KISES Newsletter, December 2016
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Child on the Vijayawada Dump. Support KISES' humanisation programme
This haunting image of a young girl running across a smoking mountain of waste, breathing in poisonous fumes, as rubbish burns under her feet was taken only days ago at the Vijayawada dump. Below, damage caused to the KISES school and care centre, along with makeshift homes destroyed by a recent cyclone
Cyclone damage to KISES Care Centre & school
Dump families' makeshift homes were destroyed

KISES seeking emergency funding for dump families after double setback

HELLO and welcome to our second KISES newsletter, designed to keep our supporters, sponsors and donors in touch with the work being done to support some of the most underprivileged and disadvantaged people in southern India.

The past six months have proved especially challenging for the KISES team as the struggling families they support through the Vijayawada Dump Humanisation Programme have been beset by misfortune.

Already facing a daily battle for survival, these overlooked people have had what little livelihood they can muster severely disrupted, first by an unexpected decision from local authorities to relocate the dump site for several months, and then by severe weather which destroyed their makeshift homes and damaged school and sanitation facilities provided by KISES.

"It has been one setback after another in recent months and, as always, it is the most downtrodden members of society who seem to suffer the most," said KISES UK volunteer Jem King. "No sooner had we thought things were looking up with the establishment of our school and care centre, a new toilet block and the installation of a water pump, than we saw all that hard work undone.

"Our families, including many vulnerable children, were scattered when the dump was suddenly relocated out of the blue. They had to go desperately seeking work elsewhere and one of our largest families found themselves earning a pittance as rat-catchers for a local farmer.

"All the good work of previous months, with the children attending classes daily and receiving nutritious meals at the centre, was undone. For reasons best known to local government officials, the dumping operation later returned.
But when the families started to reappear, they found that the makeshift homes they had built had been destroyed by a cyclone that ripped through the area at the end of the rainy season.

"Not only that, but the roof had blown off the new sanitation block, the water pump was damaged and, worst of all, the school building was another victim of the cyclone, while monkeys living on the dump had found their way in and caused further damage."

As this newsletter goes to press, KISES UK are arranging for emergency funding to make sure that mouths are fed for the coming weeks. In India, reassurances are being sought from the local authorities that the dump site will not be moved at such short notice again before work begins on repairing the damaged structures. 

It hasn't all been doom and gloom, however. Thanks to co-operation from another Andhra Pradesh-based charity, Health and Education for All (HEAL), KISES was pleased to arrange full-time residential education for a young brother and sister who had been living on the dump.

As mentioned in the story below, Srinu and Vaishnavi were welcomed into HEAL Paradise Village shortly after the start of the new school year and both are said to be settling in well. The hope is to continue to work closely with HEAL so that Dalit and Tribal children facing a bleak future living in dumps and slums can be delivered by KISES into life-changing education.

Once again, we would like to thank and pay tribute to those of you who have 'adopted' families who live and work on the Vijayawada Dump in the most appalling conditions imaginable, and our donors in the UK, including generous companies like Conservatory Outlet. We rely entirely on sponsorship and donations for support.

Transport is a major issue for the small KISES team on the ground in Vijayawada, with the remoteness of the dump yard and occasionally impassable roads making access very difficult and we are once again appealing for a kind-hearted company to come forward with a donation towards an urgently-needed four-wheel-drive vehicle.

You can also help by sharing this newsletter with friends, family, companies and organisations who may be interested in donating, fundraising, volunteering, or perhaps adopting KISES as their charity for 2017.

To follow KISES, please click and 'Like' or 'Follow' us via the social media links below, and to make a donation click on the 'Adopt a Family' or 'Donate' buttons. We now also have more than 1,200 followers on Instagram where we post regular picture updates.

Families find themselves without homes
Children return to life on the Vijayawada Dump
Scavenging for items to recycle and sell
KISES founder Shoury Babu Rebba meets with dump families
KISES children Srinu & Vaishnavi begin life at Paradise Village

SUCCESS STORY: One bright note since our June newsletter has seen the admission of two children from the Vijayawada Dump programme into full-time residential education at HEAL Paradise Village in nearby Thotapalli. Brother and sister Srinu and Vaishnavi were encouraged to join Paradise school by their mother who is keen for her children to escape from the poverty trap experienced by the dump-dwelling families.
HEAL (Health and Education for All) was founded 25 years ago by UK-based GP Dr Satya Prasad Koneru, whose mission is to lift 10,000 severely disadvantaged children out of poverty via education by 2020.

KISES are keen to work closely with HEAL and hope to see other children from the dump programme follow Srinu and Vaishnavi into full-time school.
HEAL Paradise CEO Mr K. AjayKumar has been very supportive, and reports: "Srinu and his sister are doing good. They settled well in a short span of time. It gives me immense happiness whenever I see them."
CHILDREN OF THE DUMP: This heartbreaking video clip 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 5, 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.

GET INVOLVED: Any companies or individuals wishing to donate to KISES and support our programmes for the most downtrodden members of Indian society should contact fundraising manager Meriel Woodward of KISES UK at To adopt a family on the dump for £10 a month, or £120 a year, please go to

Rafi's Indian Dream, distributed to KISES children

RAFI'S INDIAN DREAM: KISES were delighted to be approached by Generation 2050 in the UK to be part of a scheme to raise awareness of charity programmes supporting education and animal welfare in India. KISES was one of four charities to receive a bulk deliveryof the 'Rafi's Indian Dream' children's book for distribution among schools and animal rights organisations. 
The majority of KISES' work is centered upon the most disadvantaged and overlooked members of Indian society, but founder Shoury Babu Rebba also has plans in the pipeline for a rescue programme for stray dogs in and around Vijayawada city. 
If you would like to get involved, either as a volunteer of donor for this scheme, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' section of the KISES India website.
VIDEO: Watch the story behind Rafi's Indian Dream.
KISES children at Vijayawada Dump
Children at Vijayawada Dump KISES Care Centre
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