New Year started with a bunch of excellent & vibrant volunteers for the health projects. We started with the forenoon session from 10am to 3pm at Cottolengo special school with arts and physiotherapy and from 3.30 to 5.30pm at Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity on physiotherapy and feeding. A backdrop was painted for Cottolengo Annual Day to be celebrated on 20 February while Mother Teresa volunteers work hard to make a difference with bedridden kids, who haven’t seen the sun often.
Moving forward, we are looking to raise funds specifically for Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity. The goal of the project for Mother Teresa, Missionaries of Charity, is to organize a local doctor to come on site and evaluate the health and well-being of the girls there. Once the doctor has given their advice, our goal is to help in the implementation of new hygiene standards, feeding practices, and general treatment and care of the girls and facility.
300 rupees to see a private dermatologist per child
250 rupees to see a private gynecologist
100 rupees per tablet prescription needed to treat scabies
1000 rupees for a feeding specialist
Thank you for supporting this new initiative!
All the best
GVI India Director
Merry Christmas from everyone at SDPY School, Auxillium School, Cottolengo School, GVI Kerala India and the GVI Charitable Trust!
We tried to write Merry Christmas in Malayalam but unfortunately the characters were not recognised by GlobalGiving reports! We are all sending you our best Christmas wishes.
It's been the season for celebrations in Kochi!
First we started with the 10 day Onam celebrations (Harvest festival). For this, we helped the students make hand made colour flower presentations for their teachers during GVI arts and craft activities, the flowers each had a special message on congratulating their class teachers for their hard work and efforts with them. Also in the communities traditional boat race, GVI were invited as VIPs and one volunteer was invited to give a public speech about her experience of Onam as a foreigner in Kerala which was filmed and aired on Asia Net TV station.
Next it was onto Deepavali (Diwali - the festival of lights). The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
Then finally, last week ‘Times of India’ came to the SDPY school and did a story about the school, GVI and the work being done – how fantastic is that! All down to your support for these amazing children in 2013.
Now the school holidays are upon us and many of our festivals come to an end, we pass across our best holiday and celebratory wishes to all those celebrating Christmas. We hope you have a safe and peaceful holiday.
We have been busy working on lots of different projects in the area recently. GVI Kerala has had two sports volunteers who did football coachings in Sneha Bhavan and Auxilium; Construction project were undertaken over at Vypeen island for septic tank construction; teaching English is continuing at SDPY, Auxilium and Don Bosco while arts projects are in full swing at Cottolengo!
We have been conducting some wonderful workshops on personal hygiene, pollution and cleanliness at Cottolengo school which was well received by the community. This project deals with children with different afflictions; Downs syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Cerebral palsy, physically and mentally affected children were found much improved with their behavioural activities after GVI’s presence. Arts project were combined for the kids for the betterment of their brain and motor cells to make them think, count, concentrate, remember and express through various art forms. The sisters running the centre were proud to see improvements in the childrens partcipation, clapping hands, dance, laugh and taking more responsibility and control of their own lives.
Thank you for supporting this project, as you can see we are working on lots of different issues to support children in the area and none of this would be possible without your donations.
India Program Manager
It's been an exciting summer holidays so far on the project! Though school is currently closed, work for the GVI Charitable Trust is never stopped. Donations have been well spent on providing the orphans with great things to do this summer, including summer camp and sports items:Summer Camp: Both the Fishing & Camping trip was an outlet to the boys who are mostly orphans, some with a single parent, some abandoned while parents live somewhere else. All are under the control of Salestian fathers at two homes (Sneha Bhavan and Don Bosco School). During the summer vacation from regular schools, the children need some entertainment with games and sightseeing filled with fun and joy. Hence GVI played a vital part in sponsoring them the trips and staying overnight outside the homes which was much appreciated by the Saletian fathers and enjoyed by the children. The children made improvised hooks and lines for fishing, but eventually the fishing trip became a swimming trip with meagre catch of fishes. The boys were back with full energy and excitement after the trips and thanked GVI for arranging such a wonderful one for them. Old Age Home Visit: Boys of Don Bosco school requested GVI team to visit the Old Age home at Thevara, Ernakulam along with buying some basic things for the residents of the home. GVI arranged some toothpaste, brushes, hair oil, cooking oil, cleaning powder etc along with snacks and drinks and visited the home and met all the 35 grandmas and 15 grandpas. Most of them can move and talk while some are are physically handicapped. The boys did some entertainment programs like dance and songs while the grandmas and grandpas also involved in the dance and songs. It was a happy time for the boys , oldies and the GVI team. This visit not only gives a soothing effect to the residents but also to the boys and GVI team to share their love and affection to those who are in need of it.Sports items: The money donated has been spent on providing a range of sports items for 3 orphanages in Fort Kochi. The Sneha bhavan (boys home), Don Bosco boys school and Pratyasha Bhavan (girls home). While working with them during the summer camp, it was apparent that the sports item available with them are in such a poor condition that in most cases it would be deemed unusable and thrown away. As anyone with a love of sports, this was particularly shocking, especially as the younger boys have so much energy, the teenage boys with a love of sport and there are some highly talented sports children among them. One boy, Babu, is a national level sprinter with many trophies and gold medals to his name. Other boys are very good at Judo and football too. It is a common problem in these homes that the children can often feel stressed and be frustrated without enough and good sports items. Sports and exercise are proven to help with frustration and stress and so it is very beneficial for these schools to have good sports equipment and proper sports sessions.With the money donated we have been able to purchase a wide range of sports equipment that can be used to set up really productive and fun sports sessions at the homes. Rounders game was introduced to the boys home (Sneha Bhavan and Don Bosco) as an alternative twist on their beloved Cricket. Rounders is a faster game and can be played with large group with everyone getting involved in the game; it is perfect for the set up of these homes and proved to be very popular with the boys as the games became very competitive. Football and basketball was also taught and played as the boys have seen them on TV and played by the boys but do not know how to play or tried them.With these new sports items, the children now have access to learning various sports and trying new games along with regular exercise. We have also provided Carom, Chess and darts boards for indoor games when it is too hot or rainy outside, or when the children don’t want to run around so much. All the sports items were greatly received and is being put to good use at the homes.THANKS TO GVI CT!
Do you believe that access to sports is a child's right?
Here at GVI, we believe that playing sports is a right all children should have. As such, we have put your donation to use in sports education. Recent donations have been used to fund a local sports coach’s - Surender Sir. The school could not afford to pay the salary of the sports coach and now we can get the children to be learning the importance of physical exercises and movement, healthy living and learn skills related to sports such as teamworking, communications, and listening and speaking also.
Donations have also been used for the sports equipment. The kids get so excited when we gave them all the new equipment. The school is always lacking footballs, volleyballs, cricket bats and badminton rackets . With your donation, the school is now better equipped and kids can now practise their favourite games and stay active.
The boys have formed a football team and we are hoping that after the summer is over in the new term we can have an Auxilium cricket team and start some interschool tournaments. The girls are also getting more involved with sports with badminton rackets and skipping ropes.
Hopefully in the long term we hope to make the students to active, be more confident, practise sports and participate in competitions, all of which is important for their development and growth.
There are also a lot of talented children who need the right guidance and given the equipment they will come up to be big sportsmen/women someday.
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