We had unexpected heavy rains twice, experiencing cold and cold winds after 48 years of Andhra Pradesh State weather report!
I was busy as usual in my job. Last month children celebrated Diwali festival by lighting candles, fire crackers etc., with lot of fun and joy. All the children studying well and getting very good marks in school. Both the tutors are regularly coming to Little Hearts to teach all the subjects and helping children's home work. At present one Manager and two sub staff working at little hearts.
Last month, local people donated pillows and blankets to all the children of little hearts. Last month we have paid Rs.3,500 electricity bill for 3years! Electricity Board shown mercy and charged us minimum for all the 3 years, a new electricity consumption meter was also fixed by the electricity department. For Kiran we have paid Rs.3000/- as college fee. Recently we bought a new iron cupboard to keep records, children things for Rs.3,850/-. For Christmas and New Year clothing, the Right Now Foundation, U.K. donated money. Rs.800/- to each child to buy two pairs of new clothing for Christmas and New Year. November was an expensive month! Total expenditure was Rs.49,000/-. Due to heavy cold and cold winds few children fallen sick and now they are doing well. For weekends we take all the children to Children's Park, Sea and Police Parade grounds to play.
Orwald who is HIV+ is also doing very well and recently we have received his medical records from Mumbai. Yesterday, I sent a letter to the local Government ART center for transfer and treatment. Today he went to the ART for doctor checkup. He is on ART. Special nutritious food like milk, egg, green leaves providing to him.
Please give our love to all friends for their love and kindness.
By browsing web pages of Global Giving, Ms. Avni and Krunal from Mumbai which is 1200kms. away from Nellore (Little HEARTS orphanage), found our work and contacted me to send an 18 years old HIV infected boy whose both parents died of AIDS. Finally, safely he reached to Nellore and he is on ARV Therapy. In an Auto Rickshaw accident in Mumbai his both legs are not working and he is struggling to walk. He was the best dancer in his area and also got the best Football goal keeper award! He speaks English, Hindi and Marathi.Recently he started teaching English and Hindi to Little Hearts children and songs as well. He is very happy now for all the facilities provided at Little Hearts, before reaching Nellore, he was taking shelter in an Auto Rickshaw! Few days ago a local Foundation distributed blankets and pillows to HIV infected children, on that day I have introduced him to the Electronic and Print Media. He hugged and touched my foot for being one of our family members. We are providing him extra nutrition i.e. egg, milk and fruit every day according to the UN guidelines.
All of our children at little hearts are doing very well in education, mainly girls getting first or second ranks in their classes. Recently we have taken a decision to give monthly pocket money to the elder boys and girls. Kiran is regularly attending college and paid Rs.2000/- as part of college fee and Rs.500/- for annual examination fee. Two tutors are regularly attending for evening tutoring to teach and help with their home work for all subjects. The Right Now Foundation has sanctioned 2 computers to little hearts. Very soon these computers will be installed at Little Hearts children to become computer literates!
Due to Quarterly Examinations all the children at Little Hearts are very busy with the studies.
Rural Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr. Deva Kumar and Circle Inspector of Police (CI) Mr. Jayarami Reddy visited Little Hearts to spend time with the children and also promised to help these children in near future.
With the kind support of River Fund we have been feeding all the children with nutritious food like egg, milk, fruits, chicken and fish since 2005! Those who visiting little hearts expressing their satisfaction and sharing happiness with children.
Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On June 8th & 9th he visited the Little Hearts Orphanage in Nellore, India. His “Postcard” from the visit:
The facilities at HEARTS’ orphanage seemed basic but adequate for the 42 children currently living there. As the kids grow they will need more space and they’re hoping to add a floor to address this. The children, all from the “untouchable” class, looked healthy and appeared happy. I saw the home at about half capacity as many of the children go to stay with other family members in the summer for 5-10 days (Little Hearts provides transportation money and pocket money to do so).
According to the founder CP Kumar, about 80% of the children are “full” orphans having lost both parents, and 60-70% of the children have lost parents due to AIDS. The orphanage usually doesn’t take in children who are HIV-positive because according to CP Kumar they are “too big of a risk”. They have 2 boys and 1 girl who are infected.
While the project description claims Little Hearts is working to fight the stigma against HIV/AIDS, it sounds like this is not actively being done. They have taken women to get tested, but it appeared that the organization does little beyond this and support the children.
This is a highly founder-driven organization and CP Kumar was open with their financial records. Other organizations in the area steal 90% of the money they receive according to CP Kumar and so he was eager to show me they were part of the other 10%. He even showed me bank account details on his mobile phone. Everything appeared to be in order (though I’m far from a certified accountant).
The true test of the success of an orphanage in my opinion is how well the children transition out of that environment as they get to be adults. HEARTS is too young of an organization to tell, but there is little doubt that these children are in a better situation than they would be otherwise.
First of all, we would like to wish all of our donors a Happy and Blessed New Year'10 greetings from the heart of HEARTS.
We have been running the "little HEARTS orphanage" successfuly since February 2005.
Children are growing faster at LH! 5 years ago children who were in 5th class now 10th class and after annual examinations, 2 boys will go to college studies which are expensive.
One of our boys, Ramu who is studying 9th class won the first prize and a Memento among 800 children at District level Chess Competetion who works in local salon for holidays and earns money for his younger sister who is staying at Government's Girls Hostel.
Special Collector, one of government higher officers and his Doctor wife visited LH and presented a bicycle for older boys. Steven (Manager) taking care for all children and paying more attention on studies because annual examinations begins in the months of March for 10th class and April for 1st to 9th class children. 2 Tutors regulary attending for tution every evening from 5:30PM to 7:30PM to teach all subjects.
NEWS: A few days ago 13 years old new boy joined with Little Hearts who left home 2 months ago whose mother died and father got remarried. His name is Munindhra and has been working as a child labourer.
This boy Munindhra wants to attend school and be admitted into LH. I am happily agreed and invited Munindra to join with LH. Now he is very happy and excited to join with our children.
This after noon I have received a phone call from a Medical Shop owner about a 4 years old boy who was at the Medical shop and missed from his parents. The Medical Shop owner Mr.Suresh requested us to take the 4 years old boy to Little Hearts. Soon after his call, immediately I called my brother to rescue the boy.
All the children at little hearts are doing very fine and studying well. Because of Swine Flu, our state government has announced holidays for all private and government schools. Most of the children left to their villages to celebrate "Dasara Festival" in these holidays.
At present we have been accommodating and feeding 41 children, 4 full time staff. 2 part time staff are tutors and they come regularly every evening from 5:30PM to 7:30 PM to teach all subjects. Now little hearts is packed with 41 children and 4 full time staff and we need at least one more big room on the top of first floor which costs about 3 to 4 lakh Indian Rupees.
We are spending nearly 37 to 40 thousand rupees for little hearts each month and 3 more months money left in the Bank.
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