"Hurray! We are back to school and in the next class" happily shouts the children in Poonjolai, our home. After a month's vacation, the children are back to school in the month of June. They are so happy to be with their friends in the school and home, though occassionally we can find the pinch of sadness in face as they had to come away from their near and dear ones.
We, at New Life are much pressurised this year as Sathya should write her High school final exams. She is to be coached specially as she finds it a little difficult to study Maths and English. She is spending additional hours studying besides attending the Communicative English class. The others are as playful as they are.
A donor gave a mixie as donation to the home. We are trying to rope in volunteers to come during the weekends to spend time with the children. The children are given healthy nutritious meal and since this is the beginning of the academic year, we are mobilising donations for their educational needs.
The home is functioning with the generous support from people like you and we are grateful from making this possible. Kindly spread words to your friends and relatives as we are only providing the minimum basic needs to the children due to paucity of funds. If we can mobilise more funds, we will be in a better position to provide them with extra skills coaching.
F. Beatrice Vanaja
The student volunteers from Bishop Heber college, Trichirappalli, visited our children on 15th of January to celebrate the Pongal Day – a grand gala festival of Tamil Nadu. They shared the Pongal (Sweet Rice) cooked by them with the children in our home and had fun games with them. The children had a good time with them playing carom, chess, etc. Nearly 35 students visited the home and the celebrations started at 3 p.m. Such visits and spirit of volunteerism motivates the team of New Life to work with more zeal.
In this report we would like to tell you about Sisma. Sisma studies in 8th standard. Her father died when she was very small. Her mother worked as a maid servant and brought up Sisma, her sister Jasmine and her brother. Her mother fell ill and could not go to work regularly and hence had to depend on her distant relative Rosy, who is a spinster. Rosy’s house is too small to accommodate the four of this family. Also it was difficult for Sisma’s mother to take care of all the three children. It was then, she was told about our home by a mother of another child in the home. She approached us and requested to admit both the children in the home.
The staff of New Life visited their home and found that they truly deserve. The children Sisma and Jasmine are now in the home. They have good food now and a caring shelter. They are continuing their education in the nearby school.
All this is possible only because of the noble donations by you dear donors. We take this opportunity to thank you for your continued noble support. We also take this opportunity to request you to continue supporting us. Kindly spread words about our work to your friends and relatives and help us support these children in our home.
Dear respectful Donors,
Your favourite NGO New Life, and its work on rehabiliation of Juveniles and Children of Prison inmates are documented and telecast in TIMES NOW Television Channel in its programme AMAZING INDIANS Season III.
The cover story will be telecast on 25th January at 7.30 a.m., 5.30 p.m. and on 26th, the Sunday at 2.30 p.m.and 10.30 p.m.
This is a contest and only with your support New Life can win and reach many other deserving children living in disadvantageous life situations.There is a urgent need to protect these innocent children from the discriminating world and its institutions.
Kindly vote by typing AI3 <space> b and sending it to 58888. (International callers it is 009158888). Together we win and make change in the lives of these children in this New Year.
Thank you in anticipation of your support at this important time.
Dear well wishers,
This is Sathya talking to you. " Me and my brothers were staying with my widowed mom four years back. My mom goes to construction work and earns 1-2 dollars per day. With this she had to feed the three of us and herself. Besides this we had our education expenses. My mom is so good and lovable and she wanted all the three of us to get educated and go for good jobs unlike her. In this tuck of war, it may not be possible for all of us eat three times daily. Most of the days we had only two meals a day. When my mother could not go for work, we managed with one-time meal.
All this ordeal came to an end when myself and my younger brother were admitted to the home run by New Life. A field staff visited our home and checked our eligibility for admission. Then we came to this home where we get food three times a day, given new dresses one on my birthday and another on Diwali festival (when saying this her face glows with happiness). We are also sent to the nearby school and our warden coaches us in the evening. I am happy and not starving here."
Many children like Sathya are being taken care of in our home. This is possible only with the generous support from you people. On October 6th the children were taken to National Institute of Technology, a famous educational institution in Trichirappalli. There they participated in competitive events like handwriting, drawing, dance, singing, eloquation, etc. Sathya got prize for good handwriting. Other children also got prizes.
We can support this children to grow physically and psychologically only with support from people like you. So kindly keep supporting us. Please spread words to your likeminded friends and relatives.
Thank you once again for your support
"My father Mr. Vetrivel is mentally ill and he wanders in roads. He eats food wherever he gets it. At times comes to home. My mother Mrs. Kalaiselvi was the one who was earning for feeding me and my brother. She was working as a coolie in the construction work. It was all going ok though not well till that dark day. All our sufferings worsened on that day when my mother was working in a three storyed building. She fell down from the third floor and got injured. The construction contractor admitted her in the hospital and paid for the initial expenses. The doctors found that my mother's spinal cord is injured and she could not even sit. She had to stay in bed and till now she is in bed. She needs somebody's help to undergo her daily chores.
Now the only bread winner is bed ridden and we have to depend on our grand father to feed us. My grandpa who is also a construction worker and with his hurt feet could not take care of us. It was then our neighbour aunty who is working in New Life took us to the home run by New Life. The madam there after listening to our story and asking me a few questions admitted me in the home.
Now I am having a contented life with sufficient food, good home, friends and loving care.The only thing I miss is my mother's love and my brother who does not want to come away from my mom. But the love and affection shown by the team here makes me forget that." When he narrates his story Anbarasan's eyes are filled with tears. Within a minute he smiles saying that he will study well, become a police officer, earn well and take care of his mother and treat her.
Small lovely children like Anbarasan whose parents are incapacitated and who have nobody to take care of are being supported by "Poonjolai"- the home for children run by New Life. If these children are not being admitted to the home, there is a possiblity of these children being abused, left in the streets, with their naked vulnerablity to evil elements.
Your donations are used to protect these children from abuses, feed them, provide them a good loving shelter and a decent clothing till they become 18. We have a warden who takes care of these children with affection and groom them in a disciplined way. There is a cook who assists the warden by cooking food and cleaning the home. The total monthly expenses of the home including food, clothing, doctor's fees and medicines, warden's and cook's salary, etc comes to $850.
With your noble support and trust in our cause we are sure that the children in our home will be raised as good citizens of tomorrow. Thank you for being with us in raising these children. Kindly provide us more support by spreading words to your friends and relatives.
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