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Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013

School uniforms and concrete floors have replaced ragged clothing and muddy pathways as a hostel/orphanage is dedicated this month in Maradiyur, India. Today, 400 orphaned, abandoned and neglected girls between the ages of five and 20 are safe and going to school at Homes of Hope in southern India. One of them is Reena, shown at left at age eight, who is now 14. Seven years ago, her smile inspired Paul Wilkes to reach into his pocket and give. From that first fistful of dollars, more than $1 million has been raised through Homes of Hope India-US and more than 100 Wilmingtonians have traveled to teach and lead the girls, to repair the original Prathyasha Bhavan, or Homes of Hope, which now includes three orphanages, 18 schools and nine community empowerment centers throughout southern India. By Paul Wilkes • Photography by Arrow Ross 45 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


Wrightsville Beach Magazine May 2013
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