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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

First and foremost let me just say, thank you! There are not enough words to express our appreciation for your kindness and support.

As you already know, the Dayspring home orphanage, located in a rural village in the south of India, is the home to 30 children between the ages of 3 and 18. The children here have all been affected by HIV/aids and or TB in some respect; orphaned by the disease, infected and then rejected by their families or can no longer be supported by infected parent(s). Blossom Trust founded the Dayspring Home in 2002, and is responsible for the day to day running of it, which includes medical expenses, educational needs, three meals a day, clothing and social support. This being said, we rely on private donations to cover annual operating expenses and the overall welfare of the children.  In India, a little money can go a long way.

 Over the past few months, the Dayspring Home has made wonderful improvements thanks to your contributions. In December, the children were given new clothing and celebrated Christmas with a very special dinner, new toys, chocolates, cakes, games and dancing. The evening of the 23rd, a pastor visited the home to perform a special ceremony.  

 But the celebrations didn’t end in 2017 as we brought in the new year celebrating Pongal. Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated all over Tamil Nadu where people give thanks to everyone and everything involved in the farming process. The children offered prayers to our farm animals, enjoyed sweet rice and placed the pongal pot in the sun to signify gratitude. Later that month, we built a new water tank and wall surrounding the Dayspring Home. During the summer, water storage is limited and the water bank and new pipes will help to mitigate against this. The wall around the home was built to make the children feel more secure and avoid trespassing onto the property.

 In February, we fixed the solar panels around the farm, meaning we no longer need electricity there. While preparing the meals, the kitchen used to fill with smoke due to our traditional way of cooking. Recognizing this as a safety hazard for both our children and staff, we installed a chimney and cap to create a healthier environment. Lastly, we have begun adding more protein to the children’s daily diet with eggs, lentils, curd and wheat.

 We sincerely thank you for your generosity and hope you recognize the incredible impact you are having on the children. It is only together that we can fight against poverty and discrimination.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the orphanage, funding or our organization. We will keep you informed of how your money is being used, and continue to send updates of the Dayspring Home.

With best wishes and our sincere gratitude,

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

Special meal
Special meal
Pongal celebrations
Pongal celebrations
Dayspring wall
Dayspring wall
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@ Rameswaram
@ Rameswaram
           " I LIKE WHEN YOU SMILE BUT I LOVE WHEN I AM THE REASON BEHIND IT"

On September 30, everyone at Dayspring Home took a truly amazing trip. We loaded into buses and drove down to Rameswaram - one of India's holiest places.

Rameswaram is famous not only because of its religious significance, but also geographically: it is located on a land bridge that extends from India.

On clear, sunny days, you can see all the way to that country!

 We were very lucky, and the weather was beautiful for our trip. The children all had a wonderful time playing on the beach and even took a dip in the sea.

After spending some time on the beach, we drove to another very important site in Rameswaram: the memorial of India's ex-president, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul-Kalam. In just one day, the children got to have fun on the beach and also learn about India's history. What an experience. 

We drove back to Dayspring Home that night - it was no surprise that all the children fell asleep on the busride home. 

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Dayspring home, located in Chittoor, is always in need of funds and volunteers to improve children’s living conditions, this is the reason why we never stop. New projects are always there in order to teach our children how to be more self-sufficient, increase their knowledge and in order to get funds as well.

 

This last months different activities have been carried on:


At the beginning of July, art came to DSH in Chittoor. One of our volunteers, Danielle, painted a  friendly and colorful mural on our wall. DSH was in need of change, the paint was old and dirty. That is why she inspired herself and draw for us a friendly face with flowers rather than hair. Other volunteers continued colouring our house. In that case was Gael-Anna, from France, who created with children’s help, a lovely underwater scene. Finally, in the middle of August, more artistic activities were at DSH, it that case our young artists coloured a peaceful Earth with a white pigeon. Budding artists are at DSH!

Creativity was not finished with painting activities. In the middle of July, we had fun with mehndi palm tattoos. It was carried by Cristina, our new intern. Girls, whose inspiration is immeasurable, drew amazing lotus flowers an swirls on the palm of their hands. They enjoyed as much, as they would like to have one more pair of hands!. Boys, curious as well, gave a try and wrote their names on their palms with henna. The activity finished with a photo session, all of them was happy to be photographed with their new tattoos.

