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Aug 26, 2019

Working towards recovery

Gomanthi with one of her daughters
Gomanthi with one of her daughters
We are delighted to report that a generous donor has funded our microproject to give a farmer devastated by Gaja Cyclone two goats and livelihood support to help her get back on her feet.  This donation will enable Gomanthi to earn enough money to put food on the table and pay for her daughters' education and health care.
With the support you provided earlier this year, other farmers devastated by cyclone are slowly beginning to put their lives back together.  A new year of crops are coming ready for harvesting, allowing for at least a subsistence existence from the sale of produce.  
Tree farms will, of course, take longer, but by interleaving yams and pawpaws with bananas trees, we will be able to provide those farmers with an interim source of nutrition and income.  We are planning a workshop next month with interested farmers to explain the principles of planting in magic circles and ask them to decide if they would like to to try this method for replanting.  We hope to able to distribute saplings and seeds to get them started later this fall.
As always, any donation you can make will give our work a huge boost.  Thanks for your all the help you have already  given --
Preparing a brinjal (eggpplant) harvest for sale
Preparing a brinjal (eggpplant) harvest for sale
her bean crop provides a subsistence existence
her bean crop provides a subsistence existence
Jul 26, 2019

This time, it is 3 Children who are in need of you

Yogeshwari with her parents
Yogeshwari with her parents

While continuing the survey of Children with disabilities we found these Children require emergency help. They are Children of daily wage parents and not able to afford further helps. So, they requested VOICE Trust for help, aids, and appliances.

Yogeswari is 6 years old and she is affected with Learning Disability. She was affected with this because her mother got fever at 6 months when the child was in the womb. She did not take care of herself and that affected the Child. We can give training that would support her to identify objects and communicate. She is affected with 60% of disability which can be reduced after regular treatments. Initially, her parents request for identifying objects and later on for medical expenses.

Leena is 10 years old and studying in a Government school. She is not able to hear. Though, she has support now. That is often getting repaired. And her parents request for an advanced featured machine. She misses many classes because her aid is not in good condition. She studies well but her mental health is affected and regular counseling will bring back her to normal stage.

Vasika is 6 years old, she is the second child of the family. She is affected with Cerebral Palsy. Her mother did not take nutritious food during her pregnancy and this was the reason she is affected. She is unable to walk and they request for wheelchair and physiotherapy treatments.


These 3 Children can be brought back to normalcy with your help.

Leena with her mother
Leena with her mother
Vasuki with her mother
Vasuki with her mother
Jul 17, 2019

This was such a rewarding visit

We had our first meeting with the students of  the Government Higher Secondary School in Siruganur village.  I visited the sixth grade class with one of our trustees to talk about the role that trees can play in slowing climate change, stabilizing the soil, and providing shade and wind breaks.  

We brought two saplings that we had purchased from the Forest Department earlier,  one neem and one pungai.  The headmaster and teachers joined us for the planting near the compound wall. The 6th grade will be  responsible for making sure the saplings are watered and properly maintained.

The children were very interested in our project and suggested that we give each of them a sapling on their birthday, to plant at the school (as long as there is space available) or at their home.  The most common problem we have with our projects planting trees in schools is that the saplings are not properly cared for and end up withering and dying.  We hope that by gifting the saplings to students individually as a special source of joy, they will be motivated to take better care of them.

Whether at home or at the school, the students will be able to follow the growth of their saplings up through the 12th grade, as they will mostly advance together in the same school. Over the six years, they will be able to see the saplings grow into trees.  At the end of each year, we will show the children how to measure the girth and height of each tree and calculate how much carbon it is removing from the air.  The student who has raised the tree that sequesters the most carbon will be given a Climate Action Superhero award.

If you'd like your own Climate Action Superhero award, donate $10 this week to buy a sapling and all the supplies it needs to grow, which we will give to the next student celebrating a birthday.  In our thank-you note, we'll include a link you can visit to download your award.

I was very moved by the children's interest and excitement, and I hope you are proud of the hand you had in inspiring them.

Gratefully, 

Janet Preethi

Voice Trust

 
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