About Friends of Children’s Village

Together, We Achieve Results for Children

Friends of Children’s Village (FCV), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the US-based non-profit that helps to raise funding and find child-sponsors for the Christiana Children’s Homes (CCH) in Bapatla and Nidamarru, India. CCH fully funds the Elizabeth Barrie School (EBS) and Conrad Norbert Academy (CNA).


250 children plus hired house parents have a place to live


Three nutritious meals a day. No child goes hungry here.


From working in the fields to working toward the future


Together, we can break the cycle of generational poverty




Christiana Children’s Homes and the Elizabeth Barrie School share a campus on the south-eastern coast of India in the state of Andhra Pradesh in the town of Bapatla.


Christiana Children’s Home


The Elizabeth Barrie School

About Christiana Children’s Homes

In 1982, Babu Salagala and his wife, Hepsyba, followed the quiet call of God to reach out and care for the young children wandering and begging in the streets of Bapatla, India. Through hard work and great faith, they rented a building and took in 22 children from their community. Soon, word traveled, and each year they saw more and more children finding their way to the loving arms of the Christiana Children’s Homes.

Now, almost 37 years later, The Christiana Children’s Homes (CCH) have their own land, school, and accommodations for over 250 children. Each year, orphaned and destitute children find their way to a loving staff of caretakers and teachers, who devote their lives to seeing these kids overcome their generational hardships and succeed in life. The homes provide food, education, and medical care for orphaned, destitute, and sick children, with priority care given to children with HIV.

The children are educated and looked after with the loving care of full-time, live-in, Christian house parents, many of which have experienced hardships themselves. All the staff works hard to provide hope and a sustainable future for children who’ve been historically overlooked and undervalued – showing them the awesome love of God through action.

Christiana Children’s Homes 1982

Because of the limited space and resources, the Christiana Children’s Homes can only accept half of the children that apply for residence, with priority placement given to full orphans and children with HIV. Because of this, hundreds of struggling and impoverished children are turned away each year. Only with outside donor support can we take in more children.

The home is also a base for many other community ministries; Pastoral training, homeless elder care, local leper colony support and area disaster relief and housing.

Each Month at CCH


Monthly amount spent in Rupees (approx. ₹10,000) on bandages and antiseptic for local leper colony


Approx. ₹15,200 per month pays for fresh eggs from local farms


Approx. ₹32,800 per month is spent on vegetables for the meals at CCH

Elizabeth Barrie School

The Elizabeth Barrie School (EBS) was founded in 1992 as a K-10 English-medium eduction. EBS provides free education for children in the CCH as well as for other local children in Bapatla. There have been over 365 graduates since 1998 when they had their first graduating class. EBS is fully funded by CCH.


Free education for children in CCH


Free education for other local children


Graduates since 1998


160 children from CCH who also attended EBS have also completed higher education successfully over the last 10 years.

Field of Study# of Graduates
Post Graduate6
General Bachelor’s Degree28
Polytechnic 32
General Nursing43
Bachelor of Science2
Industrial Training Institute18
Other (B Ed., Vet. Science, etc.)10

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