1971   The vision of HOINA begins.

1972   HOINA incorporated in the United States.

1975   HOINA founder, Darlene Large, makes first trip to India.

1978   Trust in India is formed. First home is begun for seven boys.

Darlene at the first HOINA home

Darlene at the first HOINA home

1979   Two acres of land purchased for children’s home in Tamil Nadu, South India. Leprosy clinic built in Andhra Pradesh.

1980   Second home for handicapped children founded in Bapatla, A.P.

1981   First large home built with help from Lions Clubs International and Lancaster-Lebanon PA Lions Club District 14D. Art and Drama Programs begin.

1982   Perali Free Clinic for eight villages founded. Second home for handicapped children founded in Chirala, A.P.

1986   Lalitha comes to the U.S. for surgery at Shriners Hospital

1987   Art School built near Madras orphanage. New dormitory built at Bapatla Hostel. Darlene meets Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

1988   Aruna comes to the U.S. for surgery.


aruna today

aruna today


1990   Cyclone destroys boy’s home. New hostel is started in Bapatla, A.P. Lalitha comes to the U.S. for surgery.

1994   Cunningham-Gagnon English Medium School is founded at boys’ home. HOINA has 60 boys and 36 girls.

1998   Telegu Medium School is added at boys’ home. New wing completed at girl’s home.

1998   Sharbunisha comes to the U.S. for surgery.

2000   T. Nagaruju and M. Prakash come to the U.S. for surgery. First Penn State Schreyer Honors College scholars travel to India to participate in HOINA service learning project. 130 children in homes, 150 students at Cunningham-Gagnon English School, 60 students at Telegu Medium School. Eight water buffalo launch HOINA’s animal husbandry program.

2001   20 acres are purchased near Vizakhaputnam for new boys’ home.

2004   Repairs are made to the girls’ home due to earthquake damage. New boys’ home completed.

2005   Tsunami hits Southern India. HOINA responds with an addition to the girls’ home. Program to feed village widows begins in Tsunami-stricken, impoverished village. HOINA reaches 100 children at both the boys’ and girls’ homes.

2006   Staff House completed at boys’ campus. Activities Center at girls’ home completed.  Chandrasekhar receives heart surgery. 

2007   Ravi receives surgery to allow use of his hand

2007   Old Boys’ home in Bapatla is sold

2008   Construction begins to consolidate boys and girls’ homes on one property near Vizakhaputam

2009 Girls’ Home is completed in Kothasunkaranpalem and home in Chennai is closed.

2010 Agricultural program expanded to include a dairy herd.

2011 York College (PA) sends students to India to Volunteer. Soy Milk Program begun to produce soy milk for children at HOINA and neighboring villages.

2012 Generator and school bus purchased.

2013 Chapel construction begins.

2015 Chapel completed.

2017 Vocational school completed


Vocational School