Here are all the key events that have happened since Children of Grace Home began in 2012. For more regular updates please visit our facebook page where you can find more information, posts and prayer letters regarding the home.


2018


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April – Video update from Ryan

A video update video from our trustee Ryan. News on the new children and plans for the future. Please click here to view the video.

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March – Update and Prayer Letter

Please click here to see our March 2018 Update and Prayer Letter – including news on our new boys, Cheree’s trip, and out plans to build two new rooms. Please send us an email if you would like to be part of our mailing list.

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January – Four New Boys

More big news for the home! Four more boys arrived and now the home accommodates for 16 children in total. Thank you so much to all the sponsors and to everyone who has prayed and supported us in reaching this far. The home is now full and we are planning to build two new rooms to accommodate for 24 boys in total.

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January – Fundraising for two new rooms

Big news for the home! We are currently raising funds to build two new rooms, which will mean the home will be able to accommodate 24 children in total. So far we are already over half-way to our £17,500 target. Please click here to visit our fundraising page and donate. 


2017


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December – one year anniversary of home completion

This month we celebrate one year since the home was complete and twelve boys moved into their new home. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. All the glory to God! Please pray as we seek to build two new rooms to accommodate 15 more children.

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July – sponsored cycled around england

Our head trustee, Mike, and his two friends, Kieran and Wes, cycled to the Lake District and back from Whitstable for Children of Grace Home and Parkinson’s UK. It was the furthest 2 of them have ever cycled and the furthest they have all cycled in such a short space of time. To donate, please click here.

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June – Rosie’s trip to the UK

Rosie Thandu, who runs Children of Grace Home and our sister Orphanage, Children of Faith Missions, came to the UK on a week long trip to share her story at events and churches about how she and her husband, Anand, started an orphanage for just 5 children and how it has now grown to 120 children. She also shared their plans to build a Christian school for 800 children called Hope Academy, where the boys at COG will attend.

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March – Mim’s mural

Miriam completed her mural ‘Jonah and the Whale meets Finding Nemo’ inside the home. She is on her second trip to India to teach art to the children of Children of Grace Home and Children of Faith Missions. Thank you Mim!

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March – Emily’s trip to India

Emily is currently on her first trip to India teaching English to the children of Children of Grace Home and Children of Faith Missions. She’s staying for almost three months and is loving every minute. Thank you Emily!

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February – Update and Prayer Letter

Please click here to see our February 2017 Update and Prayer Letter – including news on the home, the children and our sister orphanage Children of Faith Missions.


2016


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December – the boys move into their new home

The day we have all eagerly been waiting for finally arrived with the 12 boys moving into their new home. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped make this possible. The boys were ecstatic on the day they moved in and have all settled in well. For more info click here.

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November – video update from Ben

A video update from our trustee Ben, including updates on building work, a new tuk-tuk, fundraising and the future. Please click here to watch the video.

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October – Building work complete

Building work is complete! This has been our goal since the charity began in 2012, so thank you to everyone who has helped made this possible through prayer and/or support. The children will be moving in once their bunk-beds are fitted! For more info click here. 

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October – new auto-rickshaw

The auto-rickshaw has arrived! We asked for prayers for a vehicle over a year ago and God has now blessed the children with their own auto-rickshaw. This vehicle (named Bas) will take the children to church, events, and days out, and will helping with other things such as grocery shops and medical trips if necessary. Here are the boys on their very first trip in Bas! Click here for more info.

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September – building work almost complete

The orphanage is almost complete! The boys are expected to move to their new home in October. They are currently living in our sister orphanage (next door to COG), along with 100 other children. We are told they cannot wait to move in!

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July – update video from Mike

A video update from our director Mike from July 2016. Featuring update on the building work, a tuk-tuk and a cycle trip! Watch the video here: Children of Grace Home Update – Summer 2016

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July – Mike and Alex cycle to Greece for COG

In the summer of 2016, our director Mike and his close friend Alex cycled 2000 miles to Athens from Kent to raise money for Children of Grace Home. Both have previously done challenges for COG: Alex walked 450 miles across the alps, and Mike cycled 700 miles across Spain. This was their biggest challenge and they raised over £3000! You can still donate at this link: Alex and Mike Cycle

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June – auto-rickshaw soon to arrive

In 2016 Children of Grace will be getting its very own Auto-Rickshaw thanks to a kind donor from Whitstable Baptist Church. The boys will now be able to travel to church, events, days outs, to the doctors if needed, and to other appointments and places with much greater ease and security. The home will also be able to purchase food and supplies much more easily.

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April – building work begins

Construction for the home began. This was big news for everyone involved with Children of Grace Home and the boys in India cannot wait for the home to be completed, which is expected to be in September 2016. The home will be suitable for 20 children and will include a kitchen and common room.


2015


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July – Indian tea party for COG

An Indian tea party was hosted outside Whitstable Baptist Church. Many prayers were sent asking for blue skies in a month where rain was very much common and God answered with one of the best days of the year. Many people, even day trippers to Whitstable, stopped by to enjoy a range of teas, cakes and sandwiches in the sunshine. Stalls, a cake contest, an Indian quiz and face painting all brought added bonuses to a wonderful day where over £1000 was raised for the home.

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July – Paul’s 52-mile ultra-marathon

Paul Keen took part in a 52-mile ultra-marathon to raise money for Children of Grace. Even though he sustained a slight injury he managed to finish the full 52 miles and helped raise around £1000! His friends and trustees of COG welcomed him at the finish line.

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May – land for the home purchased

Land for the home was purchased! Thank you to everyone who helped us raise the £11000 needed to purchase it. The land is 300 square yards and first phase of construction will include a home suitable for 20 children.

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January – 12 boys move into our sister orphanage

12 boys moved into Children of Faith Ministries. This was a big step for all the boys as they moved away from their homes into new surroundings. They will live here temporarily, with 100 other children, while Children of Grace Home is being built next door.


2014


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November – Mike’s cycle across Spain

In the winter of 2014, our head trustee, Mike, rode 1000 km across Spain on the pilgrimage route ‘Camino de Santiago’ in aid of Children of Grace Home. Mike faced endless hills, days of rain and even a patch of snow, raising over £1000 for the home.


2013


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July – Ben, Alex and Greg hike across the Alps

Ben, Alex and Greg embarked on a 400-mile hike across the Alps in aid of Children of Grace Home. The boys endured freezing cold temperatures and blistered feet but were rewarded with a cold beer in Monaco, raising over £1000 for the charity during the start up phase.


2012


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September – COG begins

Five old school friends decided to start a Charity charity with the view of building an orphanage in Visakhapatnam, India. The friends, all 19 at the time, had been praying in their Bible study group for a way in which to serve God together. Mike Cadge, the current director of COG, received a message from the founder of Children of Faith Missions in India (where Mike had previously served), asking if he would like to be involved with starting a new orphanage. This was the answer to the prayer, and Children of Grace Home officially became a charity in September 2012.