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Dec 2, 2019

A temporary setback

Gomanthi learning of your donation
Gomanthi learning of your donation

Dear Kritasorn --

I write with some disappointing news: some new regulations in India regarding foreign investments have made it impossible for Global Giving to disburse any funds received in the last quarter to any of its Indian partners.  We're hoping to receive the funds you so generously donated by the end of the first quarter of 2020, but, in the meantime, we are unable to buy Gomanthi the goats you paid for.

She was, naturally, crestfallen to learn of this heartrending turn of events, as she is still struggling on a daily basis to provide for herself and her daughters.  But knowing that her plight is not forgotten, that you cared enough to support her, and that that support will eventually become available, inspires her to continue.  You have given her something precious -- hope -- and for that you should be proud.

I will write you as soon as the funds are released to let you know how having the goats has transformed her life.  

Thanks again for caring --

Janet Preethy

Nov 26, 2019

Doing our best

planting trees in Siruganur school
planting trees in Siruganur school

Greetings to our loyal supporters!  I wish I could write with better news, but new regulations in India are making it temporarily impossible for Global Giving to disburse to us the donations we have received, and it is likely to be well into next year before they are able to do so.  So for the time being, we have not been able to get started with the tree replanting.  We are actively looking for other ways to raise funds to help the farmers struggling to recover, but have not yet been successful. 

We have, however, managed to raise enough funds locally to purchase some saplings that we gave to children at the Siruganur School to plant, and have been busy getting ready for International Day of Disabled Persons December 1. And I have been fortunate enough to participate in several Global Giving and Google workshops that have taught me a lot about how to use the funds that we can access as efficiently as possible.  

I will let you know right away when Global Giving is able to release your donations, or when we are able to secure a grant elsewhere.  In the meantime, we will be thinking about ways we may be able to mobilize volunteer activities to help the farmers to at least get their land cleared so they can be ready to replant when the time comes.

Thank you so much for your past generosity.  We are doing everything we can to try to make you proud to have supported us.

With heartfelt best wishes -- 

promoting International Day of Disabled Persons
promoting International Day of Disabled Persons
useful workshop materials
useful workshop materials
Nov 26, 2019

17 Students are interested in organic farming techniques

Group of students from Imayam College
Group of students from Imayam College

Greetings dear supporters!!

We are very happy to share that 17 more students are interested in Organic Farming Techniquest. 8 students from Imayam College and 9 students from Imayam College came for training sessions in agriculture especially organic farming. All of them were interested and willing to attend more sessions like this and learn more practices on implementation of organic farming. Group discussions were held on topics of Past-present-future Agriulture. 

Global Giving has run into a problem with its disbursement of funds in India, and has had to suspend payment to all its Indian partners until they can resolve the issue with the government.  This means that we have not yet received any of  the money that has been donated to us the last few months, making progress difficult.

We look for positive news and hope we will be all one in bringing Youth into Agriculture. 

Group of students from Rover College
Group of students from Rover College
 
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