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About the program

Since 1994 UPCA National Women’s Ministries have administered a Sponsorship program for children in India who are either orphaned or destitute.


The Audrene Scism Children’s Home is situated in Mizoram - a north-eastern

state of India. The foundation stone of the ASCH was laid on the 15th of

January 1992, and on January 16, 1993 Pastor and Sister Downs were privileged

to be in Mizoram for the dedication of the building. On November 1, 1993 after

further building, installation of beds and furniture, and the appointment of staff,

the first children were taken into the Home. Since this time, around 200 children

have called the Audrene Scism Children’s Home, their ‘home’.

In the mid-1990s, planning began for the construction of a school on the ASCH site. The Mizo people consider education a very high priority for their children. All involved with the orphanage wanted nothing less also for the ASCH children. A good education would be such an asset and advantage to the future of these children, particularly given their extremely disadvantaged backgrounds.

Currently, sponsorship is $30 per month and we guarantee 100% of this money is forwarded to the ASCH. These funds are given for the basic operations at the orphanage, including food, clothes, staff and education. This program has grown above and beyond anything we could have dreamed.


The success of this project is only because there is a great God who initiated it, and is directing it ... it is truly marvellous in our eyes! Additional support can be given at any time through National Women’s Ministries, or through the ‘Friends of the Orphanage’ program administered through Calvary Chapel, Canberra.

How you can give

You can give via email, direct deposit or cheque.

Please contact Melanie Downs for more information on melanie.downs@calvarychapel.com.au or alternatively please use the form below.

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