KISES Newsletter, September 2018
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This image of a young girl running barefoot across mountains of poisonous waste on the Vijayawada Dump in Andhra Pradesh has been featured in an exhibition of photographs focusing on poverty, child labour and education in India. The exhibition, entitled Changing Lives in India, was held at All Saints Church, Penarth, throughout July and August and was designed to raise awareness of the plight of young people living and working in the dump yards and slums of Vijayawada. The pictures, from the collection of KISES UK volunteer Jem King, were on display throughout the church and included images from city slums, as well as many taken on the dump where KISES has run its Humanisation Programme for three years. Jem also held a well-attended talk about his volunteer work and has been delighted with the response by local people. "There has been lots of positive feedback and donations in excess of £500, most of which will go towards the continuation and expansion of our KISES Mobile School," said Jem. "Working in these areas brings a unique set of challenges, from severe poverty and malnutrition to child labour and even human trafficking. But the expansion of the mobile school, health clinic and feeding programme gives me hope of changing hundreds of lives for the better." To donate online please go to

Help our small band of volunteers give these children back their childhood

IN our last KISES newsletter we reported on a positive beginning to 2018 following the launch of our mobile school, feeding programme and health camps for families living on the Vijayawada Dump.
But to maintain the momentum of this humanisation programme, which has also been expanded into the slum colonies of Vijayawada city during the summer, KISES is urgently in need of an injection of funds.
To allow us to reach out to hundreds of children from families who survive only by rag-picking we need a partner, or partners to support our voluntary work.
As mentioned elsewhere in this newsletter and graphically illustrated on our website, KISES began life as an NGO almost 20 years ago when leading the rehabilitation programme for thousands of people whose lives were devastated by a killer tsunami.
The monsoon floods in Kerala in recent weeks have served as a reminder of that time when KISES led the emergency response after lives were lost, children orphaned and homes destroyed by natural disaster.
Our charity's founder Mr Shoury Babu Rebba and his life partner Mrs Rajani Suram worked tirelessly at the forefront of relief operations to rebuild lives and livelihoods, reconstruct homes, repair and replace fishing boats and nets, distribute livestock and construct toilets.
We are aware that the public often respond generously to such natural calamities, but the shocking poverty witnessed in and around Vijayawada city is an ongoing crisis which never makes the headlines in our newspapers or on our television screens.
Elderly people are daily dying of starvation on the streets, stripped of their dignity and humanity, ignored and forsaken by the politicians and policy-makers; families are falling prey to evil people traffickers and even slavery; destitute children are pressed into manual labour from an early age, cruelly denied healthcare, education and their childhood.
Overlooked, or simply shunned by wider society, the poorest people from sprawling Dalit and tribal communities do not have a voice. KISES is willing to stand up for them and champion their cause.
Education is the key component of this and other KISES projects aimed at empowering women, increasing literacy, providing healthcare and nutrition and training the poorest sections of society to help themselves and stand on their own two feet. Vocational training, mobile classrooms, health camps, food programmes - they all cost money, so we are appealing for sponsors, donors and fundraisers.
We invite companies, foundations, college and university groups or individuals with a strong sense of social responsibility to stand up and be counted by helping us to fund our mission in Vijayawada and beyond.
We also invite schools to get involved by holding fundraising events for the benefit of children less well-off on the other side of the world.
Please contact KISES UK fundraising manager Meriel Woodward at, communications officer Jem King at, or Mrs Rajani Suram in India via the KISES India website to get involved. 
Individual donations, however small, can also make a big impact in the slums and we are always grateful to receive them. You can even 'adopt a family' on the dump or in the slums for £10 a month, or £120 a year; this will allow us to continue our humanisation efforts by providing food, clothing, healthcare and a basic education to hundreds of neglected and impoverished children. To adopt a family online, please go to

KISES children Srinu & Vaishnavi begin life at Paradise Village
"The choking fumes from burning rubbish fill the lungs of tiny children 24 hours a day in the most inhospitable working environment anywhere in India.
As if malnutrition, stunted growth, life-threatening disease and total absence of medical care were not enough, families scratching a meagre existence on the Vijayawada dump simply have no escape from the poisonous smoke which constantly hangs in the air.
Children and adults alike nevertheless go about their daily business of foraging though every fresh lorry-load of waste for plastic and scraps of metal to sell for recycling, oblivious to the damage they are doing to themselves.
Shortened life expectancy is an occupational hazard for the rag-pickers of Vijayawada dump..."
Read Jem King's full article on the dump dwellers of Vijayawada.

CHILDREN OF THE DUMP: This heartbreaking video shows children and young adults working as 'pickers' on the Vijayawada Dump, collecting plastic, rags and scraps of metal from truck-loads of waste as it is delivered. They risk injury and illness working in the mountains of poisonous rubbish as they fill their sacks to sell for recycling for a mere handful of rupees. KISES India and KISES UK are combining to provide a better future for these young people through a Dump Humanisation Programme. The ultimate aim is not only to stop children, some as young as 4, from working on the dump, but to get them into education, or at the very least a vocational training programme. See more videos on our YouTube channel.

Any companies, foundations, university groups or individuals wishing to donate to KISES and support our programmes for the most downtrodden members of Indian society should contact KISES UK fundraising manager Meriel Woodward at or Mrs Rajani Suram via the KISES India website. To 'adopt a family' on the dump or in the slums of Vijayawada for £10 a month, or £120 a year, please go to

Education is a vital component of our KISES Humanisation Programme on the city dump and in the slums of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. School is simply not an option for the destitute children living in these neglected and overlooked areas. UK volunteer Jem King used his connections with another charity, Health and Education for All (HEAL), to obtain places at HEAL Paradise Village, where two young dump-dwellers now receive free food, healthcare, shelter and a full-time residential education. "Our KISES Mobile School is giving children their first taste of education and hopefully providing the grounding for many years in the classroom," says Jem. "There remain obstacles to gaining admission into good schools for these kids, but we are working hard to offer them a brighter future. The young brother and sister who went from child labour on the dump to full-time school in Paradise are thriving in their new home and offer hope that many others could follow their path."
KISES children at Vijayawada Dump
Children at Vijayawada Dump KISES Care Centre
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KISES is a registered charity in the UK (No.1166189) & in India (Registered Voluntary Social Service No.10177/99, Foreign Contributions Regulation No. 010250116).

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