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Trip Start May 12, 2005
Trip End May 14, 2006

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Monday, December 5, 2005

During our three months of travel in India we were confronted daily with the poverty and hardship of many peoples' lives. We decided to donate some money to an orphanage when we arrived in Delhi and sent out an email to family and friends, offering them the opportunity to make a contribution also. The response we got was amazing, in short we suddenly had a substantial sum. We decided that it would be best to share this money between four worthy causes and went about researching various charities. We ended up splitting the money evenly between two organisations in Delhi, one in Pondicherry (south-eastern india) and one in Tibet.

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. We decided to check it out for ourselves and enjoyed our experience here very much. It houses 200 males (from pre-school age all the way through to adults) in a fairly central part of Delhi. Mostly, these fellas come from rural areas with no facilities for the blind. We saw lots of blind beggars, singers and musicians throughout India as they can't pursue any other trade/career. Things were done very well at this association, the boys were given an education starting at a pre-school level. Those that are academically gifted go on to further study at universitites around the country. There is also a heap of vocational training; computing, electronics and manufacturing. The Association has a big workshop which employs boys after they finish their education, the candles and products they make are very important in fundraising.

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

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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. The shelter has been running for five years. The girls go to a nearby state school and recieve tutition in the shelter most days as well. We were treated to a couple of little songs after all the ladies introduced themselves; very sweet. Unlike many of the male school children we spoke to, English and not Maths was the favorite subject of many of the girls. We had a little chat about Bollywood film stars and funnily enough only male stars were mentioned?! The older girls obviously looked out for their younger "sisters" and once again there was a very supportive and healthy atmosphere generated by everyone. Concern India had already allocated funds for the upcoming quater, so the money that we all raised is going into the next installement (April '06). Concern India supports a wide range of projects for the underpriveleged in the fields of education, health, environment and community development. A big part of thier fundraising comes from the sale of cards for special occaisions. For more information 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.
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djsmithwick on

well done
Mark & Clare-great work being achieved. We are pleased to be part of the team making a contribution.
David & Jackie S

Rev.Isacc dhas on

Dear brothers and sisters.Shiloh have adopted twenty five orphan kids and giving free food and shelter and education ect.This organation is running by donation from the touristers.We dont have any regular supporters so we are in much suffering condition.We are going to start blind and dumb and deaf children center.We are praying to god for the donors for this project.Please pray for us and help us with little donation please.Our eyes are looking up your mercy big heart support.We will be very very thanksfull for you allways.May god bless you all
yours loving brother in the service of helpless kids in india

Rev.isacc dhas on

Name: Isacc dhas
Dear loving brother and sister inchrist.Greetings to you all in jesus name.Thanks lot for your prayer and support our gospel ministry in india.I wish to joint with your ministry as a partner.Please pray for us.We need your prayer and support in our gospel ministry here in india.Please pray for our orphanage home we have adopted 25 parentless kids and giving food and shelter and education ect.We dont have any support right now.Our ministry is faith ministry.If any one intrested to help and visit our orphanage please give our email address please.I will send you my gospel minsitry photos and orphanage photy.Pleasepray for my gospel ministry please.We are all praying for your family and ministry.God bless you .Please take care.I am looking up your kind reply with much prayer
yours brother in his service
Rev.Isacc dhas

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