In October 1999, a giant cyclone had devastated a large part of Orissa in India. In January 2000,
the Mary Ellen Gerber Foundation Trust (MEG) was registered in Visakhapatnam (AP) to help needy children.
MEG rescued the first 24 children, orphan or semi-orphan, in a large house on CT road in Puri in Orissa.
"I had financed a 5 hectares cashew-trees land, outskirt of Puri. Many sponsors from all over the world
subsequently sent donations for the construction of a Village with School, and all commodities.
At the mean time, many other children were on waiting list. At the inauguration of the Children Village,
we welcomed eighty seven children and supplemented by twelve older boys few days later
for a total of ninety nine, from two to eleven years old."
The MEG Family
In November 2019, it was the 36th time I visited my MEG children in India. They all have grown up and thanks to their education, they were able to find a job according to their skills. Twenty years later, many of them are married and have children themselves. They renamed their group to "the MEG Family". Everyone was extremely happy to meet each other as well as their former teachers.
At the meeting in November, I noticed that some of them as well as the teachers were thinking to take up the torch from what I had started twenty years earlier. In February 2020 together we talked to create little schools in Colonies in the town where they live now with their families. In March 2020, some little schools are to be created in Colonies or other appropriate places to educate young disadvantaged children. I am so happy to think that my work of 22 years will continue to operate for the education of new generations.
p.s. you can read the whole story of my endeavor in my e-book "Break the silence to liberate the children" for free here.