December 15, 2011

Christmas Gift Giving!

Thursday, December 15, 2011 Relief Projects India

Give A Chrismas Gift to a Needy Person.
Here are some gift ideas:
1. Father Tony has identified 16 exceptionally poor elderly people in the villages where we are working. He would like to gift the women (13) with a sari, which we can get for Rs.150 per sari, (about £3.00) and the men with a lungi, costing about Rs.125 per piece. Also, we can get them some warm bed covers for the cooler winter evenings for Rs.100 per cover ($2.00.)
2. Educational Items for Little Darlings, Creches or future school: We have a list of suggestions here along with Indian internet stores where these items can be purchased.

November 29, 2011


Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Relief Projects India
We've been blessed with some wonderful volunteers from Australia recently. Many thanks to Judith, Shioban, Kim and Leanne, for your wonderful help and love for the babies and children.

November 18, 2011

Progress in Reading

Friday, November 18, 2011 Relief Projects India
Suleka and the other older 'Little Darlings' are making excellent progress in their reading skills.

October 6, 2011

Construction begins on the RPI centre for health and education.

Thursday, October 06, 2011 Relief Projects India
The first priority was a gate and boundary to safe-guard building supplies. This is almost finished, and then we will start on the main building.

October 5, 2011

Celebrating Elder's Day at the Mercy Home

Wednesday, October 05, 2011 Relief Projects India
Elder's Day provided an opportunity to have a grand celebration--not only for the elderly residents, but also to inaugurate the new quarters for the sick elderly, and to celebrate the birthdays of Danny (turning 4) and Darshana (turning 3.) We hope you enjoy these video clips and photos of the happy celebration.

Dany and Darshana perform for the elderly:

The Little Darlings performance:

Suleka and Rani sing 'Happy Birthday' to Dany and Darshana

The carers of the babies and 'Lil Darlings' do a cultural performance for the elderly.

The elderly also gave a performance, and then were handed little gifts.

September 11, 2011

Bathroom renovation for Lil' Darlings

Sunday, September 11, 2011 Relief Projects India
New child's size "Indian" toilet and new shower area. We have also put in a Western-style toilet for the physically challenged children who cannot use the Indian style one.

August 7, 2011

Bathroom time at a village creche. Sponsorship needed for toilets.

Sunday, August 07, 2011 Relief Projects India
Here you see the village children at a creche going to the front yard for their bathroom time, as there are no toilets. Read how you can sponsor toilets here.

Starting work in one more creche and new supplies.

Sunday, August 07, 2011 Relief Projects India
Thank you to Susee Group, Madurai for donating these supplies for a creche. We have been able to start working in one more creche, in Edyapatti, thanks to these supplies.

BEFORE: The creche only had the following items for 30 children before.

AFTER: Some of the lovely educational items donated by Susee.

July 25, 2011

June 30, 2011

Creche Program Launched

Thursday, June 30, 2011 Relief Projects India
With the start of the new school year here, we decided to start working right away in two villages creches. We still don't have all the needed sponsorship for renovations and educational items, but we decided to start with what we have, since the creche had no educational items or teaching at all. Here are a few photos of the children enjoying some action rhymes, construction blocks and colouring!

June 16, 2011

Clipo Received

Thursday, June 16, 2011 Relief Projects India
We received this lovely box of Clipo for the Little Darlings from an internet store. The name of the sender was not provided, but we send many thanks to our anonymous donor. The children will love this toy.

June 14, 2011

Excursion for summer students

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Relief Projects India
SHE staff took the students who faithfully attended the summer English classes on a fun excursion to Vagai Dam. As you can see, they all enjoyed themselves.

June 9, 2011

Summer English classes

Thursday, June 09, 2011 Relief Projects India
Summer school holidays take place in May in India. So SHE staff organised some English language classes for the tuition students. Emphasis was placed on learning through games and fun activities--after all, the children were taking their holiday time to attend these classes. The attendees all made lots of progress in their English-speaking skills.

May 29, 2011

Some Little Darlings Activities

Sunday, May 29, 2011 Relief Projects India
Enjoying musical chairs. We repeated the last rounds a few times so everyone could have a chance to win!
Below, Danny proudly shows his writing.

April 23, 2011

Prime Minister asks for national campaign to fight infanticide and feticide.

