L'Arche India
Core members : 225 - 65 welcomed in a L’Arche home

Meet Barnabas, his touching story

Barnabas came to Asha Niketan Asansol in 2008 at the age of 8. He had been completely abandoned by his parents, and was being taken care of by the Missionaries of Charity. At the time, he was described as hyperactive and violent. After several years in our L’Arche community he is now described as full of energy with “much love to give around.” He enjoys welcoming guests into the home, and he is always the first person to run and get a chair to offer the guest. Barnabas has a great imagination, and imagines himself to be a cameraman or news anchor during community celebrations. He has also discovered a love of music and prayer. Barnabas is very endearing, he is a real gift from God! 

"If L’Arche (Asha Niketan) is a “school of the heart,” Core Members are the professors. They teach us how to live in love.” - James Schreiner - volunteer who lived in Asha Niketan Chennai for a year

Creating Change

  • Local demand for workshop products is good.
  • L’Arche India brings together people from various faiths, including Christian, Hindu and Muslim.
  • Local fundraising initiative in Nandibazar – this community developed a “Meal sponsorship program,” through which over 500 local families have become supporters of L’Arche. 

Vision for the Future

  • To become self-sufficient for our yearly operating costs through local fundraising. 
  • To establish a salary program that is relevant to local conditions, and makes it possible for Assistants, Community Leaders and staff to make longer-term commitments. 

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