House of Onions News

A Home Built by Faith, A Recap of Our Trip to India

Some 30 years ago, a young Priest in the Diocese of Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, Southeast India received a bowl of onions from a young parishioner, thus planting a “mustard seed” for what is now an operational home for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS virus. You can read about the entire story on “The House of Onions” website: www.houseofonions.org. But allow me to tell the tale from my first involvement in this project.... Several years later, circa 2010, that same young Priest arrived in Concho, AZ on a Missionary assignment and was instantly recognized by the parishioners as someone quite special. And while he only stayed a year, he left a big impression on many. Fast forward to January 2014 and a request from Father for a 10 day sponsorship to revisit old acquaintances was happily accepted by yours truly. Shortly thereafter, following many miles and visits, on return to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, I was asked for some assistance with a project in India that had been germinating over these past many years. And so a, project of unknown time and money began! On December 24, 2014, after assembling a Board of Directors, obtaining necessary legal consultations and the creation of a 501(c)(3) foundation, the “House of Onions” was first introduced to friends and families via phone calls, emails and even our own website. All that remained to take place was the solicitation of enough funds to construct a home for roughly 30 orphans, hire enough staff to feed, cloth, and shelter these children and provide proper medical care and education for all. I am proud to say that all of this has been accomplished! On August 22nd, 2019, one of our Board Members, David Knox, and I attended the “Grand Opening” along with some 600 plus attendees for a beautiful 3 hour Mass and speeches from The Most Reverend Ch. Bhagyaiah, Bishop of Guntur, Mayor Ambati Rambabu,member of the legislative assembly (MLA) of Sattenapalli town constituency, and an inspirational speech by our own Father YL Marreddy. Additionally, there were 55 Priests and some 60 Nuns among the many local community members also in attendance. As this happens to be in the monsoon season period, necessary preparations to include large circus type tents were set up to shelter guests from anticipated downfalls, however, the rains arrived about an hour AFTER all the celebrants had safely started home. Talk about faith! Of all the excitement of the week spent visiting with dignitaries, school superintendents, Diocesan Priests and the Newly formed Board of Directors in India, nothing came close to the rush of emotional feelings that both David and I experienced the first moment we arrived at the home and saw a group of young boys playing soccer and in great spirits. You see, it had been just over a month since their arrival at the House of Onions. Each came from extreme poverty, living with a grandparent, a distant relative or perhaps a neighbor of their late parents. And here they were, in this shot time, enjoying new “brothers”, having a beautiful home to live, three wholesome meals every day, bathrooms and so much more than ever before! It was perhaps at that moment, I truly understood that the DREAM of that young Priest had, in fact, come true and I had been given the opportunity to play a small role in a magnificent play! For this this, I believe each of our Board Members and every Donor who played even a small part will be forever thankful for the opportunity. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Grand Opening, August 22, 2019

On August 17th, fellow Board Member, David Knox and I leave on our 24 hour flight to India to attend the House of Onions "Grand Opening" on the 22nd. There remains last minute touch ups and miscellaneous expenses that need additional funding. Hope to get another wire off to Father by next week. Any additional assistance will be appreciated. Will recap our trip upon return at the end of August.

We are Operational!

As of June 1st, the first class of children became residents of the House of Onions! It was crucial to have the children on board by June to comply with school registration rules and regulations and we did it! Thank you to every donor over the past 4 and a half years for your continued support. And now the real work begins....

Construction is COMPLETE!

The House of Onions construction is now complete, but we need an additional $15,000 for furnishings and other miscellaneous expenses before we can bring our first 30 youngsters orphaned due to AIDs on board by June 1st. We are having an Estate Sale on April 26 of my late Wife's treasurers with all proceeds going to our House of Onions. If you cannot make it to Concho, AZ, any donation will still get you a Tax reduction for 2019 and, if new, addition to our Donor List.

A 2019 New Year's Surprise!

Our own Board Member, Dr. V, established a #GivingTuesday fundraiser for the House of Onions a while back and here is how we did! $1,233 donated. 33 people donated to our fundraiser. 9 people shared our fundraiser. 623 people were invited to our fundraiser. A BIG Thank You to everyone who participated in any way.

December 5, 2018 - An Update from Father YL

Prayerful greetings. Here are the latest updates on our House of Onions to share with all the supporters whose prayers and contributions are making this dream a reality! 1. As to the work on our home. All the painting works are over except workers shed. You can in the pictures. 2. By taking loan without interest of Rs. 4,52,000 ($6406.80) from my friend, I will complete before Christmas. 3. I have prepared Christmas card I will mail you. Kindly go through well and give me your valuable suggestions, if any changes and corrections. Let me also know how many cards do you need to send to our donors. I can send within two or three days. 4. I am sad to inform you that our watch man who was there from the beginning got heart attach and he is immediately taken to hospital and saved his life. After discharge he voluntarily resigned and went to his home. Now we have another man good and faithful. 5. Now I am going to different offices and meeting higher officials to discuss about how to admit kids and their rules and regulations and legal proceedings. 6. At the same time busy with parish Christmas celebration. Our parish annual feast is on January 1st 2019 feast of Holy Name of Jesus. Pray for me. Father Y. L.

