Our current projects are based in India and Nepal.
Our main focus has always been children. We sponsor more than 100 children in desert areas of Maharashtra state in India. These children come from extremely poor families and are some are disadvantaged in other ways as well through disabilities or being orphaned. The children receive primary school education in Dhablepuri village and Rahuri. We supply books and other teaching aids to the schools and each child receives a new school uniform each year.
We have felt particularly happy to sponsor a music program at the Gadge Maharaj School in Rahuri, which mainly caters to orphans. Harmonium and tabla lessons are given to a group of girls and boys each week, plus they have regular practice sessions.
All the children are given a free hot lunch, usually consisting of dahl, rice, vegetables and chappattis. A cook prepares this nourishing food in a simple kitchen on site each school day. The children receive regular medical check ups and necessary medicines and treatments, and they also attend a dental camp each year.
Initially we sponsored individual children but as time has gone on, we have understood that it is better to leave the distribution of support to our trusted experts on the ground. This is because we often really need to add in an extra child (for example, one suddenly orphaned), and also because we don’t want to assist just one child in a family, or even selected children in a community and leave out others in need. Instead, we spread the funds to help all in a particular area, and add extra funds when needed to accomplish this. This is in line with our chief goal of actually giving help, rather than window-dressing the situation to look appealing to a western audience.