Support Orphans and Disadvantaged Children, India

Jul 17, 2012

Fundraising Trek in Munnar

Many of the children that go to Auxilium School in Kochi come from poor economic backgrounds, and even though the cost for sending one child to school for a year is not extremely high, families still struggle when parents work as tuk tuk drivers, fishermen or ice cream vendors, working long hours trying to support their family of perhaps eight or more.

This year GVI Kerala asked the Auxilium School to identify which families are struggling to pay the tuition fee for their children and we received a list of 50 families needing help. So we decided to raise awareness and funds to help these families give their children an education.

We planned a fundraising trek through the mountains of Munnar, a CT webpage was set up and it was Game on! Staff and volunteers contacted loved ones, posted on facebook, emailed, called and texted, urging friends, family and complete strangers to donate and help these beautiful kids go to school. And, after a few weeks of these fundraising attacks, our group of twelve volunteers and staff finally set out to the mountains of Munnar to trek 24 kilometres over the course of two days. Everyone was excited to get out into nature and experience the wilderness of the Keralan jungle. It was an adventure for sure, involving bugs, leaches, mosquitoes, sunburn, dehydration, blisters, sweat and a few tears, but also sunshine, temples, tea fields, lungi tying lessons from random strangers, chocolate, amazing views, masala chai on the road side, wildlife spotting, bonfires, singing and lots of laughing.

Our goal is to raise enough money to help these 50 families send their children to school and we are on our way - we do still have a way to go but we are hopeful and believe we can achieve our goal and help these families give their children the simple gift of going to school and receiving an education.


About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
  • $50
  • $300
  • $10
    each month
  • $50
    each month
  • $300
    each month
  • $
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Project Leader

Steve Gwenin

Field Director
St Albans, Herts United Kingdom

Where is this project located?

Map of Support Orphans and Disadvantaged Children, India