The RMS Trust was established by Bishop Samuel and his wife Sugantha in 1986 when they started pastoral ministry in a very poor tea estate. They noticed that a lot of children were not in school because their parents could not afford to pay for uniforms and bus fares. They supported five orphan children initially.They provided for their education, uniform, medicine and travel costs. We now support 140 poor children, most of whom are orphans or semi-orphans.
These children are supported throughout their education and often on to further education enabling them to apply for good jobs and break the cycle of poverty in their family. Fifty-eight children currently live at our newly constructed orphanage in the Rhema Garden. The other children live with their extended families and their school fees and living costs are covered. Supporters receive our annual report as well as a specific report on their sponsored child annually. Sponsorship costs £200 a year.
One child we support is called Priyanka. She writes:
I was born on October 21st 1994. I am studying tenth standard. I come from a very poor family background. I live in Sulthankadai in Kerala State. My father has asthma problems. Due to his sickness, he cannot go for work, and my mother is working as a labourer in a tea and cardamom estate and getting a small income. She finds it very difficult to provide food and education for all of us. My mother and two brothers went to church and met Rev. Robin. He saw our family situation then decided to admit me to the Rhema Garden to study. I am the eldest one in my family. I have a great desire to study and support poor people in our society. My sincere aspiration is to become a doctor to serve the poor people like Mother Teresa. My hobby is reading books. I enjoy playing volley ball.