KISES Newsletter, June 2016
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HELLO and welcome to our first 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.

In particular, 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 who allowed us to build a school and start educating children who would otherwise have been engaged in child labour, hardship and extreme poverty, suffering ill health and, with little doubt, a shortened life span.

The pictures below show some of the real progress being made at the dump site thanks to the KISES humanisation programme, funded entirely by our generous supporters, and boosted by the fundraising efforts of Meriel Woodward at KISES UK.

A classroom and care centre, providing daily schooling and nutritious meals, has already become a sanctuary for the children - and even some of the adults - as we strive to put an end to the nightmare of child labour and create a future filled with hope and rich potential for some of India's most downtrodden citizens.

Soaring temperatures, in the high 40 degrees C daily, have made work difficult, but progress is already being made on the toilet and sanitation block to provide these isolated people with the dignity of even the most basic facilities, including fresh, uncontaminated drinking water.

There is still much to be done, including the installation of solar lighting, plus regular health camps and medical care, but the generous financial backing of companies like Conservatory Outlet (featured in this newsletter) will ensure we keep moving forward.

KISES founder Mr Shoury Babu Rebba has been working hard to identify children who could be candidates for a residential education programme starting this summer, while plans for a KISES student hostel are also in the pipeline.

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 Shoury is appealing for a kind-hearted company to come forward with the donation of a four-wheel drive vehicle, urgently needed with the onset of the summer monsoon rainy season.   

KISES is an NGO working to help the most vulnerable and marginalised members of Indian society, including dalit and tribal communities. We rely entirely on sponsorship and donations for support.

We hope we can rely on your continued support with this, and other programmes such as a forthcoming scheme to offer daily schooling to children living in the bleak Vijayawada city slums. You can also help by sharing this newsletter with friends, family and companies who may be interested in following the example of Conservatory Outlet by making a donation.

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 also now have well over 600 followers on Instagram where we post regular picture updates.

COMPANY DONATION: Special thanks to the good folk of Conservatory Outlet - an established UK-wide network of home improvement companies specialising in the installation of double glazing windows, replacement doors, conservatories and bespoke orangeries - who came forward with a generous donation after hearing of the plight of our dump-dwelling families. Pictured at their factory are Greg Kane and business partner Mick Giscombe. "We are delighted to support the wonderful work being done in this city dump programme," says Greg. "We can see how much in need the families there are and feel humbled that we are able to help in a small way." 
Any companies or individuals wishing to donate to KISES should contact fundraising manager Meriel Woodward of KISES UK at To adopt a family on the dump please go to
DANGER ON THE DUMP: This short video clip shows children and young adults working as 'pickers' on the Vijayawada Dump, collecting plastic items from fresh truck-loads of waste as it is delivered. They risk injury getting under the digger working close by as they fill their sacks to sell for recycling for a small amount of rupees. KISES India and KISES UK are combining to provide a better future for these young people through their 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 all videos on our YouTube channel.

BOLLYWOOD NIGHT: KISES UK trustee Meriel Woodward was thrilled to report that her Bollywood Night fundraiser in Clitheroe raised twice as much money as had ben expected. Over 130 people turned out, many wearing saris and traditional Indian clothes. To read more and see photographs from the night, visit the news section of the KISES UK website and stay updated at

ADOPT A FAMILY: UK volunteer Jem King visited the Vijayawada Dump families on numerous occasions during an extended stay in India earlier this year. Desperate to help, the former journalist came up with an idea to 'adopt a family' for £10 a month, or £120 for a year, to cover ongoing costs such as food, medicine and clothing. "As a journalist, it's fair to say you tend to develop a jaded outlook on life, but the way people stepped up to help has more than restored my faith in humanity," says father-of-three Jem. "It sounds a bit mad, but I looked forward to my visits to the dump each week. The flies and the smell of rotting rubbish were unbearable, but the people were a joy, especially the children who were so full of fun and mischief. We still have a few families waiting to be adopted, so I hope people will continue to be generous and support the wonderful work being done with overlooked members of Indian society by Shoury and Rajani at KISES."
Copyright © 2016 KISES NGO, All rights reserved.
KISES is a registered charity in the UK (No.1166189) & in India (Registered Voluntary Social Service No.10177/99, Foreign Contributions Regulation No. 010250116).

Mailing address in UK:
32 Gardeners Row, Sabden, BB7 9EB. 
Mailing address in India:
Admin office #54-20/9-10A, Timmarusu Street, Srinagar Colony, Vijayawada, 520 008 AP.

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