Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India

by Blossom Trust
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India
Provide Care for 30 Vulnerable Children in India

Dear Donors & Supporters

On behalf of the team and all the children here at Dayspring Home, we would like to give a warm thank you for all the kindness, support and generosity that you have shown us. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are incredibly humbled by the continuous support of our amazing donors that in turn, have provided the children at Dayspring with medical check-ups, education, nutritious food, and social support. We want to share with you a report covering a few highlights and events that have happened over the past few months. 

Pongal

In January we celebrated Pongal Festival with the girls at Dayspring. Traditionally, Pongal celebrates the end of the winter solstice and the festival marks the thanks-giving harvest for Tamil Nadu. Everybody enjoyed the day in taking part in the cooking of the sweet Pongal rice over the fire and playing games. It was also one of the girl's birthday in which we ended the festival celebrating with a big birthday cake. 

Education

Due to COVID-19 and the current restrictions minimising the amount of people within public, social, and educational spaces many of the children have not been able to go to school for the past year. This has been a  challenging impact that the pandemic has presented for many children across India. With the rollout of the vaccine in January it has provided some positive progress as some schools are now allowing a few students of certain classes to attend school again. Over January and February, five of our children have gone back to school which is an exciting prospect as we are hoping that as the months progress majority of our children will be back in class soon.

Exams

This month is exam season for some of our children. Over March, a few of our older children have exams. However still in the Virudhunagar district, some schools are closed due to the ongoing pandemic. 

Health

One highlight that we have seen over the last few months that we are happy to announce is that all of our children in Dayspring are in good health at the moment. Over the past few months with the support of our donors we have been able to provide the children with an integrated health approach encompassing both the emotional aspect and clinical side to fully support our children on a holistic level. 

COVID19 

Here in India, we are still facing the ramifications and feeling the continuous effects of COVID-19. It has been our priority at Dayspring with the aid of your generous donations to continue operations in a safe and effective way. As some of our children already have existing health conditions we are still trying to minimise the activity of our children outside of Dayspring, limiting the risk of community transmission whilst also continuing our remote studies and allowing safe spaces for effective social distancing.  

 

Thank you and stay safe!

Thank you again for your support - there are no words to express the gratitude we feel. You are helping us make Dayspring Home a safe and prosperous home for vulnerable children. Finally, we want to announce to you the arrival of new children to our designated home. Thank you for believing in us and making it possible to welcome other children in need. We hope you are all safe, and that the situation will improve soon. We will continue to keep you informed on how your money is being used and other ongoing activities of Dayspring. 

 

With best wishes and our sincere gratitude,

 

 Mercy Annapoorani, the Blossom Trust Team & the children of Dayspring Home

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Dear Donors & Supporters

 Thank you all for the kindness, support and generosity that you have shown. We are always incredibly grateful for the support of our generous donors, especially during such difficult times with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this report will provide transparent updates on the positive progress being made at Dayspring.


Tractor 

With your donations, we have been able to buy a much needed tractor for Dayspring. The tractor has allowed us to safely carry heavy rocks that were on our ground allowing for land to be cultivated efficiently and prepared for for a bigger sow. Furthermore, the tractor has also allowed for the flattening of the land and continued preparation of the ground for plants to come.

Alongside agricultural benefits and an increased yield, the tractor will also have social benefits for the surrounding villagers.  We are looking to rent the tractor at a fair price to other local smallholder farmers to help them work with their land. This would allow for Dayspring Home to generate a small income and get closer to the self-sufficiency we’re ultimately aiming for.

DIwali Celebrations 

Despite COVID19, we were still able to celebrate Diwali at Dayspring. We limited the festivities to just the children at Dayspring, ensuring celebrations took place in small COVID safe circles. We gave firecrackers to all the children. In total, it was a safe and enjoyable way for the children to celebrate Diwali. 

COVID19 

India has been affected considerably by COVID19. The impact on Dayspring has been no different. In response to the pandemic and with the aid of your generous donations, we have been able to continue operation at Dayspring in a safe and considered way. For example, we have been able to move classes over the phone to reduce transmission and allow safe spaces for effective quarantining. 

Unfortunately, we have had two cases of COVID at Dayspring. One child alongside our Director Mercy Annapoorani, both caught COVID earlier this year. We were able to catch the symptoms quickly and isolate them both, ensuring that no-one else at Dayspring has caught the virus. Both have since recovered well and continue in good health. 

Thank you and stay safe!

We sincerely thank you for your generosity. We hope we have expressed the impact your donations continue to have on our beneficiaries, particularly in times such as these. It is only together that we can make Dayspring Home a safe and prosperous home for vulnerable children.

We will continue to keep you informed on how your money is being used and provide regular updates on the project. If you have any questions about the project, please do not hesitate to get in contact.


