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.
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
GOD’S CHILDREN AND HOUSE OF GOD
Blossom Trust maintains the recommended daily allowance of essential vitamins and minerals for the children. This is vital for them to improve their immune system. The specific levels of nutrients needed for each child depends on the age and sex of the child. A doctor and dietician is consulted about the appropriate food and amount needed to feed the children to provide a nourishing balanced diet.
Blossom celebrated the Christmas festival on 25-12-2013 with the help of volunteers. Some of our children dressed up and acted as Santa Clause, giving cake and gifts to the other children.
Blossom celebrated Pongal festival on 14-01-2014 in the Dayspring Home with the children, the children said that they enjoyed this very much.
Not only are we giving good food to the children but also maintaining good education and good physical fitness. Our children are being educated by volunteers and our staff members who are helping them to increase their knowledge and encouraging positive behaviors.
Most of our staff members donate money which is used to buy note-books, pencils, pens, food products etc. Finally we are trying to reintegrate the children back into their families with a good reputation.
By influencing these children to access good resources such as education and nutrition, we hope to raise individuals whose futures hold good prospects and choice.
Everything is going its way and progressing well at Blossom Dayspring Home.
New vegetable seeds have recently been planted in the farming area. In a few months’ time, the children’s diet should be enriched with pumpkin, beetroot and papaya.
We also bought new hens and chickens and repaired the hen-house to provide eggs for the home on a daily basis and to sell some young chickens at the market.
The biogas system has been filled with more than 1 m³ of cow dung that we bought from the neighbouring farms. The system is now functioning well with fresh cow dung added every day, providing enough gas to cook for the children every morning and every evening.
We also bought cement and started building a square stone wall to enclose the garbage area and educate the children in terms of waste management.
A new supply of hygiene items (toothbrushes, soap) also needed to be bought lately, and two bedrooms are currently being repainted.
In addition to the Dayspring Home activities, Blossom also buys eggs and milk other children of the local community.
Your support is very useful and well spent by our staff!
Warm greetings from Dayspring Home!
A lot of action happen in Dayspring Home in the last 3 months. We are still hosting volunteers on a regular basis so it give to the kids the opportunity to experiment a culture exchange with them and sometimes to do some activities.
In May, the kids have been to the swimming pool with the volunteers. Dayspring Home is in a country side and it is not happenning really often for them to go swimming. They really enjoyed this experience.
The most important for us is to fill the basics needs for the kids so they could grow up healthier. Dayspring Home is located on a 6 acres of land. We are growing our own vegetables and fruits. Lately the productions was not enough to give to the kids all the nutriments that they needed, so we have to buy some vegetables for the kids.
We bought new toys and games for the kids as well. Its really important for us to give leasure to the kids so they could increase their play and intellectuals skills. We bought new balls, a volley ball net,...
The kids are wearing a uniform at school but they need cloths for their free time at home. So, we bought some new cloths for them.
Some kids didnt have all their materiel for school. So we bought school books and now all the kids have books for school.
In the future, we would like to change the matress of the kids and to update our medicine bags.
Thank you very much to support Dayspring Home.
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