The New Buidling
for HIV infected Orphans in Vizianagaram
The extension the main house of the Rainbow
Boy's Home to make a completely self contained unit for
20 to 40 orphan HIV+ children is progressing. The extension
comprises a second storey on the house and a room on "stilts".
The upper floor brickwork has started. Victor managed to
buy the cement and the steel in bulk and thereby beat the
latest price rises.
We need about £10,000 to
complete the project and will be grateful for any support.
Coffee mornings, the London 10K run , garden parties and
jumble sales will all help us build this home.
Back in England
one of the last flights into UK airspace.
Two friends from her leprosy physio-technician
days, in North India, want to give some land to Brighter
Future to build homes for HIV infected orphans in Bihar
and UP. Again this would be an innovation in states that
have no facilities for these children. Bihar has the same
population as Andhra Pradesh but there are very few testing
centres and unreliable official statistics are so minimal
and that they almost amount to a denial that the disease
exists. In UP there are testing and antiretroviral drug
centres but no place where for children who have no one
to look after them can be given a loving and secure home.
If Manya wins the Clarins’ competition Brighter Future
International Trust will open homes near Allahabad and near
Varanasi. She doesn’t expect to win but we will devote
some of our future fundraising to starting homes on these
Danny is organizing the Brighter Future
contingent for the next London 10K run.
The London event will be on a Sunday in mid July again.
Danny is hoping that we can raise a team of 12 this year.
He is thinking of running himself!
He is also looking into the possibility
of places in the Great North Run
Do contact him if you would like
to run for Brighter Future
on 07731 191858 or 01233
When Manya went to the Chantry Hotel to
see Sarah she was amazed to see the displays of marmalade,
mice and earrings and phone 'socks' in the dining room.
Sarah says most guests buy a jar of the various marmalades
and take one of Caroline’s hand knitted ‘Chantry
mice’ to go with it so they is a ongoing source of
fundraising. Deborah takes a basket of marmalade around
with her on visits to her beauty clients and sells a lot.
The proceeds will go towards our
new HIV home in Vizianagaram.
The next coffee morning, on May 31st, will
be the last as Sarah will be extra busy over the summer
weekends with weddings and holiday bookings. I am look forward
to meeting old and new Brighter Future supporters.
If you are anywhere near Bury St Edmunds
on May 31st, or indeed, at any time, do call in to say hello
to Sarah, Mike and me at the Chantry Hotel,Sparhawk Street
- just five minutes walk from the Cathedral.
have taken their Government-recognised and supervised exams
in Tailoring at the Lily Nath Training centre
This was the fourth batch of students
that we have trained, making a total of 389 since the inception
of the centre. More than 70 students are enrolled on the
next course, thanks to the Dewan Foundation providing a
bus so that we can transport poor women from villages that
surround Vizianagaram to to learn tailoring in the Lily
The Dewan Foundation/Brighter Future Goat Programme
Mr Dewan has provided us with a small
open van-like vehicle that has a cage in the back for transporting
the bucks to the fifty villages that were selected for the
goat breeding programme. One hundred and fifty villagers
were given five female goats to rear, milk and sell as long
as they return two female kids to Brighter Future within
2 years. We are loaning the very expensive (and insured)
best breed of bucks to each village for a week to impregnate
the females. They will have to work fast and in temperatures
of 105 to 112 degrees Farenheit!
Home Senior Girls
Vizianagaram Schools have broken up for
the summer holidays so that children in the Rainbow Home
at DMC house, and in the Boys' Home for Senior Boys, who
come from various leprosy colonies have gone back to their
homes for a month. Orphan children stay at DMC House and
the Boys' Home. The older girls are going to the Lily Nath
Training Centre to learn how to use an electric sewing machine
and basic dressmaking. The boys can do computer studies
and all have special treats like going to the cinema, to
the farm and to visit friends at Prem Nivas.
know of anyone who would like to sponsor one of our children?
We urgently need sponsors for children
in three of our homes.We have taken 10 new children from
leprosy colonies into DMC House. These children would be
otherwise be begging on the streets of large towns, sleeping
rough and not going to school.
There are 5 HIV infected orphans at Karuna Nivas without
sponsors and at Prem Nivas we have been referred 5 new children
so that we now have 7 children there without sponsors.
Standing order and gift tax declaration forms are available
from Danny, me or here.
It costs between £18 and £23 a month to sponsor