Activities of the Charity
Ranebennur Trust is registered with the UK Charity Commission. The focus of our activities is defined as:
“Grant making trust to specific organisations and students in Ranebennur Tuluk, Southern India”
Report of the Chair of Ranebennur Trust
“Thank you again for supporting our work in the rural communities of Ranebennur. This past year has seen expansion of courses for young women and further support for students wishing to continue their education. It is particularly gratifying to hear of the increase in self-esteem and confidence of students as a result of the work they do for themselves, their families and their community.
During the past year the Trust has held greater reserves than previously; this is mainly the result of the Gareth Heard Memorial Fund. As the building has now started significant funds have already been transferred to Ranebennur and we anticipate that most funds will be forwarded by the summer of 2015 in order to complete the project.
Some of you may be concerned at our announcement in this report of the Trustees’ decision to close the charity in 2017. We believe that our tenth anniversary is the right time to move on and ask those in Ranebennur to take up the full challenge for their community.
I do hope you will continue to support us during our final two years and the Trustees will continue to honour our commitment to ensure 100% of your donation will reach the children, young people and families in need in Ranebennur.”
Dr Mangala Mundasad
Financial Report for year ending March 2014:
Reserves brought forward – £5,127
Income for the year – £6,430
Total expenditure – £3,404
Reserves carried forward – £8,154
** All administrative and other expenditure are donated back to the Trust thus insuring 100% of funds continue to be used directly on our projects in Ranebennur
Gift Aid – a big thank you to all who sign the gift aid form when making a donation. This means we get an additional £2.50 for every £10 donated. As a result we received a tax refund of £1,363 in 2013-14.
Presentation of Certificates for the Tailoring Course
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Success! – the ‘3 peak’s challenge’ by Gareth’s family
The Way Forward
This year has seen the Shri Honnammadevi College open further courses for young women. As well as the ever popular tailoring courses the College now runs both embroidery and beautician courses. These courses not only provide the opportunity for women to raise further income for their families but also to build and enhance their self-esteem.
More students than ever now have the opportunity to go on to further education as a result of the increase in the funds we have committed for college fees and travel.
The number of Anganawadis continues to grow and this year, rather than commit a set sum for a new nursery, we have asked Hema and those in Ranebennur, to ensure the money available is used in the areas of greatest need. This might mean educational murals for one Anganawadi, or uniforms or equipment for another. We will let you know how our funds are distributed to the ever growing number of Anganawadis.
Gareth Heard Memorial Fund
During the past year, in addition to our regular fund raising for projects, the family, friends and colleagues of Gareth Heard have continued to raise funds in his memory to build a rural Community Centre in Honnatti for use by all villagers. The target of £10,000 has been now been raised – a really superb achievement.
Further funds to fit-out and equip the Centre have also been raised; former colleagues at Lloyds bank have held quiz nights; Lilian and her friends have held coffee mornings in Caerleon and Gareth’s father and sisters completed a tremendous ‘3 peaks challenge’ in the summer. As a result of all the efforts the decision to build the Centre has been taken and the foundations are now being laid. The building should be in use by next summer.
The Blessing of the Site for the Gareth Heard Community Centre
Fund Raising 2014
This year has seen so much effort by so many of our fund raisers. The superlative efforts of those supporting the Gareth Heard Memorial Fund and the building of the Community Centre in Honnatti are reported earlier in this report. Those supporting the courses and projects have also been working so hard and particular mention must be given to Belinda Fenty, one of Smitha’s closest friends, who has heard so much about the charity and Ranebennur. As a result, last September Belinda ran the Richmond Half Marathon for the Trust and raised over £500. A brilliant effort and she somehow squeezed all this into her busy doctor and actress schedules! The money will definitely make a significant difference to some of our projects.
Belinda at the finish of her successful half marathon
Our regular supporters are the back bone of our work. Without the monthly donations from this loyal group of fund raisers we would never have made such a difference to local communities and individuals in Ranebennur. Well over 25% of our funds come from this regular source and all gift aided too. It makes such a difference to the total funds raised.
Trustees decide to close the Trust in 2017.
During the past eight years the Trust has successfully initiated and sponsored a wide range of projects in the rural communities of Ranebennur Tuluk. It has supported individual students, vocational training, and villagers of all ages and needs.
The Trust has always believed that in the longer term people in Ranebennur would progress to enhance and support their own community facilities. To that end we have provided ‘start-up’ capital with a view to all projects becoming self-supporting. By early 2017 we believe that all the projects should be in a viable position to continue to serve their local communities.
The Trustees believe that our fundraising efforts in the UK can and should continue until 2017. This period of transition will enable local community leaders in Ranebennur to take over and continue to support where needs prevail. We hope our supporters will continue to donate to the Trust during these next two years during which time we also hope to build up a reserve fund to cushion the transition.
We will keep you informed of progress and a farewell 10th anniversary event in the spring of 2017 has been suggested. This to thank our supporters and to celebrate the huge achievement over 10 years.
Courses and an Anganawadi sharing a meal together
Presentation of Certificates for the Tailoring Course