Back to the Roots

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Asha house is a home for the neglected and abandoned children of India. Since opening its doors in March of 2007 Asha has taken in over 40 children into its family. The children come from brothels, villages, slums, and the streets of India. Many come from situations where they were going to be forced into slavery and prostitution.

Asha House practices individual love with a holistic approach:

1) Each child is assigned to a "family-group" consisting of five to seven children with one "house-parent."

2) Each child is responsible for his or her own household chores.

3) All the children partake in meals and prayer together "family style."

4) All the children receive equal and quality medical care and education.

Helping to sustain the well being of the children at Asha is our first priority at Back To The Roots. As we grow we will not only be a part of helping Asha House grow but we will help fund multiple homes and other organizations to help take care of many more children.

115 South Main Street
Chelsea, MI 48118
Mission Statement: 

Back To The Roots is a social enterprise whose primary purpose is to use our profits and resources to rescue and restore the vulnerable. These are the voiceless children, sex trafficking victims, and other poverty-stricken and enslaved people around the world. We are a multi-faceted fair trade company with retail locations in both Colorado & Michigan. BTTR uses many avenues to sell fair trade products as well as raise awareness and funds for social justice issues. Physical Retail Locations • E-Commerce • Cafés • Festivals • Franchising • Fundraisers Wholesale • Independent Consultants

The name Back To The Roots, defines our desire to encourage people to return to a simple lifestyle by buying fair trade to not only obtain every day goods, but also taking care of our neighbors worldwide. With your help we will bind up the broken-hearted and set the captives free. This could mean anything from providing a home for vulnerable children in India, caring for a young girl rescued out of sex trafficking, providing jobs and training for people stateside and abroad, and as simple as helping to meet the needs of the hurting people in our local communities. No matter what the need is, we will strive, with your help, to take care of our hurting brothers and sisters across the globe.

Organizational Statement of Faith: 

The vision for Asha House was planted in the hearts of the house parents before they had even met. Both Victor and Simini felt the Lord calling them to be a father and mother to the orphaned and rejected children of northern India. Both hailing from South India, they have been called out of their comfort zones, out of the world they know and into a larger story of the Father Heart of God. They went separately to the same Bible College, never meeting until their field work in Delhi. They met working at a children’s home, where the Lord planted the vision to move out from their current ministry covering. They were to pioneer new work in parts of India where the gospel hasn’t reached, and where there is little or no community of believers.

Their passion is for the broken children of India, specifically those whose parents are sex workers. Asha House grew from their obedience and stepping out in faith when there was no clear path before them. In March of 2007, Asha officially celebrated its opening and took in two children from an impoverished village nearby. It has now grown to 27 children and 7 staff members, a large family, but a family nonetheless. There is no institutional care at this hom, Victor and Simini know each and every child’s story, heart, and personality. They share in the pain that the kids have undergone, and flood them with love to reawaken the dreams and freedom of a child’s heart. Many of these children come from broken homes, abusive situations, children of sex workers, poverty, and abandonment. Asha is a home for the children to receive redeeming love, a full, healthy diet, a great education, and a healthy community of believers. The children have a daily routine of rising at 5 am, they then have prayer, bath time, breakfast, and off to school. They arrive back in the afternoon around 3:00 where they have lunch, play time, study time, then evening prayer. After prayer they study, have dinner, and then its off to bed ready to start the whole day again. The children that don’t go to school spend their days being tutored by Asha staff members to prepare them for entering formal schooling. All of the children will attend an English medium school, so they will be trilingual when they finish their education. They know their village language, Hindi (the majority language in North India), and English the language of the business and professional world in India. For the first time, these children will have an opportunity to be set free from poverty, prostitution, and hopelessness.

Would you like to visit Asha House in New Delhi, India? Contact Caleb Lange to make arrangements to see Asha House for yourself.

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