The FINAL Push! Need your HELP!

My beloved big brother Greetings and prayerful wishes from your little brother Here I am fine and doing well in the new parish. Really Doctor Ramesh mission caption is touching and has broad meaning. 1. The works that are completed during these days * Tiles are fixed in all toilets, kitchen, prayer room and dining Hall. *In front of the building, the platform is well prepared for the kids to play and enjoy outside fresh breeze. *Plumbing work in and outside is completed. * Water supply from water borewell to over head tank is fixed with pipes. *Electricity wiring is done. *Cupboards are fixed in all the rooms. *Outside the building the mud is almost spread. 2. The works to be completed and their costs * Doors and windows (balance to be paid) = Rs. 72,000_00 *Electricity switches,meter and to water motor(this has to be done after paintings) = Rs. 1, 73,000_00. *Ventilators and mosquito mesh = Rs.1,50,000_00 *Steps steel railing Rs.1,05,000_00. *Paintings Rs. 7,00,000_00 *Contractor Rs.4,37,000_00 *Parking area Rs.75,000_00 *Furniture Rs.5,00,000_00 *Raising ground with mud(25 trucks) = 50,000_00 *Solar system to have hot water = 50,000_00 *Drinking mineral water machine= 70,000_00 *Workers shed has become low and when it rains water is entering into the rooms So it must be raised. It costs Rs. 2,00,000_00 *Missalenious = Rs. 60,000_00 *Total costs= Rs. 26,42,000_00 (NOTE: The Rs above equal approximately $36,000.) These are areas at we have to complete. Tomorrow painter is coming to talk to me when to begin his work. With regard to selection of staff I am already in touch with them.

Why are we supporting this Non profit Organization? Why HIV/AIDS in Children in India?

Dr. Vemulapalli has looked into some of the available statistics to find that the House of Onions is very much in need! 1) 36.7 million People are living with HIV Globally (UNAIDS data 2017). Of these, 2.1 million are children. 2) Of the 2.1 million children, only 43% are on antiretroviral treatment. Even though the numbers of new HIV infections have decreased, for children living with HIV, AIDS related illnesses are leading cause of mortality. 3) The number of HIV/AIDS orphans increased from

Father YL's New Parish

As of June 1st, Father YL was reassigned a new Parish considerably closer to our House of Onions. This will provide Father more time to oversee our construction progress and, eventually the operations once the children are on premises.

Please welcome our newest Board Member, Dr.Ramesh Vemulapalli!

Dr. Ramesh K. Vemulapalli was born in Hyderabad, India. He graduated with an M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree in 1990 from Gandhi Medical College. In 1992 he enrolled in a graduate program at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL obtaining a Masters in Biological Sciences degree in 1995. After completing his Internal Medicine residency training at UPMC-McKeesport Hospital, PA (1995-1998) he attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston completing his fellowship in Infectious Diseases in 2000. Dr. Vemulapalli is board certified in Infectious Diseases and has been in private practice in Dover since 2000. He is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and American College of Physicians. He serves as vice chairman of the Infection Control Department at Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE.

Update from Father YL, April 19, 2018

Thanks for your mail. I am sending you the pictures of doors and windows. Everything is fixed well. There is no money in my hand still i have to pay nearly Rs. 4,00,000 ($6,048) to the doors and windows. That means still we are in minus. We need to a lot internally both on building and toilets. To paint we need money at least outside. Fr. Manti is helping me a lot. To continue the work we need money. Next month by 12th may 2018 i will have transfer to the nearest parish to our House of Onions center. You are most welcome to India at any moment. I will be the happiest person. You will know what is happening at the center. Hope we will soon inaugurate our House of Onions for our poor kids. Your little brother in Christ

Radio Podcast, Feb 10, 2018

We had the opportunity to be interviewed by LCol (Ret) Denny Gillem on his nationally syndicated radio show last weekend. Denny happens to be a West Point classmate of mine from 1964 (hope that doesn't make us sound old). You can hear our 10 minutes of fame on his website: www.FrontlinesOfFreedom.com We were in the second hour of the 2/10/2018 program. While those of you familiar with the House of Onions may not gain new info about our foundation, there may be an item or two you can pick up about me. Give it a listen!

Merry Christmas from Concho, Arizona!

When folks hear that the House of Onions stateside base is in Arizona, most think desert and cactus. In the Northeast corner of Arizona, up in the White Mountains, we actually have a different picture in mind. Thanks to many of you, while we may not have a White Christmas, our House of Onions has received a bountiful blessing just in time for Christmas in India! We are blessed to have such faithful patrons of our foundation to carry us through construction and on into operations early next year. May 2018 be a year to remember! May God bless each and everyone of you.

Update as of November 4, 2017

A lot has been done in the last few weeks! The building nears completion and being operational early next year. Father requests our loyal donors and potentially new ones to think of our House of Onions during the coming holidays. We will have new photos and videos shortly, but the picture shown here gives one the idea! Thanks to each of you who are making this dream come true.