With best wishes and sincerest gratitude,

Mercy Annapoorani, the Blossom Trust Team and the children of Dayspring Home



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Dear Friends,

 

On behalf of all the children and the team of Dayspring Home, we would like to give you a very special thank you for helping us in these difficult times. As you all know, the world is facing a global crisis and the situation in India is very complicated. It is thanks to your continuous support that we have been able to keep on providing medical check-up, nutritious food, and social support to the children in our care. Even though our daily lives have been very affected by the coronavirus, we want to share with you what happened at Dayspring in the past months, with some COVID updates, but also with some more positive news.

 

The new sheds

 

In our last note, we talked about the rebuilding of the shed we lost during the fire. To ensure the well-being of the workers and our vulnerable children, we halted the construction from the end of March to mid-April. We are now happy to announce that we have been able to finish the sheds and move the chickens into their new home! This will protect them from predators and allow Dayspring Farm to securely expand its breeding and sales of country-bred chickens, increasing our gross agricultural output and revenue.   

 

Heavy rains

 

In May, faced an unprecedented week of rains during the searing Indian summer. This provided a much-needed respite from the heat, but further halted the construction works, and the deluge washed away part of our driveway and valuable silt and sand building materials.

 

Ayyar birthday

 

We have also celebrated the birthday of Ayyar. Despite the weather, a couple came from Virudhunagar to bring a cake and celebrate the young boy being a year older. Ayyar, we wish you a long and thriving life!

 

EduClowns with the children

 

You might already be familiar with EduClowns, a theater group connected to Blossom Trust, which offers an alternative method in educating the public about health-related issues. This time, wearing full clown costumes and makeup, it was the children of Dayspring Home who acted in a video clip to raise awareness of coronavirus and the good hygiene and distancing practices to avoid its spread.  

 

The new road

 

The road connecting Dayspring farm and the main road had become dilapidated, with minimal ground coverage and exposed rocks due to a high number of cars and cattle using it. The children were also playing along this road. To ensure the security of the children and the other people using the road, we decided to have it repaired. It was leveled and resurfaced with compacted sand. The children can now play cricket and ride bikes along the road safely, and likewise, cattle and vehicles can use the road efficiently.    

 

COVID19

Dayspring 

The impact of COVID19 is quite significant in our community and Dayspring Home. Our primary concern is on the health of our vulnerable children; as many already have existing health conditions, they are at risk of serious systemic complications of COVID-19. We are making sure to limit the interactions between people inside and outside Dayspring. Food security is also an issue, as prices are becoming higher and food availability is shrinking fast. Now that the planting season has started in India, we are growing spinach and moringa trees that are full of iron and vitamins for the children. 

 

Blossom Trust 

In the meantime, we have also launched a new project with GlobalGiving to help mitigate the crisis for vulnerable households in Chennai. We are working there, in collaboration with the government, to help identify affected households and decrease. community transmission. Moreover, we are distributing food rations and hygienic packs to people who are the most affected in need. You can learn more about it and support us by following this link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/covid19-bring-relief-to-vulnerable-households/ 

 

Thank you and stay safe!

 

Thank you again for your support - there are no words to express the gratitude we feel. You are helping us make Dayspring Home a safe and prosperous home for vulnerable children. Finally, we want to announce to you the arrival of new children to our designated home. Thank you for believing in us and making it possible to welcome other children in need. We hope you are all safe, and that the situation will improve soon. We will continue to keep you informed on how your money is being used and other ongoing activities of Dayspring. 

 

With best wishes and our sincere gratitude,

 

Mercy Annapoorani, the Blossom Trust Team & the children of Dayspring Home

 

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Dear Friends and supporters of the Dayspring Home, 

 Though we are facing uncertain times at this moment, we want to take a moment to thank you for all your kindness, support, and generosity. With your continuous support, we can provide our kids with education, medical check-ups, and nutritious food. We are excited to update our supporters with the progress we have made in the new year so far. However, we are also faced with realities of the current global pandemic, COVID19, which is also affecting our Dayspring Home. 

 New gates

After the new requirements from the government to build a wall around the Dayspring Home, we have finished this project by installing the gates to the Dayspring home. This will provide an additional level of safety for our children. The gates give the option to close Dayspring home during the night and other necessary times.  

International Women’s Day 

International Women’s Day was an amazing day for our kids at Dayspring, since the Department of Computer Science of the local V.H.N Senthikumara Nadar College organised a social function for the kids. The day was filled with fun activities and games for the kids, as well as a great amount of dancing. Moreover, Mercy spoke to the students of the school about the importance of gender equality and we celebrated all women on this day. Lastly, this day was finished with an amazing meal of Biryani for everyone, and gifts for each of the children from the department, after which all the children returned to Dayspring.  

