The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 1889. DR BARNARDO'S HOMES.
I We are m receipt from Dr Barnardo, \ the philanthropic founder of the Homes 7 for Destitute Children, of. his annual , circular and appeal for help m the noble , and beneficent work m which he is 7 engaged. From this we learn that there * are homes established m London at ' Stepney, Limehouse, and Bow, at Ilford, [ F'ssex ; Hawkhurst, Kent ; Gorey, B Jersey ; and Ontario, Canada. In these 1 homes there are no less than three ) thousand children rescued from the very depths of misery, and cared for, clothed, | fed, educated and trained to be useful, j well-conducted men and women, while . their numbers are constantly increasing i eight or nine fresh cases being every day admitted. Dr Barnardo writes under L date November, 1888 :— " The winter upon which we have entered will, I fear, , bring very great suffering to the abject ' poor m the East of London. For the 1 adults among these we can, alas, do very little ; but I am deeply anxious to de--1 liver as many miserable little children as 8 possible from their wretched surroundings m the slums and lodging-house 3 districts. In such places boys and girls 9 abound whose lives are almost without prospect of good . These poor ' Waifs and Strays,' reared from infancy amidst awful ecenes of vice and immorality, if f unaided, fall victims at an early age to 3 the vile examples and pernicious in- ' fluences of their surroundings. We are 1 at work day and night seeking to rescue aod to save such. Moreover, young > cripples, children who are deaf and dumb, and little ones otherwise grievously afflicted, who perhaps have nevei known I a day's health, and who haye suffered untold hardships and want, appeal to me daily for aid. I cannot, I dare not, turn one such away ! Christian people, by the exercise of but a little self-denial, could hold up my hands very effectually whilst I and my colleagues continue the arduous task m which we have been ceaselessly engaged for 22 years m the East End of the Metropolis." ' Testimony to the excellent work carried on at the Homes is given, among others,by the Bt. Rev. tne Bishcp of Sodor and Man, by the Rt. Bey. the Bishop of 1 Bedford, and by the Bishops of Wakefield, St. Asaph, Hereford and Gibraltar. The first-named prelate writes : — " I can conceive no work m which the heart of our Lord and Saviour would more rejoice than m this special work pf gathering up the waifs and strays of this vast city, aud of bringing them, not only under cultivation, not only out of temptation, but under the sound of that blessed Gospel which is able to make I them wise unto salvation. This is the grand work of the Gospel ; and so, m connection with the work before us, Dr. Barnardo and those connected with him seek to gather up the waifs and strays of the young from the streets, to bring them to the Lord Jesus Christ, that they may realise the fulness of the blessing of His great salvation, that they may grow up to be good, useful members of society." The Bishop of Bedford, who was formerly Rector of fe'pitalfields, and, as such, had opportunities of judging of the needs of the London poor, says : "No one, I think, can live m London, and certainly no one can live m the JSasfc-end of London, without being at once convinced of the necessity for such institutions as these. Think of the number of children that are destitute, the number of children who have never known what it is to have a father or mother m the best and highest sense of the word ; and when we regard the position of these children, I think we may be ppnyinced of one thing — that only let their /condition be known, and it must strike a chord of sympathy jn the heart of every Christian man and every Chris* tian woman. Now, here we hare an Institution which meets their condition exactly. lam glad to know that it is actually and literally trae— that there is very little of the » Institutional ' about this Institution. There is very little of the Director about ir. Barnardo himself. He is more like a father among his own children than a director of an •fpstitption, and it is unnecessary to say that there is very little of the • barrack ' character about these Homes. They look indeed to be homes, and I think you will find them to be such if you will only kindly inspect them. Now, here you have not an imitation of a home, but several real homes, m which you will find Christian parents, endeavouring to fulfil their duty to the children whom God m His goodness has committed to their care ; and we ask you to watch what the future of these girls is as they go out into life, and J venture to think you will find that by God's blessing m after life they do credit to the good Christian instruction and homelike life which they have had here m this Home * * , I Should Ifte to a§k you tQ do 1
all you can to support the Institution m ■ this respect, not only yourselves, but by influencing as many as you can. Go amongst your friends, and endeavour, as far as possible, to secure, here and there and everywhere, new friends and new supporters for the Home." We are glad to be able to pass on this excellent counsel not merely to those of our readers who are members of the Anglican Episcopal Church, but to all who are members of any Church, nay, to all who possess humanitarian sympathies, for the work m which Dr. Barnardo is engaged, may well engage the sympathy and help, not only of ail Christians, but of all philanthropists. We are glad to see that our friends at Oamaru are taking steps to aid these institutions, m a practical form, by sending them a shipment of frozen mutton, and should be pleased to see a movement set afoot m Ashburton district to help Dr, Barnardo by contributions either m money or moneys worth. I | i , o s i l 1