December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Relief Projects India

School books for the Little Darlings

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 Relief Projects India

Many thanks to Kankainen for her donation. We have used some of it to purchase much needed school workbooks for the Little Darlings.

December 21, 2013

December 7, 2013

Playground for the SHE centre going up!

Saturday, December 07, 2013 Relief Projects India

Many thanks to the following people who contributed towards this playground: Kati, Inni Kankainen and Minna, Roopali, Mr. Shivacumar, and the children of Parkside School, London.

November 26, 2013

General Medical Camp for Very Poor Villagers

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Relief Projects India

Last Saturday, we held another medical camp at the SHE centre, this time a general health camp, with doctors from Madurai who volunteered their time and also provided medicines
for the camp.
PHOTOS: Audio advertising for people in the area who are illiterate, attendees. Bottom left: our tuition teachers who came to fill out the registration forms, along with two tuition students who also volunteered their time. Bottom right: Jay, an American who is volunteering with his family, had lots of fun with the younger attendees.

October 21, 2013

Thank you to anonymous donor.

Monday, October 21, 2013 Relief Projects India
A hearty thanks to the anonymous donor who just sent a set of interlocking construction blocks for the children. A great gift which they will surely love.

September 2, 2013

One Dowry Murder Every Hour!

Monday, September 02, 2013 Relief Projects India

Shocking statistics have been released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).  Their  figures state that 8,233 dowry deaths were reported in 2012 from various states. The statistics work out to one death per hour. 

Suman Nalwa, additional deputy commissioner of Delhi Police (Special Unit for Women and Children), said the problem is not only limited to the lower or middle class.

 "Higher socio-economic strata is equally involved in such practices. Even the highly educated class of our society do not say no to dowry. It runs deep into our social system," she said.

August 14, 2013

New Term, New Tuitions and Stationery Supplies

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Relief Projects India

The tuition groups are running well again, after the summer holidays, and, thanks Lincpen, we were able to distribute supplies to all the students--notebooks, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, and compass sets for the older students.

April 19, 2013

Two New Tuition Centres

Friday, April 19, 2013 Relief Projects India

As promised in the post on 'A Tragic Story' we have now opened a new tuition centre in the village where a little girl commit suicide, plus one more in a nearby village.

March 30, 2013

News From the Little Darlings

Saturday, March 30, 2013 Relief Projects India

Several of the Little Darlings are going or have gone for adoption. This is wonderful news and we are so happy for them. Suleka was adopted by a local family. They say that she talks often of the Mercy Home but they are determined to win her with love. We couldn't be happier that such a wonderful couple have taken on the challenge of raising Suleka in spite of her physical challenges. Rani has also gone for adoption with a local family. Melvin, who was born with only one hand, will be going to a family in the United States, and Preita, who was operated for a cleft palette, to a family in Scandinavia. (The government has been putting emphasis on finding overseas adoptive parents for the special needs children who have not been chosen for adoption within the country, with great success.)

March 21, 2013

Eye Camp for the Poor

Thursday, March 21, 2013 Relief Projects India

On the 17th March, RPI conducted a free eye-camp for 30 villages, with the help of the world-famous Aravind Eye Hospital, and the Madurai District Visual Prevention Association. The Aravind Hospital conducts many free eye-screening camps and then provides free cataract operations and other treatment when required. However, they need a partner organisation to a arrange the venue, do the preparations, make sure electricity is supplied, do advertising to make sure needy people attend, and to provide food for the medical staff. This was our role. As a result of the camp, 205 people received examinations, 45 people went for surgery, mostly cataract surgery, and 25 people received spectacles.

March 2, 2013

A Tragic Story--and a New Tution Centre

Saturday, March 02, 2013 Relief Projects India

Today we learned the tragic news that an 11 year old girl in a nearby village commit suicide.  Her teacher had scolded her for not doing her homework and for not having a notebook.  So she went home and killed herself. 11 years old. So many thoughts have passed through our minds--if only her teacher had corrected her more carefully, if only her parents had bought her a notebook, if only she had asked us for a notebook..... The villagers came to our staff today and begged us to open a tuition/evening study centre in their village. We are making it top priority but alas, too late for one little girl.

We are determined to try to  make a difference through our programmes--to teach our staff, and tuition teachers to talk to children with respect and kindness; if they have to correct them, to balance it with encouragement and not to assault their dignity. Corporal punishment is forbidden in our centres. No using sticks to keep the children quiet, as we have seen in some anganwadis. And through our activities and youth club,  we shall endeavour to teach children to treat each other with respect and courtesy also, no matter their caste or community.

Can you sponsor a tuition centre? Rs.1000 a month pays the salary for a teacher for 2-3 hours an evening so the children can complete their homework and get needed assistance.  (About $20, £12 or €14)

According to a recent Lancet report, suicide death rates in India are among the highest in the world. A large proportion of adult suicide deaths occur between the ages of 15 years and 29 years, especially in women. 

January 15, 2013

Light blankets for the elderly toddlers

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Relief Projects India

Many thanks to Mr. Srinavasan for donating these light-weight blankets which are perfect for the cool winter evenings.

And a big smile from Dashana and Melvina.