An Orphanage, Hope Community Trust
About HCT & Emmanuel Grace Public School
Samuel Zion is the founder and director at Hope Community Trust (HCT) & Emmanuel Grace Public School India. HCT is an orphanage that takes care of children in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, one of the poorest regions of India.
Hope Community Trust, founded by Zion Samuel, is an orphanage that takes care of children in the Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, one of the poorest regions of India.
In 2004, Samuel, a college student with limited funds, felt compelled to help the orphans within his community. He and his college friends started by giving small donations to help support two orphans. By the end of 2004, Samuel had raised enough money to rent a house and care for 20 orphans.
Today, with the help of generous donors, Samuel and his wife Nikki have established an orphanage and a school, Emmanuel Grace Public School to support the orphans of Andhra Pradesh.
Samuel’s vision is expanding. He would like to open a second orphanage in order to support more orphans. There are over 25 million orphans in India and Samuel has dedicated his life to bring hope to these children. Samuel believes that by partnering with Little Loves, he can continue to change the lives of orphans and give them hope for a bright future.
Project India is the collaboration between Little Loves and Samuel to set up a second orphanage. The goal in developing this orphanage is that the children will be able to experience the unity of family and the unconditional love of a mother. In response to God’s calling to defend the orphans and the widows (Deut. 10:18), Little Loves hopes to protect these children by providing food, shelter, education and love for each child.
Each campus will be effectively comprised of several homes that accommodate 10 -12 children. A housemother will be assigned to each home to take care of the children. There will be a large central community area for group activities, meal times, staff meetings, after school clubs, etc. Little Loves aims to foster the highest quality setting for the children to develop in a loving, communal environment.
Partner’s Information: Hope Community Trust
Organization Type: Non-Profit/School/Orphanage
Director: Zion Samuel
Project India Shop
200 at $12 each
Mango Trees: Good nutrition is a very important part of the Little Loves mission for these children. The mangoes that will be grown from the mango trees will be part of the children’s diets to provide them with a number of health benefits such as strengthening their immune systems, improving their digestion, and reducing their likelihood of cancer. Furthermore, the mangoes can contribute to the sustainability of the orphanage as the mangoes can be sold to locals and the money can be poured back into the home.
200 at $15 each
Coconut Trees: Communities that consume high amounts of coconut oil have been found to very healthy due to the nutrients within coconuts. Coconuts have been found to kill harmful microorganisms, improve blood cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of seizures. Additionally, the coconut trees will be utilized to grow coconuts that can be sold to locals to bring revenue to the home.
3 at $950 each
Buffalo: We aim to purchase 3 buffalos for the campus – Not only will they keep the grass on campus maintained, it is important for the kids to drink milk every day with at least one of their meals and these buffalos will provide that to them.
Auto (Tuk Tuk): A common form of transportation in Andra Pradesh is the Auto (Tuk Tuk). In order to transport the children from the home to school or other various activities they may need to go to off campus, we will be able to utilize the auto to support their daily activities.
Fence Around Property
Fencing: While the safety of the land in village of DK Patnum was a huge deciding factor for where Little Loves would build its orphanage in India, building a fence around the homes will offer an additional layer of protection for the children. Many of the children come from difficult upbringings due to various life circumstances, and many may have a difficult time feeling safe. Therefore, we hope that building this fence to surround the orphanage can be symbolic of both physical and spiritual protection for these orphans.