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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 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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Diwali with Wisdom Wealth International School
Diwali with Wisdom Wealth International School

Dear Friends and Supporters of Dayspring Home!

 

Thank you for supporting our Dayspring children! Your kindness is greatly appreciated.

We are at our 3-month mark, which means it’s time for our progress report! We can’t believe how fast time flew!

The weather has cooled down and since the fire accident, things have picked up for both the Dayspring Home and Blossom Trust!

 

Diwali Celebration

On October 27th we celebrate Diwali with our children! Thank you for your donations through Global Giving. Together with local donations, we are able to purchase wonderful gifts, such as firecrackers, games, cakes and nice clothing. We will celebrate with fun activities and a special dinner.

In addition, on October 25th our children were invited to celebrate the Festival of Lights with Wisdom Wealth International School in Kasireddiapatti, Tamil Nadi. All the children had a fantastic time playing, dancing and helping with lighting firecrackers. The school even gifted each child with a unique gift. We were very thankful for the day spent with them.

 

Activities at Dayspring Home

The Dayspring boys have all teamed up to mend and build the structure of an additional poultry shed. It took them the entire day to build the main structure. Their team work to make the shed possible was incredible to witness. We always try to encourage a team work environment, as it promotes productivity, insight to multiple perspectives and also proves their ability to attain goals they set.

 

New Volunteers

In the beginning of October, two new volunteers, a father and daughter, came to the Dayspring home. So far, they have helped tremendously with renovating the kitchen! Not to mention, they plowed more land be the home, to make more room for gardening vegetables. They also got the younger children involved, by painting organizational signs for the garden. These two helping hands have really contributed a lot for our Dayspring children that it’s hard not to give them a shout out on this report.

 

Blossom Trust

Lastly, currently Blossom Trust is in collaboration with Freedom Cups. Through November 7th- 10th we will be distributing 200 menstrual cups to women and adolescent girls from rural parts of South India. We have also translated English educational material into Tamil, for proper maintenance and usage of the cup. The goal is to welcome more diverse ways of managing menstruation and addressing menstruation poverty!

 

Thank You for Your Support

Thank you for your generosity, time and energy. The impact you have on these children goes beyond words. Through this report, we hope to engage you in the stories of them. Please contact us if you have any questions about the children’s home, funding or our organization. We will continue to keep you informed on how your money is being put to action, and send updates about our Dayspring Home. We hope this inspired you to continue to support us.

 

With best wishes and our sincerest gratitude,

 

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

Diwali with Wisdom Wealth International School
Diwali with Wisdom Wealth International School
Team Work; Boys Building Additional Shed
Team Work; Boys Building Additional Shed
Team Work; Boys Building Additional Shed
Team Work; Boys Building Additional Shed
Kitchen Renovations by Volunteers
Kitchen Renovations by Volunteers
Daysprings New Garden
Daysprings New Garden
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Dear friends and supporters of Dayspring Home

Your thoughtfulness of being involved as Dayspring Home sponsor is truly humble and caring. Thank you for your kindness of giving the Children at our home a future.


August Little by Little

First of all, our attention goes to the new GlobalGiving campaign August Little by Little. This campaign will be held from August 12-16. It matches funds up to $50 dollar with 60%. Your donation, no matter how small, will have an increased value, so don’t miss it! 

 

Update: Fire disaster at Dayspring home

In our previous update, we had a catastrophic fire which destroyed one of our buildings and injured some of our staff members. This time we can share some brighter news. We raised $632 dollars from our microproject to rebuilt our building that was lost in the fire! A more detailed report will soon be sent out to our readers and sponsors, but as we are immensely proud of the progress we have made, we could not retain you some before and after pictures.

 

High school graduation 

We are very proud to announce that 3 of our 16 year old girls at Dayspring Home have successfully completed highschool. Next week, they will start college at the Industrial Training Institute in the nearby town of Virudhunagar, where they will be attending a 2 year schooling program in the electrical department. With this degree, they will be able to pursue government jobs and get a stable income. It is thanks to your sponsorship for Dayspring home that we are able to let these girls enjoy further education and invest in their future.

 

Visit of famous actor Rajini fans’ club 

Actor Rajini’s fan club held a gathering this Sunday at Dayspring home. Their visit was very special as all of our kids know him and have seen him play in movies. During their stopover, they brought food for lunch and notebooks for the children. 

 

Activities at Dayspring Home

At weekend days, our kids enjoy some free time. This is used for Prayer, playing card games with our office intern, or Tamil spelling classes. On Sunday, we make an extra effort to provide a non-vegetarian meal such as fish curry or chicken masala with rice, an egg and a mango for dessert. 


Dayspring Farm 

Also from our farm we have some news to share! Currently we are breeding some chicks. It was a lot of fun to see our eggs hatch. After the small chicks came out of their egg shells, we put them under a heating lamp so they are in a good environment to grow strong. The ones that are bigger, are put outside. Soon they will be big enough to provide us with nutritious eggs for the children's daily use.


Greetings from Dayspring Home!

Thank you for your generosity, time and energy. The impact you have on these children goes beyond words. Through this report, we hope to engage you in the stories of them. Please contact us if you have any questions about the children’s home, funding or our organization. We will continue to keep you informed on how your money is being put to action, and send updates about the ongoings of Dayspring Home.


With best wishes and our sincere gratitude,

 

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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