Even though we are a childrens charity, our work rarely stops there. We help old siblings, often with clothes as well as their parents. During Diwali / Eid we help the whole family by providing food items for them which helps them celebrate. Sometimes however the help is more defined and more impactful when received. We were approached by one of the mothers of the children we help for a helping hand. She had come to the centre on morning and care through the door in tears. She explained to us that her husband had beaten her for most of her married life and it has not gotten easier. She was scared but at the point in her life where something needed to change.
After a long conversation, a call to the police helpline and a visit by a kind hearted policeman (and a few stern words) life has turned around, for the time being at least, It is always complicated when it comes to married life, but we were able to get her the help she needed and it was a delighted to see her a few weeks later as she came to the centre again with a smile on her face and praise for the little help we gave.
Thank you so much for the mother coming to us, this must have been a hard step to ask for help, thank you to the women’s helpline (ok, the actual helpline number wasn’t working so we had to find a direct number for one of the staff) and the police who came to support this mother in their time of need.
Pencil Cases are coming along well.
Neeta, Amina, Shruti and Rob have worked hard and managed to do around 115 so far, we are aiming for 160 (give or take) for the new school year that starts in June.
The Pencils are all made from donated (recycled) jeans (that are too big for the kids) and Shirts and other materials for the lining.
A lot of the clothes we are donated are far too big for the children so instead of it going to waste we, upcycle, upscale and recycle the items into pencil cases, bags and more.
We were contacted by two Chiropractors who wished to provide a small session for the children and staff.
The two lads had gained their certification in the UK and the children were a little shy to start with, but after the first couple of children had been seen they were lining up and giving each other instructions about what to do.
Thank you so much to the guys for joining us for the afternoon.
A few days before Christmas we were invited to the Serendipity Art Festival in Panjim.
In total 45 children joined in with a day of artistic expression. Here are a few warm up photos before the children put their own artistic expressions to paper.
A huge thank you to Liz Kemp and her volunteers who looked after us very well.