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Feb 18, 2020

Continuing research, new ideas

how women farmers currently sell their produce
how women farmers currently sell their produce

Although GlobalGiving's negotiations with the Indian government have not yet resolved away to disburse the funds donated to this and all other India-based projects, we have continued to do the one thing we can do without funding:  utilize our virtual volunteers to research new ideas that will make women's organic farming more profitable and more environmentally friendly, and to search for grants that would enable us to continue without GlobalGiving fundings.  

Our volunteer Grant Researcher has exhaustively reviewed dozens of potentially helpful websites, but so far located only one grant opportunity worth pursuing, for which we are in the process of developing an application.  Meanwhile, other research has turned up a new product we are currently investigating:  solar-powered food carts. 

Currently, women farmers in southern India can barely support themselves and their families on what they grow.  When they try to sell their meager harvest along the dry and dusty highway, the heat limits their hours and wilts their produce.  The wet gunny bags sprinkled with water that they use to try to keep it fresh accelerates spoilage and leeches out vitamins.   Post-harvest food waste takes a heavy toll on the women's subsistence income, and on the efficient use of resources. 

Solar food carts will allow the women's agribusinesses to market their wares to a larger market for more hours of the day, and by decreasing heat and increasing humidity, will keep the produce fresh for up to five days,  Benefits include a better income, more nutritional value, and less food waste.

We continue to hope that by the time we next write to you, we will be able to report some more concrete results.

Thanks for your patience, and your faith in us  --

Janet Preethi for Voice Trust

solar food carts offer a better option
solar food carts offer a better option
Jan 10, 2020

The children's trees are thriving

With the help of some generous donations locally, we were able to purchase enough saplings to give to each child at the Siruganur school who has a birthday in September or October. Janet Preethi, the project director, visited the school to talk about how planting trees can help slow global warming and to present the saplings, along with birthday cards signed by some of our supporters locally and around the world. The children enjoyed getting the cards, which designated them Climate Change Superheroes and which were signed by friends from as far away as Cameroon and California. 

This week, we returned to the school to see how things were going.  All the trees are strong and healthy;  we were pleased to see that our idea of gifting the trees to the children on their birthday sees to have inspired them to make sure to provide the needed nurturing. One of the girls we talked with said how happy it made her when she came in the morning to water her tree and could see how well it was growing.

Unfortunately, GlobalGiving has not yet been able to resolve the regulatory problem that is keeping them from being able to disburse our funds, and has indicated that it will be at least until March before they will be able to do so.  As a result, we will not be able to gift any more saplings till at least the spring.

Thanks again for supporting our work -- we'll keep you posted.

Gratefully, 

Janet Preethi

Dec 10, 2019

Celebrating World Disability Day

ball throwing
ball throwing

On Sunday, with support from our co-sponsor, the directors of Manitham Trust, we celebrated World Disability Day with an all-day program designed to inspire and empower differently abled children.  

Almost 50 children participated in 5 competitions: rangoli design, ball throwing, musical chairs, memorization, and singing, with prizes awarded to the winners in each category. Dr. Mahesh Rajagopal, founder of the Aram Hospital in Trichy, gave the keynote address, which focused on having the confidence to excel.

After having worked hard for several weeks to organize this event, I was honored to participate in the ceremonies and thrilled to see the joy the activities brought the children. We are proud to have been able to offer them a day of fun and inspiration.

Thank you for believing in these children and giving them your support --

Janet Preethy

rangoli
rangoli
musical chairs
musical chairs
memorization
memorization
singing
singing
 
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