefore essentially used to pay for the salaries of social workers only;
- In the United States, the International Foundation for Hope (IFH) donate an average of $20 000 USD a year. The foundation was founded in Texas by Carol Collins, who worked for 7 years within the Shanthi Bhavan’s Children’s Home;
- Last but not least, a network of essentially private donors make up the remainder of the budget, which this year has risen to 88 000 €. Unfortunately the number of donors, especially in France, fell sharply during the years 2013 and 2014.
During the 2014-2015 school year, we therefore registered a budget deficit of 30 700 €. Thankfully the orphanage’s liquid assets enabled us to absorb the loss, but our conjecture for the immediate future has become too critical to go about funding the orphanage with the means from which we have benefited up until now.