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A New Year! Did the angels travel well?

A New Year! Did the angels travel well?

All the women from the workshop are very happy to wish you a very happy new year 2017 with these angels, a symbol of love and sharing.

A New Year! Did the angels travel well?

The Bloom exhibitions …. the end

The Bloom exhibitions …. the end

We go on, thanking Sylvie from St Ronan's school in Kent, Jean Luc in Dax, Marianne and Raoul in Thieux, Marie-Cécile in Dijon, all of you who support us by your actions, all of you who have faith in the way of love to share with the most deprived.

The Bloom exhibitions …. the end

Solar power has arrived at the Bloom workshop
The French foundation EDF offers us Light 

Solar power has arrived at the Bloom workshop

Thanks to Yves, a member of the association, retired from EDF Corporate Foundation we were lucky to receive a donation which helped us install about twenty solar panels on the roof of the Bloom workshop in Cochin, South of India.

Thanks to this installation, the workshop doesn’t need any other source of electricity, the solar energy provides for the sewing machines, the lights, fans and all electrical devices.

This is most useful as in Kerala, power cuts are very frequent and can go on for several hours. Power happens to be missing during the monsoon, rains are not important enough to provide energy for the dams.

For the association, it is a very important help in harmony with our will to save energy and be closer to the environment. The workshop was built in that spirit, using earth rather than concrete, and investing in natural materials.

We pay great attention to the recycling of waste, in the workshop we recycle all the little bits of material so as to make patchworks and all the bits of papers to make bags and envelops.

We will go on developing that awareness, so we'll set up all possible new projects in connection with ecological solutions.

The association is very grateful for that beautiful present, and we want, most warmly, to thank the foundation for its help and advice on that project, as well as the Indian firm Voltex for setting up the solar panels.

Thanks to Yves, a member of the association, retired from EDF Corporate Foundation we were lucky to receive a donation which helped us install about twenty solar panels on the roof of the Bloom workshop in Cochin, South of India.

Thanks to this installation, the workshop doesn’t need any other source of electricity, the solar energy provides for the sewing machines, the lights, fans and all electrical devices.

This is most useful as in Kerala, power cuts are very frequent and can go on for several hours. Power happens to be missing during the monsoon, rains are not important enough to provide energy for the dams.

For the association, it is a very important help in harmony with our will to save energy and be closer to the environment. The workshop was built in that spirit, using earth rather than concrete, and investing in natural materials.

We pay great attention to the recycling of waste, in the workshop we recycle all the little bits of material so as to make patchworks and all the bits of papers to make bags and envelops.

We will go on developing that awareness, so we'll set up all possible new projects in connection with ecological solutions.

The association is very grateful for that beautiful present, and we want, most warmly, to thank the foundation for its help and advice on that project, as well as the Indian firm Voltex for setting up the solar panels.

 

In La Rochelle, at the “Tamaris”, retirement home: 
A Very Happy Christmas

In La Rochelle, at the “Tamaris”, retirement home:  A Very Happy Christmas

“On Saturday December 17th, a visit to the Tamaris in Aytré, we are going to visit the residents of the retirement home which is a warm and nice place.

For a start, just one resident arrives, and then leaves, but a moment later, one, two, three and more arrive and sit down. In the end, we were about ten around the large table, and each one in one's own way, creating paper garlands that will be fixed in their bedrooms. The atmosphere was friendly and warm, smiles were beautiful to look at, and a real friendship was there.

For tea, with great pleasure, we shared chocolates, Christmas biscuits, and in the end, Joseph, a resident born in Marocco, recited “La cigale et la fourmi” with his lovely original accent and then we all started singing.

This is what happened on that day which will be remembered with happiness in the eyes.”

Maryvonne


“How nice it is just to sit down around the large table! How nice to receive Louis's smile as he tries to sew butterflies with Isabelle, Joseph's spreading glue and reciting “La cigale et la fourmi” in his own language. How nice to look at Raymonde's sparkling eyes as she cuts an angel with the help of Juliette, her husband explaining that the musical pages we are using were sold out of the tube station in Paris in 1923 and Lucienne following with her eyes Maryvonne's making a garland. How nice it is to look all together at our creations!

After singing “Puisse l'amour qui nous unit ici …” we part, not without wishing “see you next year.”

I go back home, the heart filled with happiness for this beautiful sharing time.”

Elisabeth

Café Paradise …. Act II – scene 5

Café Paradise …. Act II – scene 5

It's already been 4 months since Art Café did its renovations to welcome this new season, and those who will go up on stage so as to knit a very special time, far from ordinary.

Master Art Café … is a theatre scene where travellers meet, have a rest, and a good time around little checked table cloth, and under the arbor neatly looked after by Biju.

They share their experiences, new bridges are built and tensions are released.

The doors open as soon as 6,30 am … Biju waters, sweeps the floor in the cool morning air, listening to the crows which follow the sun rise.

8 am, Shelton arrives, a real character, as if from a Portuguese novel, then Mary putting on her apron ready to cook idlis, pancakes and other specialities from Kerala, with the specialist advice of Sarahma, her mother. The kitchen is shared by the family.

The first travellers arrive, with or without any luggage.

A real melting pot...

There, sometimes, real friendships begin. The actors climb on stage, play the part of their travel, leave, but most of the time come back, because this theatre is the theatre of life!

The late Bernard Master, a famous historian and Biju's father, looks after the meeting and sharing spirit of the place”

 
 

The association still is a helping hand

Manuel
Leena

The association goes on supporting people in need. This last month we particularly helped Manuel and Leena. Manuel came to us to ask for some help because he has a health problem and can't go fishing anymore. So as to be able to feed his family, he decided to buy a table to sell fish on the market. We financed his fishing table which helped him smile again.

Leena had to leave her home and needed to find a new one. She didn't have money to pay for the deposit, about 500€. The association decided to stand bail for her, and as well give her a monthly help to pay for her rent which had doubled.

These two persons are very aware of the help they get and they committed themselves to pay back, as much as they can, part of the sum they have received.

Christmas for Jude in Tranquebar

Jude raconte Noël à Tranquebar

The month of December is a special month, it’s a month when the pilgrims start their journey to their temples. In every morning and evening one could listen to the temple devotional songs to god.

The women who comes to the centre are preparing for their pilgrimage in red sarees. The air of spirituality is everywhere, even in the silence of Tranquebar meditation centre where one can immerse in the depth of the heart to feel the state of divine.

On the Christmas eve Jude had the surprise visits of youngsters who was been supported by the association for their studies. Today, Hosanna is a nurse at Apollo hospital in Madurai,  Manju, Rajesh and Ramu are working for different automobile companies in Madras. Pavithra and Dharanya have just finished their assistant nursing course and are looking for a job in a hospital, then we have Laxman who has done his electronic mechanical studies and wants to go to Madras and work with his brother Ramu. It was a huge gift to meet them and to know that they are doing their best to support their families so that they come out of their difficult situations in life. We would like to thank all the donors and the well-wishers of the association for helping these youngsters’ dreams come true.

We also want to thank the owner of our house Mrs. Mahmooda Ammal and her daughter Najeera for graciously offering us coconuts from their garden which Jude could distribute to seven families. The coconuts are an important ingredient in an Indian curry and a great Christmas gift for our villagers of Tranquebar.

With all the smiling women of the Bloom workshop.
We wish you a very Happy January

With all the smiling women of the Bloom workshop

The whole family of the association

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