HAPsI's first newsletter July 2008




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   Aims
   New News
   Older News
   The New Home

HAPsI's aims

As a registered UK charity we are committed to raising people's awareness to the many destitute children and their families in South India. We have an urgent priority to create home for 30 orphans or semi orphans in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu. At present we help to support them by raising funds for their food, clothes, medical expenses and educational needs.

In the future we also hope to be able to fund some sustainable development in the tribunal communities of the villages in that area.

With your help we will succeed

New News

The Awake Mercy Home, Dindigul



This picture was taken last December. Since then there have been a few changes and several educational successes. John Peter has passed his 10th standard examination with a score of 87% and has been accepted into a Plus One course (like our Lower Sixth). Of the other 6 students at this level, all but one passed with good marks.

Ranjith has no parents but his uncle is now supporting his studies at a polytechnic and is caring for him. Jeya Kumar and Udhaya Kumar have no fathers but their mothers now want them at home. Rajasekar's father and aunt will be looking after him and his studies. These three have now left the home.

Three new children have been admitted:

  1. NallaThambi(6) - his mother committed suicide,
  2. Bhuvana(10) - her father is dead, and
  3. Velakanni(14) - his father is a drunkard and has abandoned his family.

Vairamani is a lovely girl who has been part of the Awake Family ever since it was founded in 2001 by Krishnamoorthi and Elsie, his wife. Her father is disabled and cannot work. Her mother is an agricultural labourer and earns about 50p a day. Vairamani had polio as a young girl and cannot walk unaided. She was offered a place at a special fee-paying school but her parents couldn't afford to send her there. She would love to be able to join in with all the activities of this vibrant home but often is found alone because moving around is so difficult. She is 20 years old and is only educated to tenth standard because she has missed so many years of school.

She has been having severe back pain for some time and was due to have surgery but the doctor has recently advised exercises to make her stronger and prescribed pain killers. She is to have a special chair and callipers. Such cases as this need extra money for medical expenses and facilities.

Older News

Steve and Sally Pegg's Amazing Bikeride to Paris

Last Autumn Steve and Sally with two of their masochistic friends cycled from Buck Palace to the An de Triomphe. They are pictured at their destination where the cycle lane suddenly ran out.

They raised over 400 for HAPsI which has been spent in giving the children special clothes and food at festival time.

Andy Johnston's Mountain Bike Marathon

Despite the terrible weather that West Yorkshire is famous for, Andy completed his annual torture over windy hill and down deeply muddy dale to raise 500 for the Awake Mercy children. Andy is a regular loyal supporter of HAPsI, and we are immensely grateful.