INDIA VILLAGE MINISTRIES (IVM) is a charitable non-profit organization that exists to serve the poor and destitute of India and to break the cycle of poverty by providing good education.
India Village Ministries (IVM) began in the year 2001 with Suresh & Roja Vemulapalli. They responded to the call from God to reach and serve the unreached and needy people in the villages of India.
Suresh is a civil engineering graduate but when he was called to the work of the Lord, he left the engineering profession and went to a Seminary in India. He graduated from there with a Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) in 1997. Subsequently God led him to Aberdeen University (U.K.) where he graduated with a Masters in Theology in 1999 and a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies in 2005. Roja, who is also a graduate, has a call from God to work with Orphans and children.
It was during his time at Aberdeen when a friendship with our minister, the Rev Scott Cameron, was formed. Over a decade, Stevenston High Kirk has partnered in prayer for the work of India Village Ministries. We have also been so richly blessed and encouraged as Suresh & Roja visit annually.
COVID-19 Relief work
Covid-19 has now found a new hunting ground – rural India. After having many cities reel under its effect, there has been trend reversal with rural areas reporting a spike in positive cases.
In our state, Andhra Pradesh, Covid-19 outbreak was predominantly limited to urban areas until about a month ago, accounting for nearly 90% of cases. But rural areas of the state have now started witnessing a spike in cases. This is because of movement from urban to rural areas. There are cases spreading in our village and in the neighbouring villages. We have fed hundreds of very poor families who were suffering from hunger and starvation through no fault of their own. This has been done by providing rice bags, grocery Kits and vegetables.
As Corona cases started to spread to our villages, we distributed PPEs to front line key workers who are working in the "Containment zones".
All the regional government authorities attended our distribution programs. The Officers commended services of IVM in this crisis situation.
We are distributing essential food pack (5Kgs of rice, 1 Kg Lentil and 1 litre sunflower oil, vegetables/eggs) to many starving families in our region.
If home is where the heart is, then IVM’s Children’s Home is truly “home sweet home” for many children in India.
IVM runs a Children's Home which is dedicated to providing a loving family atmosphere to children who have lost their parents. IVM cares for the physical, emotional and educational needs of children.
These children live in clean, safe dormitories and are given the opportunity of a lifetime in India—education from primary school through college.
The greatest tool for helping someone face the adversity of poverty is education and we are fully committed to helping the very poor and needy children to have access to and avail themselves of quality education. India Village Ministries is providing support to some poor children and young people with their school/college education.
IVM seeks to restore joy in the lives of widows and the elderly by providing regular assistance and meals. We hope to expand this ministry to care for more widows and elderly.
IVM provides Emergency Disaster Service following natural disasters and other emergency situations. IVM is always at the forefront in providing relief to needy people affected in disasters such as floods, cyclones, and fire.
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Suresh & Roja Vemulipalli