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Mari showing off her writing talents!
Mari showing off her writing talents!

Coming into Blossom Dayspring with an educator’s perspective I was ready to insert myself into this newfound community as a teacher and spread my passion of language learning. Upon deducing it was summer break, and most of the children would be off with various family members, I was unsure of the purpose of my presence in only four, young lives.

Whenever I find myself in a new environment I dedicate a set of time to observe my new surroundings. The power of observation is such a beautiful thing and allows for reflective thought as well as the ability to engulf yourself in silence, to fully hear what is transpiring around you. Unfortunately, my time here at Blossom Dayspring is limited and my observation process only allowed for a week; today marks the end of that week. From an educational standpoint, the first thing I observed was the vastly different learning context of this experience.

The balance between curiosity and intrigue allowed for close bonds to form instantly. Me, learning how to properly eat Indian cuisine, while educating the children in language development through interactive games and new technologies. But as we exchanged cultural and linguistic differences, I began to note the rare opportunity I was granted in having such a small amount of children. What I was first concerned for soon became my biggest asset; having daily, individualized learning time with a child does not happen often in any teaching context.

The knowledge that each of these children are here over the summer because they do not have another family outlet to go to was, and still remains to be the biggest struggle in living here. However, the normalcy of this fact, and the way in which each member of Dayspring works as a family is overwhelming to me. There is still a place to sleep, delicious food to be eaten, fun to be had, and love to be shared, only one difference - a new western face. Each morning, I have my tea and breakfast with the children, while practicing English vocabulary as much as we can. Marishwari, the youngest here for the summer, has self-appointed herself as my personal hairdresser and goes the work taming my locks. Her attention to detail in everything she does gives me an idea as to how to best reach her linguistically.

Through writing practice, which she instantly loved because of her meticulous nature, we are able to practice new vocabulary in the contexts of writing, reading, pronunciation, listening and conversation. The expression on her face when I let her know she has done a good job, or that she read an entire sentence in English is unlike any other teaching experience I have ever encountered, Blossom allowed this to happen. The consistency of having a home with unconditional love and support is how children grow, not only in an academic sense, but as a whole person. I am very thankful to have been just a small piece of this family for such short period of time and for what I will take away from it and carry with me to my next teaching experience.

With love from Blossom Family,

Tessa Gonzales

Vaishali,Sharing her treats
Vaishali,Sharing her treats

A safe haven where 27 children have a place to call “home”. A place which has grown very strong in the last 10 years and is still developing to the better. The gate to Dayspring Home is well known by all the locals in the area and when entering you will be welcomed by many curious faces. When arriving they will proudly show you the facility, such as the classroom, library and kitchen. In the backyard, you will find the children’s vegetable farm, where they learn to plant and manage crops. In front of the house, next to the swings, is the big farm which is managed by the farmers. Besides nutritious vegetables and fruit you will find the well, which provides water to both the farm and Dayspring Home. And through the water purification system which was lately installed, the kids have clean drinking water at all time to stay dehydrated. In a place like India and especially the South, this is essential as we are getting closer to the hot dry season.

Pongal is a four day harvest festival celebrated particularly in Tamil Nadu in mid January, by showing gratefulness to the agriculture such as farm and cattle. The children participated decorating the garden cow and afterwards enjoyed a special meal including pongal rice, sugar cane and thakali on a banana leaf. The ground outside Dayspring Home was covered in colorful paintings (kolam) and the children wore their finest clothing. A couple of weeks before, Christmas was celebrated at Dayspring Home. Santa Claus came and the children were bouncing off the walls with excitement when they were about to received their presents. Who wouldn’t?

The children are performing outstanding in school and are hopefully looking towards a bright future. Education as you might now is quite costly and every year requires new items for the children. New school bags are essential as many of them are worn out and the older children need bigger ones. All stationeries, such as pencils, scales and rubbers are needed as well and new water bottles for every child to bring to school.

These kids appreciate every little act of kindness. To put up shelves and hooks in the bathrooms would make showering a lot easier, less wet towels on the floor and somewhere to put the shampoo bottles. Also, buying new trunks for their personal belongings and putting up hangers in their bedroom for their clothes.

Other than that, the kitchen is in need of a couple of cleaning tools to maintain sanitary and tidy. This is where breakfast, lunch, dinner and washing is made and is therefore a priority.

Dayspring Home is depending entirely on your generous donations and will with your help secure the future for these 27 lovely children. By continuously donating, this place will hopefully remain a home for many vulnerable children both now and in the future.

Thank you for your support, thank you for making a difference.

Best regards from the children, staff and volunteers at Dayspring Home.