Dayspring Farm

On the Dayspring Farm, we have continued to breed the chickens successfully resulting in many chicks that will be going for sale in the upcoming months. The adult hens are still providing eggs that are used for cooking at the Dayspring Home. As mentioned in our previous report, unfortunately, our cow has mastitis and will no longer be able to provide milk. We have been in the process of raising money for a new cow and we have the prospect of buying a new cow in the upcoming months. Moreover, we have installed an irrigation system in one of our fields which will help to greatly increase the yield of this field. The system follows the idea of harvesting the rainwater and re-use to supply to irrigate the field. 

Rebuilding of the sheds 

The fire of the sheds in 2019 destroyed one of our buildings and injured some of our staff members. However, we are excited to share that we have started with the rebuild of sheds at this moment. We started the work in February and initially hoped to finish the project around April/May 2020. However, due to the current global pandemic, COVID19, we had to stop the work until it is safe for everyone to start working again. 

Exams 

These months are also exam season for some of our children. A few of the older boys already had some of their exams in March, but in the Virudhunagar District, all schools have been closed until further notice due to the global pandemic. 

COVID19  

This period is unfamiliar for everyone, also for our Dayspring children. The schools are no longer open and the children are at the Dayspring home until the situation changes. To ensure the safety of our children, there is limited interaction with people living outside the home and the people inside are asked to stay inside as much as possible. We hope by self-isolation, we can keep the children safe from COVID19 and prevent the infection with the virus. 

Thank you and stay safe!  

We want to thank you once more for your kindness and generosity. Through these reports, we like to engage with our supporters and funders. We hope everyone stays safe during these times of global uncertainty. We are sending our thoughts to everyone who is struggling at the moment and hope that the situation will improve soon. We will continue to keep you informed on how your money is being used and other ongoing activities of Dayspring. 

With best wishes and our sincere gratitude,

Mercy Annapoorani, the Blossom Trust Team & the children of Dayspring Home

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 Dear friends,

Thank you all for the kindness, support and generosity that you have shown. We are always incredibly grateful for the support for our Dayspring children, and this is especially poignant at the year’s end, which is a time of celebration and thanks-giving. We are thrilled to report that with your donations we were about to continue providing education fees, medical check-ups, full nutrition and social support to the 30 children in our care over 2019, as well as continuing maintenance at Dayspring Home and the farm. We had a very special few months from November to January, closing 2019 and looking forward to a prosperous new decade.

Christmas & Rameswaram Trip

December and January have been full of festivities. Our Christmas celebrations were particularly memorable this year, and with the donations from GlobalGiving and with the fundraising of one of our interns, we were able to treat the children. Christmas gifts were a mix of things that were needed and wanted, including backpacks repaired or replaced, new shoes and jewellery and watches. We also celebrated with a special dinner, cake, games, dances prepared and performed by the children and a visit from a volunteer Santa Claus! It was a true family affair. Thanks to additional funds raised, the children were also taken on a trip to the beach at Rameswaram, which was incredibly exciting and a lot of fun for the children to run around and paddle in the sea. 

Pongal

In January we celebrated Pongal festival, the thanks-giving harvest festival of Tamil Nadu. Everybody took part in the cooking of the traditional sweet pongal rice over the fire. On the second day we celebrated the festival Mattu Pongal, during which everybody gives thanks to the cows for their contribution to the harvest. This was another fun day, in which the cow, the calf and all the goats were decorated with yellow-painted horns, red kungumam powder and tinsel. Everyone enjoyed the celebrations, the traditions and the delicious food. Dayspring Home and the farm are looking forward to a plentiful year!

Dayspring Farm 

We have continued breeding chickens successfully, and now have many chickens and a lot of chicks that have hatched and grown from our incubator. The adult hens are now providing eggs for use at Dayspring home, which is an important natural source of protein for the children. Unfortunately, we have had recent news that our cow is sick, and the vets have informed us that she is unlikely to recover. This is very sad to hear, and also bad news for the farm and for Dayspring, who use the milk from the cow. We will soon be starting to raise funds to buy a new cow for the farm. 

Volunteers

In 2019, Blossom Trust and Dayspring Home welcomed thirteen volunteers who gave their time and energy to Dayspring Farm and to spending with the Dayspring Home children. On the farm they supported us with many different projects; building sheds, renovating the kitchen, digging a new vegetable plot and general farm work. With the children, they organised dances, treasure hunts, English lessons, provided hygiene posters, helped with homework and joined in with festivities. We appreciate the work of all of our volunteers, and we are happy to be welcoming the next volunteers already in the beginning of 2020.

Greetings from Dayspring Home!

Thank you for your continued support and contribution. The impact you have on the lives of these children is immeasurable, and with your help we are able to provide a stable home and a secure future for the children. Please get in touch if you have any questions about the home, the funding or the Blossom Trust organisation!

Wishing everybody a wonderful New Year, 

Mercy Annapoorani, the Blossom Trust Team & the children of Dayspring Home

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Location: VIRUDHUNAGAR, TAMILNADU - India
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MERCY ANNAPOORNI
Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu India
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