Saturday, April 23, 2011 Relief Projects India
The provisional Census figures, released last month, show that the child sex ratio in India has declined to 914 females per 1,000 males — the lowest since Independence. "Terming practice of female feticide and infanticide in many parts of the country a 'national shame', Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday expressed the need to have a national campaign to counter this bias ...Referring to the figure, the PM said improving this ratio is not merely a question of stricter compliance with the existing laws. 'What's more important is how we view and value the girl child in our society,' he said. " Courtesy Times of India 

Follow this link to read about RPI's SHE program which was launched last year to fight infanticide and feticide, raise the status of females, and improve the health and well-being of mothers and disadvantaged children.
The SHE Program

April 22, 2011

Latest arrival at the Mercy Home.

Friday, April 22, 2011 Relief Projects India
It is very very unlikely this little boy will be adopted because of his missing hand, so he may well join the Little Darlings in a year or so.

April 13, 2011

Gift from Antti and packages from Leena Gustafson

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Relief Projects India
Thank you to Antti and children for the playdough we received for the Little Darlings. They will have lots of fun with it. Please thank your children for their kind greeting also.

And many thanks Leena Gustafson for the fives packages of baby textiles we received, I think on behalf of Vaaka and Lutheran Congregation of Myanamaki mission group.

March 21, 2011


Monday, March 21, 2011 Relief Projects India
Karen from Australia is currently volunteering at the Mercy Home and being a super big help with the babies. Last month, Heidi, also from Australia, was a great help in the nursery. (The baby she was holding has since been adopted by a lovely family!)

March 17, 2011

Self-help group meeting

Thursday, March 17, 2011 Relief Projects India
Here are some photos of one of the meetings of our local self-help group set up by SHE. Each woman pays a small amount into a common account each month. When they reach about $200 they then become eligble for an interest free loan from a local bank. The women can then take a loan to be invested. One lady wants to buy 2 goats to start a flock; another one wants to take advantage of a free tailoring course being offered and then take a loan to buy a sewing machine. We hope this initiative will improve the income of these desperately poor families.

March 13, 2011

Bottle Contact

Sunday, March 13, 2011 Relief Projects India
Yesterday we went to visit a local manufacturer of a well-known brand of baby bottles and he agreed to sell us baby bottles at cost price, which represents a big saving. Thank you to 'Princy India' for their willingness to help and to Samir for your donation which covered the first purchase.

Pretty flowers

Sunday, March 13, 2011 Relief Projects India
Here are some of the pretty artificial flowers that the senior citizens are making.

March 12, 2011

Activities for the elderly

Saturday, March 12, 2011 Relief Projects India
The elderly residents of the Mercy Home have now started some craft activities to keep them occupied. (For those of you who don't know this, the Home also rescues abandoned old folk and currently houses 31 old people.)The women are making lovely artificial flowers and the men are making little bags from old newspapers which are used here by the medical shops.

February 14, 2011

A review 2010 accomplishments in Little Darlings toddler group and SHE programme

Monday, February 14, 2011 Relief Projects India
We have compiled a list of our progress with the Little Darlings and SHE programme during 2010. We hope you will enjoy reading. Many thanks to all who have assisted in sponsoring these programmes.
RPI Year-End Review

February 12, 2011

New toddler bedroom

Saturday, February 12, 2011 Relief Projects India

Here are some pictures of the toddler bedroom. The toddlers used to sleep on mats on the floor, but inevitably rolled off the mats onto the bare tiles, and then caught cold. Susanna brought some cuddle toys back from England and gave each toddler one as a present which they keep on their bed. Bottom right → Afternoon naptime.

Toy Drive for these needy children.

Saturday, February 12, 2011 Relief Projects India
We are starting a new programme to help village nursery schools, such as the one below. Please follow this link to read all about it: Nursery School Renewal Programme

February 9, 2011

New Packages Received

Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Relief Projects India
The packages received page has been updated with packages received since the New Year. Many thanks to all!

January 28, 2011

New supplies

Friday, January 28, 2011 Relief Projects India
A few of the many supplies that Jesse and Susanna were able to bring back from England, where they spent Chrismas and New Year with their family. These are for the Mercy Home and future schools. Thanks to family and charity shops!

January 16, 2011

One of the evening tuition groups

Sunday, January 16, 2011 Relief Projects India

These tuitions provide a place for these very poor children to do their homework, with supervised help.

January 5, 2011

Photos from the Childrens Day activities.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 Relief Projects India
These are our tuition students who participated in games, competitions and fun activities for Children's Day. Each group had prepared a special presentation also--dance, song or poem.