Salesian College of Higher Education (SCHE) Youth Dept. has a good relationship with “Ebenezer” Orphanage. It is one of the SCHE youth centres. The students go there every Sunday to be with the youngsters and share some useful arts and skills: value based lessons, songs and personality development through games and various programmes.
“Ebenezar” is an orphanage run by Akum Amri. He hails from Mokokchung, Nagaland. He has been running the orphanage for 12 yrs. He received Master of Divinity from National Christian Theological College in Channai, Madras. He has an elder sister and a younger brother. He is married and has a son and a daughter.
A Chat with Akum Amri
How many children are with you and give me your observation about them?
There are 23 children. I see that they are improving and growing emotionally, spiritually and intellectually through education.
Tell us your experience of working for them
Life is full of ups and downs. I face challenges from all walks of life. “Faith Venture” is my great challenge. I know that God provides in His own time for our needs. I am really happy to see children growing up physically, spiritually and mentally. I am waiting to see their great future.
What inspires you to begin this work? I was working for youth. However, I never thought of working for the orphanages. One day while taking a nap in the afternoon, I saw many young people who have no one to look after them. Later, I began with three kids.
Now they are 23 of them. During holidays, they would go to various churches for fund raising purpose and also to learn some skills. We all believe in dignity of labour. I got lots of support from friends, churches and well-wishers.
What keeps you going all these while?
I strongly believe in the Lord’s gentle whisper in my heart: “Be faithful to my work, I will supply your needs.”
At present what do you require in terms of material need?
We need a mini school bus to transport them to their schools. We write the intentions on the Notice Board and whoever passes by would stand for a moment and pray for that intentions.
It was indeed a great moment to meet and speak to Sr. Akum Amri. May God continue to bless Sr. Akum Amri and all the inmates of Ebenezer. Life is meaningfully lived when we love and share life with those in need.