About the St. Anthony’s Children's Home Mission:
The St. Anthony’s Children's Home Mission was established on Dec. 25, 2001, to provide financial help for the care and education of 180 children at the St. Anthony’s Children’s Home, Nagercoil, TN, India. In this Children's Home, members of the Congregation of Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus care for deserted and orphaned children from infants to 22 yrs. All financial contributions are tax deductible through the Mission Office, Diocese of Erie. Since volunteers run the mission, there are no overhead costs, and 100% of contributions are used for orphan welfare programs.
The goal of the Mission is to support the cost of care and education of the 180 children at St. Anthony’s Children’s Home, in Nagercoil, India, through regular financial contributions. The mission is committed to using 100% of the US tax-deductible contributions for orphan welfare programs
The St. Anthony’s Children's Home Mission was founded in Erie, PA, USA by the late Antoine Sri Kandiah, and by Cecil Daniel, and his wife Nimmi. The three founders lived in Erie, and were immigrants from Sri Lanka and India.
A missionary friend from India named Immaculate Philip visited the founders in the summer of 2001 and spoke of the many needs of the children at the St. Anthony’s Children's Home in India. Antoine was moved by the Spirit, and immediately offered a monetary donation. Soon after, the founders were led by the Lord to create a Mission in Erie, to help the Children's Home in India. In order to make the mission a US tax-deductible charity, the founders approached the Diocese of Erie, and received enthusiastic support for the creation of the St. Anthony’s Children's Home Mission.
Antoine Sri Kandiah passed on to the Lord in July 2003. He was a great source of moral and spiritual support for the creation of the Mission. May his soul rest in peace. Today, Cecil and Nimmi continue the work of the mission, supported by many benefactors and volunteers from around the world. Since volunteers run the mission, there are no overhead costs, and hence 100 % of all financial contributions are used directly for projects at the Children's Home.
The mission would like to thank all the benefactors who have been supporting the cause faithfully for the last many years. The mission extends a special thanks to Fr. Larry of St. Joseph’s Bread of Life Community, Erie, PA for spreading the word about the Children's Home through his website www.thereasonforourhope.org/charities/