MAR BASELIOS CHILDREN'S HOME

This home for orphans and destitute was initiated by the late Very Rev. Elias Thomas Corepiscopa of the Malankara Orthodox Church in 1960 with Reg.No.64/1960 registered under the societies Reg.Act XXI of 1860.Both the orphan boys and girls were residing in separate buildings, about 3 kilometers apart, at Mannapra near Vadakkenchery in Palghat district. After the demise of the founder, according to the direction in his Will the institution was taken over by the Malankara Orthodox Church. The Holy Synod of the Church constiuted a governing council for the same with late lamented Joseph Mar Pachomios ,Metropolitan of the Diocese of Kandanad as its President.After the demise of Metropolitan Joseph Mar Pachomios in 1991 the Holy Synod appointed H.G.Paulose Mar Milithios,Metropolitan of the Diocese of Kunnamkulam as its President and Dr. Mathews Mar Severios,Metropolitan of Kandanad Diocese as its Vice President. Mr. C. T. Thomas, son of Late Elias Thomas Corepiscopa was the director for the Governing Board and Miss Achamma, appointed by the founder, served as the Warden of both the Homes. Since Miss Achamma could not continue in the post due to old age, by the request of the Presidents the St.Mary's Convent Kizhakkambalam was kind enough to render the service of two members of the convent to the homes. Thus Rev.Sr.Elsa and Rev.Sr.Slomo took charge as the Wardens of the homes on 4th June 1994.In May 1995 Rev.Fr.Mathai Edayanal took charge of the Director instead of Mr. Thomas who rendered his valuable service to the homes for a very long period. The boys' home was situated in 8 acres of rocky land at Mannapra. Due to the continuos problem of the scarcity of water there, the Boys home was shifted to a home at Vadavucode owned by the Christian Fellowship organization of Vadavucodu. The Girls' Home at Mannapra remained under the supervision of the sisters. Priests from the Diocese of Kandanad are appointed as administrators and Pre-seminary candidates are appointed as wardens from time to time to the boys' home. The Christian Fellowship at Vadavucodu donated a land of 3.5 acres to the boys' home which was shifted to the new building constructed there in 2002.
The Institution has at present H.H.Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II as thePatron; Dr. Mathews Mar Severios as President; Rev. Fr. Mathai Edayanal as Managing Director; the Board of Directors consisting of Rev. Fr. O. V. Elias, Hon. Justice (Retd.) John Mathew, Mr.C.T.Thomas, Mr. P. M. Joseph Parmpil, Mr. T. M. Rajan and Mr. George Kuriakose, Rev. Fr. Mathew Markose serves as the Warden of the Boys Home and Rev. Ss. Elsa and Slomo serve as the House mothers of the Girls' home. Since 1960 for the last 51 years Mar Baselios Children's Home admitted 750 inmates and took care of their education .They are now leading decent and peaceful family life in different parts of the world. H. H. The Catholicos and Dr. Mathews Mar Severios celebrate Holy Qurbana once in a month at Girls' Home and Boys' Home respectively.

The two storied building of this home accommodates this year (2011) 76 girls. Other twelve girls from this home have successfully passed General Nursing course from Hyderabad and are employed in different hospitals. Another five girls of this home will complete their General Nursing Course in 2012 from different hospitals in Andhra Pradesh. Two of its inmates will complete their BSc Nursing course in 2012.There are 2 students for post BSc course in 2012. Till the day 16 inmates of this home were given in marriage spending at least Rs.1, 00,000(one hundred thousand) to each marriage from this home. The institution's income is mainly voluntary donations from its well wishers who donate not only money and ornaments for marriages but also offer regular donations and feasts to the inmates on their special occasions like wedding anniversary, baptism, marriage, memorial days, birth days, house warming, joining new offices etc. There is an industrial school of garment making unit here giving training and possibility of future carrier for their livelihood both for the inmates of the home and girls from the nearby villages. The Dairy farm attached has 18 cows .The daily milk product and cow duct brings a considerable income to the home besides the goober gas plant supplying needed gas for cooking as well as lighting. There are small farms for cultivating bananas, tapiochia and other crops for the daily use in a small scale. The kitchen garden nearby the Home brings also an income for the daily life of the inmates. There are two new buildings being constructed with donations from well wishers as Working Women's Hostel for working women of the locality. The Home's Matrons Rev.Sr. Elsa and Rev.Sr.Slomo are unique in their dedicated service making wonders in charitable works in the society.

The boys' home was shifted to Vadavucodu from Mannapra in 1995 with 3o inmates. In the beginning they were accommodated in the home owned by the Christian Fellowship and they were shifted to the new two storied building constructed by the MBCH in the land donated by the Christian Fellowship of Vadavucodu in 2002.This year (2011) the home accommodates 22 boys .All of them are studying in the R M higher Secondary School at Vadavucodu. After completing their school education they are sent to various job oriented courses at industrial training centers nearby.After completing their courses there they are usually given jobs in different industrial firms in Kerala and outside. Then they will take care themselves for their decent family life. The home extends usual helps if they need in purchasing a land or for the construction of a new house for them up to Rs.50000 (fifty thousand).Rev.Fr. Mathew Markose of the Diocese of Kandanad West serves as the warden of the home.