Trip Start May 12, 2005
79Trip End May 14, 2006
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Blind Relief Association; Delhi
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On our search for places to donate to, a few people mentioned that this organisation did fantastic work
In south-east asia blind massage is very well established. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of a training session for this very skill. This Association is the first place in India to undertake certified training in blind massage. This sort of forward thinking is evident in many facets of the organisation. Job placements and on the job training are also a big focus. There is a recording studio where books and material are put onto cassette and supplied to those within the organisation and distribted around the country.
Government funding is present for staff salaries only, the rest of the time the organisation relies of donations and its own fundraising schemes.
It was amazing to see how these guys dealt with their disability in just day to day things. Getting around the campus involved a few bumps and lots of teamwork; the younger students work in buddy pairs. There was a very supportive and caring atmosphere generated by everyone in the organisation. Check out the website for more information; Blind Relief Website. Check out the photo album for a couple of snaps from our visit.
Asha Kirin Shelter; Delhi
Click here to jump to the Concern India Foundation Website
For those worried about the gender balance, this shelter provided support for 18 wonderful girls; aged 6-18. Located in the northern suburbs of Delhi, the shelter is supported by the Concern India Foundation (website link above) and Rangena took some time out from the office to accompany us on a visit to the shelter click here to jump to the Concern India Foundation Website. Check out the photo album for a couple of snaps from our visit.
Tendol Gyalzur Project; Lhasa and Zhongdian
Click here to jump to the Tendor Gyalzur homepage, click on the bottom link, this is the English version
Earlier in our trip we spent two months in China and almost a month in Tibet. We spent time in Zhongdian and Litang (in the Kham district of China, prior to 1946 this area was within Tibet's borders) and Lhasa. However, we didn't visit the projects set up here by Tendor Gylazur. Our ongoing travel buddy from Sweden, Rickard, did visit the orphanage in Lhasa and this made a strong impression on him. Below is an extract taken from a correspondence with the foundations' vice president, Monika Koeck;
On this website under annual reports you can find the latest report with
actual news. The 2005 report should be ready within next month. Our foundation includes the orphanage in Toelung near Lhasa, the orphanage in Gyalthang (Zhongdian) in Kham; besides that we support 63 school children in a nomades school in Lithang in Kham as well as 10 high school children in Dartsedo in Kham too. Tendol Gyalzur is staying in Tibet every year up to 9 months, mostly from march through october; the remainder of the year she lives in Switzerland.
Wish we had some photos to put up from Rickard's visit but sadly the CD they were on was damaged. However the website has some great shots and plenty of information, Tendor Gyalzur's story is an amazing one, find it on the website. Click here to check it out, (the bottom link is the english version).
Uluru Children's Home; Pondicherry
Click here to find out about the Uluru Children's Home and the East West Overseas Aid Organisation
Strangely enough contacts in Melbourne put us onto this organisation. Dr Natteri V Chandran, a doctor from Melbourne, is the founder of this organisation. At the time of our donation, the Uluru Childrens Home housed 30 girls and the construction of a new domitory to house an additional 50 destitute girls was under way. The East West Overseas Aid Organisation also runs a health care center which provides for over 5,000 villagers. This facility played an important role post-tsunami. The foundation has an office in Melbourne and you can find contact details for this by clicking on this link to the website.