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    FUTURE PLAN

St.Francis Boys’ Home was originally conceptualized on the village plan where children would be cared for by house ‘parents’ in smaller units yet each a part of greater whole which shared the same vision. This is the key to a successful village and the meaning of community where children feel safe and secure. Since its inception, the means to meet SFBH goals has been to provide substitute parents to these children, to guide them with love and consistency and to provide them with the education necessary to lead productive and satisfying lives.

Therefore with our village we envision a place where children are free to play, where opportunities for learning and growth abound. These opportunities will arise when children are given freedom to explore and create and who have energy to do so because their basic needs are taken care of.

We envision a high school and technical institute with a standard of excellence. It is known that high expectations, safe environment and caring teachers are fundamental to the learning experience. Our high school will be at the forefront of information technology use thus preparing students for the modern workplace. We will seek partnerships with technology/communication innovators in India.

We envision a village where residents and visitors are healthy. We will establish an up to date infirmary under a primary care model and establish partnerships in health care to establish a successful health promotion plan. These will benefit residents and the greater community through counseling and outreach.

We envision a village that people will want to come and explore because of its innovative use of human resources and technology. We will be local leaders in environmentally sustainable practices. We will partner with alternative energy source innovators and explore agricultural/ animal husbandry models that are both cultural and locally appropriate. These will include solar energy, water conservation/reuse schemes, recycling/composting, indigenous/appropriate crop cultivation and irrigation methods.

We have moved away from the conventional institutionalized care given in state funded homes, and offer a loving environment where the children’s education, health and personal development needs are met. Here the children have escaped the hard and dangerous future of living on the streets of India and have come to a place where they are treated with dignity and are free from fear, neglect and abuse, things that unfortunately are still found in many state homes across the country.

The children are provided with spacious and clean accommodation in the recently constructed (2008) building, food, education in the surrounding schools (primary school situated at half a km distance from the home and for the high school they go to the town), health care and development needs (counseling and skill development). This would cost about INR 1.2 million (1,200,000-twelve lakhs = $ 28,571) and the rising cost and future needs such as sending children to high school and college has become a daunting task for the Brothers. Currently the Franciscan Congregation assists the home with a monthly allowance of Rs 90,000 for totaling about Rs 1,080,000/- (1.08 million = $ 25,714) and the rest through the local donation and support. The institute does not receive any financial support and assistance either from the local, state or central governments. It solely depends on the congregation and other well wishers. These expenses could increase due to high inflation and higher enrollment of students in the coming years.

Given projected needs, this is an unsustainable means to educate St.Francis Boys’ Home children. No institution can survive for long with the external support and keeping this experience in mind the home has devised four phases of future plan including future development and plan for self sustainability and would like to realize step by step in five to seven years of time. it is our aim for SFBH to be completely self sufficient. SFBH has made a positive impact on the lives of poor children who would otherwise will be faced with abuse, exploitation, starvation and even death. Sometimes, when we look at the need, the prospect seems daunting. But we carry on, remembering the simple adage that “because you can’t do everything, it doesn’t mean you should do nothing.”