Sisters designing orphanage in India

For the Progress-Times

Webster County has a connection to the village of Santa Peta, India.

Sisters Stephanie Stewart and Holly Hawkins of Belinda Stewart Architects in Eupora are designing a new orphanage for the small village to meet the educational, physical and spiritual needs of children and women.

The orphanage will be phased, beginning with the building of a girls home and the necessary infrastructure. The orphanage is directed by Raj and Colleen Maamidi from Impact India Ministries.

Raj and Colleen moved to India in November with their two children and have begun their orphanage in a small home, while raising money for the construction of the first building. They have also begun a ministry to destitute and abused women, called Esther Refuge Home.

One can learn more about their ministry and their current service in India at or on Facebook (Colleen Maamidi).

Anyone who would like to help with the building of this new orphanage may donate online at the website.