At the end of August, a group of twelve students from Kamaraj college of engineering visited us at DSH. A useful and grateful teaching and playing day was planned for all our kids. The day started with a presentation and questions related with the job of our kids dreams. Then it continued with a lesson of hygiene, prayers and great advices. Later, while girls were at the class, a thorough cleaning of our surroundings was done by our boys. After that we had a tasty lunch and we enjoyed a funny performance activity. Kamaraj students gave us presents, as a notebook, pens, colours and a toothbrush. It was an incredibly day all together. Our young ones have an awesome example to follow.


More farming issues are in process of giving us benefits in our Organic Farm at DSH. Our kids have been busy gathering fruits all this July and August. One of them is neem fruit. It is used for cosmetics but it has a lot of medicinal properties, as anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, antimalarial, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and anticarcinogenic. Something magic!.They have picked up brinjal or eggplant as well and after that it was sold at the market. We have the most hard-worker children at Blossom!

Finally different activities are being planned by our volunteers. One of them is the implementation of a composting system. It will help us to manage manure produced by organic farm at DSH. It will consist on three kinds of composting systems: on a composter, on a bag and on a pile. Our eldest kids will feed them for six months and at the end they will bring samples to the laboratory. After that, compost will be used in our fields or will be sold. It will be an interesting project because it will teach different skills as self-sufficiency, team-work, and agricultural and environmental knowledge. A great challenge!.

 

It is awesome enjoy all these activities together, but it would not be possible without your help. Without volunteers and donations our children cannot eat, cannot wear proper clothes and cannot live the life that they deserve.


Thanks to all of you for your inconditinal help!

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School Annual Day
School Annual Day

Hi everybody!

Summer vacation is nearing its end here at Dayspring Home, and a lot has happened in the mean time.

Dayspring Home

Cameras
We have installed 4 new security cameras at Dayspring Home. The safety and protection of the children at Dayspring is our number one priority and an ongoing project.


Volunteers
The volunteers at Dayspring have painted a map of the world on one of the walls. It has the names of the continents and oceans so it is educational for the children but also has numbers on countries where volunteers are from. At the bottom of the map there is a list of the countries and the names of all the volunteers we have had at Dayspring Home. It is a great way for the children to learn their countries and remember everyone in our Dayspring Family.


Children

Childrens’ Fest
In March we celebrated children at the college in Virudhunagar. We were taken to the college on a bus early this morning, along with children from another home, and spent the whole day celebrating and playing with the other children and students at the college. There was music, dancing and all sorts of games, including musical chairs, ball throwing and balloon games. 

The children of Dayspring Home were amazing and got involved at every opportunity. They all went on stage and introduced themselves at the start of the day and every child was dancing on stage at some point. I have never seen such energetic dancing; I think we have a future dance group with Kutti, Ravi and Hari. At one point the children were also invited on stage to sing Tamil songs. A few of the girls had a go and did really well. Dhana and Vallar sang together and the young girls were on stage dancing to nearly every song. Vallar also sang a song, the microphone broke halfway through his song so he sang without and the room was silent. At the end of the day some of the children got called on stage to get prizes, such as pencil cases and water bottles, for their exams. They were really pleased. 

The children really enjoyed the games and having so many people around. It was a great day for everyone.

Annual Day
Also in March was the Annual Day’s celebration at Chittoor School. It started with speeches from teachers and prizes for children who have done well in school and sports. Some of the Dayspring Children who got prizes wereHari, Prakesh, Ravi, Santhosh, Esaki, Sanjena, Dhana, Nandhini and Munneswari. 

After the prizes the dance performances began. The children were practicing and preparing for weeks and were so excited. Every childwas involved in at least one dance but many did two or three. They all really enjoyed themselves and were amazing on stage. It was a great evening and very fun to watch. We got home late Friday night with tired, but very happy children.

Kodaikanal
Sunday the 23rd of April, almost all children went on holiday to their villages. All exams are finished and it's time for summer break. The children have worked so hard, mornings and evenings, to get good grades on their final exams. As the heat is rising they definitely deserve a break. A few children will spend their holidays here at Dayspring Home and we aimed to make it special for them as well. We discussed the possibility of going to Kodaikanal, a cooling hill station with amazing scenery. Three days later we were on a van heading towards the mountains. While driving on very steep roads and too many curves, we could all feel the fresh breeze through the windows. At Kodaikanel the children rode horse, rowed boats, went to several viewing points, walked in a national park, visited markets and a playground, and enjoyed a flower park.

