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A life to inspire others

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Bishop Simson Paul after his short fight with cancer. We know he is now in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus

Simson was a pillar of our community who was dedicated to his family and developing Hope Garden’s diocese in Northern Tamil Nadu. He prioritised taking care of the poor, nurturing the faith of other pastors from all denominations and providing opportunities and children’s programmes to enhance the lives of others. The day care centre that Simson and his wife Ruby started four years ago has transformed boys and girls from bottle pickers in the rubbish dump to school goers.

He was a man of prayer and his impact in the communities that he served reflects that. Please pray for peace and courage at this time of loss for her dear wife Ruby and their two sons Jonathan and Joshua.

Bishop Simson Paul leaves a hole in our ministry but we are reassured that his legacy will inspire others to continue his faithful work.

If you would like to support Ruby and her two boys please click here

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Hope is .... securing a job after graduation

Did you know Hope Gardens reaches out to support young children in their education as well as supporting young people with their postgraduates studies?

Even entry level jobs and apprentice schemes in India require degrees and with such a competitive labour market we feel, where appropriate, that we should support young people with vocational training and university courses.

R Gunaseelan is the brother of one of the boys who has been living in our hostel since they were 12. R Gunaseelan is a very diligent and focused individual and had a dream to work in something he loves. Even though Hope Garden's wasn't able to support him through school we were however able to support him through his degree course.

He studied for three years a Bsc in Television Production in Madurai and now has secured a job with a company in Chennai as a video editor.

He shares his gratitude with us here

Golf Day!

Great course for a great cause!

After the great success of last year we have once again teamed up with Wellow Golf Club near Romsey to host our annual summer golf day on Friday June 7th.


Please do join us for a memorable day in the beautiful Hampshire countryside for 18 holes of golf followed by prizes, a three course dinner and an auction all in aid of Hope Gardens.

The day kicks of with coffee and bacon rolls at 12.30 with the first group teeing off at 1.30. All are welcome, individuals or teams, with tickets at £50 per person for the golf day or £20 per person if you would just like to join us for dinner.

To reserve your space please click here if you would like to donate to our auction or for more information please contact Hilary who will be happy to help at info@hopegardensindia.org

For more information about the work of Hope Gardens and our planned maternity project please click here.

Not just a paddy field

This is not just a paddy field.

It's an employer, a teacher and a source of hope.

By purchasing this it will enable us to sustainable create jobs, offer training in essential farming skills, bring revenue to our community and supply food.

Jobs will be given to local people in our community both full time and seasonally.

Bible college students will be trained in basic farming skills and be empowered to take on the responsibility of learning a new trade which they can in turn share with the communities they ultimately work with after graduating.

Revenue will be brought by the two harvests of rice and the one harvest of alternative crops which our cattle will also benefit from.

The food will be eaten by the children who attend our school for children with disabilities, the children who live in our hostel, our bible college students, our staff and the children in our feeding programme.

This field is a source of hope, it is more than a paddyfield.

By purchasing this it is a hand up and not a handout. If you would like to donate towards our appeal please do click here

Are you up for a challenge?

Do you fancy riding through the fully closed roads of Surrey and London following in the tracks of the 2012 Olympic cycling greats?

We have charity places available now for the 2019

  • Date: 4th August

  • Location: London

  • Challenge: 100 mile cycling race

  • Fundraising Target: Hope Gardens School for Children with Disabilities Gym.

Need a place? Contact us to find out how to get involved!

Got a place already?Join our fundraising team!

Storm Gaja

Do you know the damage that 160km/hour winds can have on a community

Storm Gaja in November 2018 affected Tamil Nadu impacting 8 different districts. Tragically 63 people died mostly in the districts of Thiruvarur, Thanjavur and Pudukottai. The infrastructure of villages was damaged with our Hope Gardens team reporting that 1,000 transformers, 201 electricity substations and 5,000 boats were destroyed. 

The impact to families was huge as thousands of small holdings and plantation were destroyed

It has been report that thousands of cattle and birds died and 18000 hectares of coconut trees were uprooted. All of this destruction along with the 56,000 hectares of crops that were destroyed has resulted in loss of income, jobs and food for communities.

Hope Garden’s Relief efforts

Archbishop Samuel worked alongside Pastor Thanjai Williams in Mannargudi identifying the key needs of those impacted. A team from Hope Gardens rented a van drove the 7 hour journey to distributed the relief materials in Pastor Thanjai William’s church premises.

What was in the relief packs?

Wonderful team work by the Bible College Students and Staff at Hope Gardens enabled 100 relief kits to be made up. They contained 5 kg of Rice, lentils, seeds, Masoor Dhall, chick peas, wheat flour, cooking oil, masala powder, biscuits, candles, towels, blankets, bucket, mugs, soap and clothes for children and adults.

Gold Milan reports back from Mannargundi:

Indeed the beneficiaries were happy about the relief materials and conveyed their heartfelt  thanks. The pastor provided us lunch and dinner and a place to rest at night. The very next morning we started our jouney back to Cumbum and reached safely in the afternoon.