Santhosa Samsara Family

Year Established: 2009

What started it all, the Santhosa Samsara Family (SS Family) was started by George Ebenezer and Manju George as an orphanage for children from hard places. While they initially started with three children in 2009, the number grew to nine in three years’ time. Once the orphanage had begun to function, George and Manju realised that what the children needed was not an institution, but a family. So, a family is what they became.

The children have received love, care and a good education. They have grown into strong teenagers who are looking to make their own impact on the world. George and Manju’s biological son also lives with them and he loves his older brothers and sisters!

Looking Ahead

The children are growing up to be upstanding men and women. While the oldest is about to join college, the rest of them are still in school. We, at Santhosa Samsara, want to see each one of them be able to pursue their dreams and make their own impact on the world. We’re excited to see what the future holds for them.

One of our goals as a trust is to promote family-based care over institution-based care. Therefore, we intend to develop and support foster families using the SS Family as a model. The groundwork for the same has been laid, and the project is estimated to start officially by 2020.

Stories of Change: The Brothers

The first two children that joined the SS Family were brothers. George and Manju had visited a refugee camp in a tribal area that had seen recent violence. Seeing the number of children that had lost their parents set them on a path to setting up an orphanage and bringing some of them in. These brothers were the first.

They were physically weak and went through bouts of malaria when they first arrived. Slowly but surely, they grew stronger and welcomed in new brothers and sisters. Although they were given exceptional care and a good education that initial period saw a lack of stability in the lives of the children as the house parents in the orphanage periodically changed.

George and Manju accepting the children as their own and deciding to change the home from an institution to a family changed their lives. They became secure and assured with a sense of belonging. As they grew older, they were even able to visit the tribal areas that they’d come from and share the love that they’d received.

The brothers are now teenagers with the older one just about to enter college. Strong and capable young men, they are ready to step out and make a difference.