St. Michael's Home
St. Michael's Home is located in
. Among other things, it is a home for unwed mothers, a children's home, a
vocational school for women, and a day camp for children. They take in women who need a place to live while pregnant. The Sisters
provide housing, food, counseling, care, comfort, and total confidentiality. The mothers receive excellent pre-natal care and if needed,
training in sewing and embroidery so that they can support themselves when they leave. Women from the villages and slums are also
given such training, and their children cared for while they learn. The tablecloths, pillow covers, and placemats produced by the
vocational program are beautiful, and we brought home many of them for use in our own home and as gifts.
The sisters are active in the NGO
community and have spoken at the United Nations
in New York.
Disclaimer: Neither the Good Shepherd Sisters, Good Shepherd Convent,
St. Michael's Home, nor anyone affiliated
with any of these organization, has had anything to do with the creation of this page. I had the incredible good fortune to adopt
my daughter Surya from St. Michael's Home in 1994.
I was overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality of the Sisters, and the good
and important work they do so well there. This page is part of my show of gratitude.
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Entry gate to St. Michael's Home
Private road just beyond the gate of St. Michael's Home
Entry to the office building at St. Michael's Home
The mothers stay to breast-feed their babies for eight weeks after the birth, giving their babies an excellent
physical and emotional start in life.
St. Michael's nursery has a capacity of
approximately twenty infants. They take incredibly good care of the babies until they can arrange for people to take them into their
families. When Surya was there, it was during an unusually quiet time for the nursery, as there were no more than five children there
at the same time.
When we arrived to meet and pick up Surya, she was one of only two babies there. To take care of the children, they
had two women working full-time during the days and one at night. In addition, many of the Sisters talked and sang to the babies and
played with them during the day.
Office courtyard at St. Michael's Childrens' Home
Exterior corridor outside the nursery
Nursery with cribs and swinging ropes
St. Michael's has a reputation with the
United States government as one of the most well run children's homes in India. As soon as we mentioned that we were working with
St. Michael's, any initial resistance
or indifference on the part of consulate or immigration officials dissipated. Unfortunately, it is my understanding that
St. Michael's is no longer undertaking
international adoptions to the U.S.
Partially this is because of the huge burden of the paperwork and processing, and partially this
is because of the successful effort to get Indian families interested in adoption.
The grounds are beautiful, with an extensive flower garden and many flowering trees and plants in and around the various courtyards.
St. Michael's also grows its own fruits
and vegetables, and has a small dairy farm.
The cow manure is processed to provide cooking heat and fertilizer. The Convent is as self-sufficient as possible.
Sun coming through grove
Man watering the flower garden
Cows and methane plant