In 2007, a stranger brought 2 girls found begging in the slums of Hyderabad to Saji and Cynthia’s home. Sadly, their father could no longer afford his 5 children and was abandoning these 2 precious ones to the streets to fend for themselves. The stranger asked Saji and Cynthia to care for the siblings. That prompted them to

Now, in 2017, through The John Foundation, close to 202 children who are orphaned, semi orphaned or children living in brothels live in a small home type setting with 10 children each where they are cared for, loved, and educated. The kids are encouraged to strive for excellence and many of them have won numerous academic awards and sports achievements at their schools.


Human traffickers scout areas where poverty is at its worst, tricking helpless parents into believing that their daughters can find well-paid work in cities to support themselves and the family. The girls are then taken to the cities and forced to work as prostitutes. Orphaned and vulnerable girls are forced into 16-hour work days making carpets or fire crackers, at roadside eateries, or as domestic helps. They suffer the long hours of work and also its many health hazards. Instead of the promised good life, at the tender age of 12 or 13, girls are brutally forced to sell their bodies or slog for 16 hours a day. By age 18, most have lost invaluable opportunities in life and accept their plight, continuing to live in their circumstances.

Currently 40 girls rescued from commercial sex work and temple prostitution live in five Restoration Homes at the John foundation.  Through this 11 month program in the Restoration Homes, these women and girls receive medical care, mental health care and counselling, education through the employable skills training program, and love from an organization that works to build them up and give them hope and a future.  


Children across India are being pulled out of school when fathers die or are terminally ill because their mothers are often unable to independently support the family and pay the kids school fees.  The John Foundation’s Back to School program identifies these children and helps get them back into school by helping with their fees.  These mothers are also encouraged to attend the Employable Skills Training program.  To enable the enable them find jobs and support their families, including their kid’s school fees.

As of 2017, close to 500 children of single mothers attend school through The John Foundation’s Back to School Program.


Although a sizable population of the Indian children from poor backgrounds are today being sent to schools, they are often unable to get parental help for homework because their parents were often unable to get an education themselves.  When the children are unable to cope with school, they soon get discouraged, fall behind in class and often end up dropping out of school altogether.  To address this need, the John Foundation began Tutoring Centers where students can come to get help with homework and studying.  Each Tutoring Center is a safe environment where the kids spend 2 hours after school each day and receive guidance from well trained teachers.

Over 470 students are currently receiving tutoring in The John Foundation Tutoring Centers. Many of these kids are today faring much better than their peers at school and have a new found desire to finish their high school education.


Today, there are millions of young people in India looking for jobs. The Indian industry is set to employ an additional 150 million skilled workers by 2020.  Realising this need, The John Foundation started an employable skills training program to provide the less fortunate in the community more specifically single mothers, and women rescued from human trafficking, the skills that are needed to take up these jobs.  The current certification programs include Tailoring I and II, Beautician Certification, Data Entry, Microsoft Business Skills, Spoken English and Manufacturing.

Those graduating from these programs have received jobs upon graduation and many have also gone on to start their own businesses to support themselves and their families.