Feb 26, 2015

Wow! Your Support Knows No Bounds

Dear Snehalaya Home of Love Supporters,

  • Since launching this project in 2014 we have been astounded by the clear passion our donors feel for this cause
  • Our ground staff running the project in conjunction with our clients would like to thank you sincerely for your support. 
  • We we hope to keep this appeal active until enough funding is raised to build more poly tunnels, add more fruit trees and buy more dairy cows.
  • Farming is a great healer for our clients who have often times felt to ill and rejected to fell they can contribute.  Working the land is great excercise and nuturing the land to yield a harvest is hugely satisfying at the most primal level.  It is creating life!
  • Deepa came to our shelter with a very poorly infant she named Sarah.  She had been raped and forced to work in a brothel and sold into the profession by a family member.  Sadly Sarah died but Deepa has found great support and purpose at our farm.

Do you know about our other project appeals?

  • A Rescue appeal to get women like Deepa and children off the streets and out of sex work www.globalgiving.org/projects/rescue
  • An Educational appeal for funding to educate 30 slum children for 1 yearwww.glovalgiving.org/projects/educate


Thanks for your support. Without you these essential projects would not be possible.  Our charity relies on the kindness of our donors and we value your ongoing passion for these causes. We welcome you to visit our website at www.snehalaya.org read and if you want to meet Deepa please look at our documentary here https://vimeo.com/119067506 

Miranda Hudson

Snehalaya UK Secretary

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Feb 9, 2015

Education is the most powerful weapon

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

...And often the routes to education are bitter.  For us it was bitter but simple, many of our children were growing up on the streets or in brothels with little or no access to any formal primary education.  They were more often learning first hand about life's atrocities and survivial then being shown how to read or write, let alone how to believe in themselves and what they can acheive.  We formed our school in 2010 our of dire need.

With many schools closing their doors to children who were known to be carrying HIV, or bullying them to the point they could not attend class.  We had little option but to form our own school to serve our own 300 children in long term care and to provide a place for all the children outside of formal education that we discovered through our day centres.  Our outreach day centres are run in 6 major slum areas in Ahmednagar and were formed to ensure children from those areas who still reside with their families, and are supposed to attend a local school, have a safe and envigilated study place.  This place is for homework, support or simply just 'be' at after school hours.  However many of these children used the day centres as their primary learning place and we saw we needed to act.

Our school ran it's first class 4 years ago in some of our disused buildings and was given it's own school building through generous donations 14months ago.  While we can't pay our teachers what they might earn in government schools we have to abide by a very outmoded and rigid curriculum.  Given many of our pupils have no formal education exposure this makes the teachers role very challenging.  

We have partnered with Wellandpark Academy a UK Secondary in Leicester and through funding from The British Council under their Connecting Classrooms program alot of support and training is helping our school develop.  We recently hosting 3 of our wonderful teachers from our English Medium School in a 3 week UK visit.  Please see photos.

The support of you our donors has been fantastic.  Many of you may have supported our rescue project to bring women and girls out of prostitution as well as this our education project.

Your support with our school for 300 pupils in long term care or from slum districts is vital.  You are helping some of the most vunerable and ignored children on the planet be recognised, nutured and given a real start in life, to be shown they are believed in.  An education is a human right and as the big man himself said 'the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world'.  

Many thanks for your support to find out more about Snehalaya and it's 15 projects or to ask about volunteering opportunities please visit www.snehalaya.org or watch our latest documentary here 

 

 

Our teachers at our UK charity shop
Our teachers at our UK charity shop
Pupil led tour of UK primary school
Pupil led tour of UK primary school

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Jan 13, 2015

Wow, your support knows no bounds!

Dear Snehalaya Home of Love Supporters,

  • Since launching this project in May 2014 we have been astounded by the clear passion our donors feel for this cause, so much so that what began as a campaign to Rescue 20 Sex Workers and At Risk Children in India, has grown beyond our expectations to supporting 100! 
  • Our ground staff running the project in conjunction with ChildLine would like to thank you sincerely for your support. 
  • We we hope to keep this appeal active as the need is sadly still prevalent in rural India. 
  • Seema was one such girl you helped and her life has been transformed for the better. When we were first alerted to her case she was subjected to conditions a caged animal should not have to endure. Now with your support she was been brought to our shelter, reunited with her brother who lives in our long term shelter and is enrolled in our school. Her weight is slowly coming back to safe levels and she is unrecognisable from the malnourished and frightened person we rescued 4months ago.

Do you know about our pther project appeals?

  • A township called the Hamlet of Courage, a Biofarm and dairy farm for HIV families to live at and develop agricultural skills whilst convalescing and learning to care for themselves. Read more here
  • Our school is looking for funding so educate 30 slum children for 1 year. Read more here


Thanks for your support. Without you these essential projects would not be possible.  Our charity relies on the kindness of our donors and we value your ongoing passion for these causes. We welcome you to visit our website at www.snehalaya.org read our latest newsletter here and if you would like to talk to us please email give@snehalaya.org 

Miranda Hudson

Snehalaya UK Secretary

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