Update as of October 19, 2017 from Father YL

Now the entire plastering of the building is over and today began the construction of compound wall on the forth side. After that we have to go for flooring with stone. If you could adjust $. 20,000/_ dollars I can complete major works of flooring and doors, Windows etc. With the amount you sent by next week to I will complete plastering of the entire building and construction of forth side compound wall. God bless you and all our faithful Donors!

Update as of September 28, 2017

Great news! The exterior is up and work is beginning on electrical, plumbing, etc. Father YL tells me with $25,000, we will be operational by year end or early next year! There are already more candidates then we can care for, but it is a huge hurdle we have crossed with the help of of each of our wonderful donors. Thank you ever so much for your continued support.

Father YL's update as of May 19, 2017

My beloved big brother Greetings and prayerful greetings. Thanks a lot for your mail and getting ready for next board meeting. On part of update for the meeting I would like to share the following points. 1. The summer is unimaginable . It is really horrible which even our ancestors never experienced this kind of summer. From 7 a.m to 6 p.m we are unable to move outside‚Äč. It is like burnt fire. Every day more than 25 people are dying specially old and sick. Those who have A.C they are saved. The buildings are very hot all through day and night. I too don't have any A.C. 2. Five days back I have mailed some of the documents you requested. Hope that you will receive them soon. 3. With regard to the information about kids, now sisters on summer move for holidays and for different meetings. Children are a lot also on holidays. We can get them only after reopening of schools on 12th June 2017. 4. The construction of building is ready for first floor roofing. But unfortunately we are waiting for our renewal certificate from inter- national office in Delhi. Until then we should be patient. 5. Really I am praying to God to get things done faster. Fr. Y. L

Construction update as of February 2, 2017 direct from Father YL

Greetings and prayerful wishes! Here is an update on our construction progress. Please have new photos and videos posted to our website as soon as possible so that our wonderful donors can SEE our progress. 1. Bed concrete over the foundation of the building. It is made mainly without any further sinking of the basement inside the building. 2. Construction of brick wall Up To roof level. These brick walls are mainly to divide different rooms inside the building. 3. Pictures of the Jeep with the name of House of onions. 4. Now the building is ready to put up the roof to the ground floor. The workers are free without work. 5. Now if you could send me $ 15,000 dollars I can finish roof construction. Then we have to wait for one month until it cure's and sets well by cooling with more and more water. 6. As the building is coming up good number of them are asking me when it will be completed. When can they seek admission. Even the government officials , priests, sisters and the people are asking me when can be the inauguration and blessings of the house. Keep me in your prayers. Your brother in Christ Fr. Y. L. Marreddy

An Update from Father YL, October 14th, 2016

Greetings and prayerful wishes to you in the name of Jesus. By the grace of God I am perfectly all right. I am sorry for my delay. For ten days I went to a long place to make my retreat personally. My main intention is that I want to send solid report. Now in India all is good . But due to heavy rains there was lot of damage of crops, the roads and railway tracks are washed away and water entered into houses Up to 5 feet. Just from four days only there is no rain. On 13 October we made land marking of the building and tomorrow at 9.30 AM, we going to lay the foundation and begin the work. By the time you sent the money, my friend priest had already sold the Jeep. However, one of my cousins is a mechanic in Hyderabad and is searching for another similar used Jeep. Soon after buying, I will send pictures of Jeep and on Monday I will also send some other pictures of building. With regards to the kids, all are with either family members or friends/neighbors, but they will be better off once our home is ready. So many are below poverty level and not always getting proper nutrition and medicine. If there are no more rains by the end of October foundation will be completed. Pray so that all will be good by the grace of God. Kindly wait for pictures until next week. Fr. Y. L.

Candidates for the House of Onions

Father YL and Father Manti have begun seeking candidates for our Home once operational. So far they have found 60 such children for our 30 bunk capacity facility. The website is currently being updated with pictures and brief bios for each child and we hope to have all 60 up at the earliest opportunity. You simply place your pointer over a picture to get name, age, Date of Birth and whether or not the child is infected by AIDS or orphaned due to AIDS. AS you can tell, unfortunately, we appear to have a never ending supply of these children. I trust we all see the need to be operational at the earliest time. Your prayers and financial assistance, as always, are greatly appreciated.

Carl Dye and Tracy Candelaria visit House of Onions in Andra Pradesh, India.

Carl Dye and Tracy Candelaria report a successful site visit to Dhulipalla, Andra Pradesh, India. After landing at the Hyderabad airport, they were met by Father YL and spent the next nine days in a whirlwind of meetings, site visits, inspections and cultural overload. Read more: View link

The Maverick interview

Carl Dye interviewed by Amie Rogers of The Maverick Magazine. The interview can be read here: View Link View PDF

The Introduction

In our first professionally produced video, Marissa Candelaria introduced the House of Onions project to the world. View link

Website launched

House of Onions 501(C)3 charity and website launched.