Bethesda-Khankho Foundation

FAQs

WHY THE NAME 'BETHESDA-KHANKHO FOUNDATION?'

The hyphenated word 'Bethesda-Khankho' is significant to us. We chose the name 'Bethesda' not because of its meaning which is 'House of Mercy' in Aramaic but rather it is the message of integral transformation drawn from the story of the healing of a helpless 38-year paralysed man at Bethesda (John 5:1-15). Here, the man had no one to help him for 38 long years and by healing him, Jesus transformed the life of the man and the culture of his society that ignores the marginalized people. The term 'Khankho' means (adj) a ‘way of living’ or (n) a ‘well-being [of all creatures]’, referring to the indigenous people's altruistic cultural tradition that upholds the society. The concern of Khankho is the well-being of others which in turn is crucial for the well-being of her own life. In the tradition of Khankho, life is interconnected being rooted in the worldview, ‘because of you I am!’ The combination of the two values serves both the foundation and the vision for our activities. 

WILL THE CHILDREN LOSE THEIR IDENTITY WHEN THEY JOIN BETHESDA CHILDREN'S HOME?

No! We make sure that our children are well connected to their siblings, members of their own clans and communities so that they are not uprooted from their own culture and communities. Our aim is that once they became matured and move out of our Home having gained quality education, they will return to their own respective communities and be agents of transformation.  For this reason, we get their families or guardians involved as team members in mentoring our children.

WHY BETHESDA ACADEMY?

The existing education system finds itself increasingly incapable of equipping the people to deal with challenges of the contemporary society - struggle for equality, quest for socio-political identity, peace and justice etc. – due to lack of incorporation of the people’s culture into the system. Both state education system, which is developed in the context of Hindu majority India and Mission schools fail to meet this need as they often disrespect the local people’s role in their education.  The aim of Bethesda Academy is to make education accessible to all, particularly to the disadvantaged tribal children, for sustainable global society. We are convinced that the education system must not alienate a person from his or her own cultural values. Bethesda Academy is a participatory and integral learning centre. 

IS BETHESDA DEPENDENT SOLELY ON DONATIONS FROM OUTSIDE?

No! We are doing whatever we possibly can in order to raise some income by ourselves. We do kitchen garden, providing vegetables to our Children’s Home; we rear pigs for generating income and finally we also grow rice in our campus for our children.  

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE WORK OF BETHESDA?

We need more people to support the project and that can be done in the following ways: (1) by sponsoring a child at the Bethesda Children’s Home, (2) by sponsoring a child only for education at Bethesda Academy (3) by supporting a project such as Solar Panels, Well, Toilets, Children’s park, Computers, or buying a piglet or goat for a widow (4) by visiting the Bethesda project in India and (5) by volunteering and raising funds for Bethesda. If you are interested in taking the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, Please contact us. 

WHY SHOULD I KEEP IN TOUCH WITH BETHESDA REGULARLY?

Some people have visited our site randomly and ended up becoming  strong supporters and changed many lives already. Some, in a slightly different way, changed his or her own perspective of life and the world forever by seeing the wonderful things that have taken place at Bethesda. Unexpected wonders happen through people. Who knows, you may be the next person; so, please visit our site and keep in touch with us.