Pongal Celebration
Pongal Celebration

The Dayspring Home is a colorful and bright place, where children, who have lost their parents, are given a second chance to grow up in a safe and happy environment.

In August and September, we welcomed four new children to the home. Sri, the youngest one, was brought to Dayspring Home in September after his father had burned his mother, who as a consequence was then no longer able to take care of his two-year-old son. The father then left and got remarried. Also his grandparents are in no position to raise Sri, because both are HIV positive and therefore very weak. When arrived at the orphanage, the little boy was very shy and crying a lot, but after a couple of weeks he lightened up and is now smiling again.

In addition to this beautiful boy, we welcomed the two siblings Narayanan and Priya and Elakiya, who was abandoned by her father after her mother had died.
Today all four children are well integrated in their new family, receive three nutritious meals a day, are able to visit the local governmental school and are given the chance to grow up surrounded by happy faces and love.

All this progress and help is only made possible by donations we receive amongst others from GlobalGiving.

I want to dedicate one paragraph to Walla in particular. When the children enter the age of adolescence, they are officially supposed to leave the home. Blossom is currently in the progress of changing this rule, but still struggling to continue supporting the children financially. Walla is an exceptionally smart and ambitious young man of the age of fourteen, who would have bright prospects of successfully graduating from college and build up a career, if given the chance of visiting university. Blossom Trust and the children of the Dayspring Home need your help so they can receive the education they deserve. Walla will most likely have the possibility to study due to the financial support of Blossom Trust, whereas the future of the younger children is still written in the stars.

Blossom Trust appeals for your support!

Happy Nandini with her new schoolbag
Happy Nandini with her new schoolbag

The children of Dayspring Home are back after the summer vacation. We have some new kids also this year, so at the moment there are 30 children living at the Dayspring Home. Most of them we have enrolled in the local school in Chithur village in order to minimize the transportation cost.

As the new academic year has begun, our staff team goes hunting for donations in cash and in the form of educational materials (notebooks, uniforms, school bags etc.) for the kids. There are many things kids need in their daily life and for attending school. Due to the support of Muslim Jamath Committee, Consumer Protection Council and some individuals, children received most of the things they need including mats, bed sheets, towels, trunk boxes, stitching charges, notes, books, stationeries and foot wears. Even the school fees, the exam fees and the tuition fees could have been paid.

But there are still some important things missing. Most of the children’s school uniforms are outworn, some are even torn. Some kids have already been lucky and received new school bags, some still have to use their old ones, which are really damaged. New water bottles are required as well.

Those children are really happy and thankful that they have a safe home and are able to go to school every day. We hope that we can keep that situation and support the children with everything they need. 

Rajarajeshwari ready for school
Rajarajeshwari ready for school

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Valla in the office
Valla in the office

It's the dormant time of the year, summer vacation. Schools are closed and the majority of kids have gone to live with their single mothers/fathers, friends, or relatives. Day Spring Home is quiet.

There are four kids at the home now, who didn't have anyone to spend their summer break with. These kids get the same treatment as they did before. 3 meals a day and the love and support of friends.

On March 7th, the kids received prizes for the annual day competition at their schools. Everyone received prizes for dancing. Most of the children who placed first came from Day Spring home, which was a very proud moment for us all. 

The farm around the house is active as usual. We have recently grown drumstick saplings, which will be planted in the soil next month. Lady fingers were plucked and sold last week, but of course a small chunk was left at the home to give to the kids. Spinach was cut and sold. Brinjal will be plucked in 25 days.

The kids miss their friends, but cherish each other in the moment. We have two loving farm dogs, Cherry and Rossy, who keep us company. The kids are kept occupied so they don't feel lonely or bored. Valla, the oldest and only boy living in the home at the moment, is a very responsible and mature 14 year old. He wakes up at 6 to help on the farm. Then he takes the bus and goes to the office to help out with small chores. In the afternoon he enjoys reading Tamil fiction books. During the evening time, he likes to watch Tamil movies with everyone. But he especially enjoys watching English action movies, which the volunteers sometimes indulge. During the annual day celebration at his school, Valla placed second in the drawing competition, second in quiz competition, third in running competition, first in coco, and first in kabadi. Coco and Kabadi are traditional indian sports. He received many prizes, include an engraved plate for drawing, a tIffin box for running, two cups for kabadi and coco, and a wallet for quiz. He takes care of all his sisters at the home, is very considerate of everyone, and is kind to all. He studies very well and has a good sense of humor. Valla is a very courageous and smart boy who plans on becoming an honest policeman.


Day Spring Home is awaiting the return of all its children in less than 3 weeks.

 

 

Warm greetings from all the children

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MERCY ANNAPOORNI

Virudhunagar District, Tamilnadu India

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