It was an amazing trip with lots of laughter and one night in a hotel with an incredible view. It was their first time going to Kodaikanal and we believe they will cherish this trip for a long time.

Farm

Goats
Dayspring home has had great success in breeding goats again. In March, we have had seven babies born and expect. The seven kids (that’s the name for a baby goat!) are doing really well and growing very fast. The breeding programme will continue to maintain a healthy flock population.

Other

On the 24th of March it was World TB Day. Blossom Trust, with the support of a few other organisations, arranged a day of raising awareness about TB. Some of the children and volunteers of Dayspring Home got dressed up as clowns and went in the car to busy areas of Virudhunagar, such as the train station, market square and bus station. The car was then covered in posters about TB, and the clowns walked around the town handing out leaflets with facts and information about treatment. This was a great way to inform people about the disease, as it was enjoyable as well as informative. The clowns caught the attention of the public and did a great job at handing out all our leaflets. 

Rainbow TB Forum
Rainbow TB Forum
Children's Fest
Children's Fest
Kodaikanal Trip
Kodaikanal Trip
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Kodaikanal Trip 2
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Father Christmas dancing with the DSH children
Father Christmas dancing with the DSH children

Hello friends of Dayspring! With Christmas, the turn of the year and several big Tamil holidays happening in the last three months, busy is an understatement for all that has happened.

The DSH family has grown, with incredible volunteers that devoted time and opened their hearts to both the children and staff. Their bright minds and hard work brought new projects we are excited to share with you. First, our drip irrigation system is back on! Our primary crops this time of year are guava, tomato, eggplant, chili, gooseberry, but with the drip irrigation we are now able to sustain our water source over two more fields that are now growing lady finger and spinach. The children were great helpers installing the system on a sunny Saturday, and have been so excited to see the seeds start to sprout. After several days of rain, the plants doubled in size and we expect harvest soon.

It is a known fact that growing children need nutrient rich foods to fuel their developing minds and bodies. Brother Carter noticed this deficit during his one month stay, which he eagerly addressed by creating the ‘Fruit Fund’ – this program provides fresh fruit to the children three times a week. Through working with local vendors in Virudhunagar, a purchasing schedule has been put in place to ensure consistency, which is a huge influencing factor of this program’s impact. Volunteers have been managing washing, cutting and distribution at DSH and it has been a big HIT! The children are extremely happy to receive a full tumbler of fruit salad, and it is a great feeling knowing it is only benefiting their health. Way to go Carter!

Other notable tackled projects over the last three months have been a complete kitchen revamp with new paint, the construction of an outdoor ‘chula’ or organic matter cook stove  and reorganization of the DSH library. We are incredibly thankful for our volunteers.

Celebrating Christmas with the entire Dayspring family is quite special. 31 children, on-site staff and special guests joined together to share the holiday. Everyone received a new outfit and small gifts from our guest of honor, Judicial Magistrate Mrs. Mumtaz. A three kilo cake was cut by the small children donning Santa Claus masks and the girls danced away like the Bollywood starlets they are. The whole evening a catering team worked diligently outside to prepare a dinner unlike any other. Paratha, idili, fried chicken, curry and several chutneys refueled everyone after such a fun filled day. This is a highlight of the entire year at Dayspring, which was evident from the anticipation amongst the children days before.

Pongal soon followed Christmas. It is one of the most important Tamil celebrations of the entire year. It is normally sustained over three days, recognizing the start of spring and giving prayer for the harvest season. The main activity is cooking Pongal sweet rice on an open flame, surrounded by colorful rangoli art. When it boils over, everyone howls to the sky in excitement and appreciation for the crop. Sugar cane is also associated with the holiday, as the stalks are tied in bundles as decoration around the open fire. After the rice has cooked, everyone enjoys eating the sugar cane throughout the afternoon. The second day gives respect for all livestock, especially the cow. It is called ‘Matu’ (Tamil for cow) Pongal for this very reason. The children decorated all the animals and enjoyed moving the Pongal rice celebration over to the Dayspring farm.

Donors made the celebration of these holidays possible, and our gratitude pours out for ensuring joy filled days for all here at Dayspring. Everyone is preparing for exams in the next month, and then it will be a short summer holiday. All children are busy studying, but their spirits are incredibly high. They are ready to apply all their hard work this past year!

Installing the Drip Irrigation
Installing the Drip Irrigation
Christmas Cake
Christmas Cake
Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad
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Blossom Trust

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