An update for 2014:
Some of the projects we are supporting this year are:
Education fees for students
This has always been one of the backbones of the charity – to enable more young people from the area to attend higher education in a wide range of courses. Many of these students would otherwise not be able to gain higher qualifications, vocational skills or degrees.
We are delighted to hear that one of the students who has benefitted from this scheme has been appointed a teacher at a local nursery. Other students who have taken part are now also contributing some of their salaries to fund future students requiring support.
We hope to be able to support an extra 7 students per year through this scheme.
A commerce course
A tailoring course – we have been able to support this course for three years now, with 68 women successfully completing it. The course is valuable to young women, widows and families whose main vocation is farming, allowing them a way of making much-needed income in non-harvest seasons.
We have recently been able to provide financial support for
Embroidery courses – see the pictures of the first course on the website
We have several on-going projects (2012-2013)
The trust has met the college fees for more than 17 students, enabling them to attend university and pre-university courses.
Education centre for women – Bhannashankari
We currently supporting an education centre for girls and young women who are unable to read and write. The college provides both a pre-school and baby-sitting service to assist students to attend.
We have set up a tailoring course in the district to enable people to further their skills. Most clothes in rural South India are made by hand, so these skills are much in demand!
Funds have been previously donated by trustees to purchase much needed books for the Arts and Commerce College Library. This year the Trust has continued to support the library by donating £250 to purchase tables and chairs.
Shri Honnammadevi Mahila Mandala Nursery
A donation from the Trust now ensures that all children attending the nursery have shoes and uniforms.
Hot midday meals at local nurseries (anganawadis)
Funds have been raised for mobile gas cookers to be provided at seven nurseries in the district. Children are now enjoying hot and spicy midday meals!
Training and rehabilitation for people with disabilities
We have contributed money to Chtianya, a local organistaion that helps childen and adults with physical and learning difficulties. In particular with have given funds towards chairs for the organisation.
We have also contributed funds to Shri Renuka Yellamma, a residential school for children with hearing difficulties, and to Seva Trust, a school for children with visual impairments.