Thank you for supporting KISES
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.
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