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 kisesindia.com 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 email@example.com, communications officer Jem King at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 www.kisesuk.com/sponsor.