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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

Greetings, from Blossom! 

Much has happened since our last report update. On October 29th Dayspring celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights. The event is one of the major festivities in Hinduism, and can last over a period of up to five days.

Here at Dayspring, we had a day of feasting, and a night full of fireworks with the children. We started bright and early with showers, and followed with dressing in our new outfits for the holiday. The boys and girls were all very happy to show off their styles! After dressing up, a breakfast of parotta and chicken curry was shared. We call this special early morning meal, idly. Snacks were eaten throughout the afternoon, up until we dined on biryani, dosas and chicken puri through the evening for dinner. Afterwards, halwa sweets were enjoyed by all the children before they went outside to shoot off fireworks.

The essence of Diwali comes out at night, when the sky is lit up with colors as far as the eye can see. Firecrackers and sparklers brought lots of smiles to the children, as they played with them into the late hours. Lots of dancing, laughter and fun! What a memorable time of the year here in India. This celebratory day would not have been possible without sponsorship from our generous donors, which allowed us to purchase the clothing, fireworks and ingredients for our meals.

Now transitioning into winter, the children at Dayspring have been very busy with work on our 10 acre farm. The last few months have been a time of harvest and cultivation. The gardens are filled with many different varieties of roses that fill the air with beautiful aromas, and the soil has been replanted with seedlings. On our farm we produce a variety of fruits and vegetables on-site, which educates the children of sustainability practices, while allowing us to yield a bulk of our food.

We are gearing up for a progressive new year ahead of us. 2016 has been abundant in growth and development, only made possible by our generous donors. Thank you to all our friends for your continued support. 

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Shopping in the market for new bedding.
Shopping in the market for new bedding.

Hello! Since our last report update the children at Dayspring Home have gotten to see their home receive both a wonderful "face-lift" as well as a replenishment of school, bedding, nutrition, and personal hygiene supplies thanks to the generous financial and time donations we have received from Global Giving and from our local volunteers.

Renovations and home repairs:

One of the top priorities of the staff at Dayspring Home is to ensure a home for the children that is both safe and clean. Part of the funds that we have raised have gone towards maintaing this priority. Firstly, the children's bathrooms have been re-painted and thoroughly cleaned, eliminating any water damage or rust that if left unattented, would have required costly repairs or replacements in the future. Secondly, the playground equitment that we have at Dayspring Home has been coated with a new coat of paint to ensure they remain safe and rust-free for the children to play on. Finally, the summer rains have caused some paint, mud, and water stains on the buildings at Dayspring Home. The funds we have raised have permitted the entire structures to be coated with a fresh and clean coat of paint that the staff and children are all very proud of.

Essential replenishment of supplies:

Your generous donations have also allowed us to continue our restocking of essential hygiene, clothing, bedding, and food/nutrition supplies for the children. Through this fundraising, we have purchased new sleeping mats, pillows and pillowcases, blankets and quilts, underwear, soaps, laundry detergents, coconut oil, chapati powder, rice, and many other essential bulk food used for nutritious cooking and meal preparation.

Some of the children helping unload new supplies.
Some of the children helping unload new supplies.
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Swimming in the sea
Swimming in the sea

Hello! Since our last update, the kids at Dayspring Home have had a number of adventures. Anita, Anne-Françoise and Arnaud, volunteers from France, have been enriching the lives of those at Dayspring through education and fun! Read on to find out what they've been up to.

English Classes

We first organized a test in order to split the kids into groups by level of English known. We broke the kids up into three groups: Beginners taught by Anita; Intermediate taught by myself; and Advanced taught by Arnaud. We try to stick to daily classes but sometimes have to cancel due to their work load (school work plus daily tasks at Dayspring keep them busy). We find it most beneficial to the kids if we help them with their English homework rather than add more work with our English classes.

Dayspring Olympiads

On Saturday, June 11 we organized Dayspring Olympiads. The kids were split up into three different teams and competed both with and against each other in five different games. These included ring toss, a couple different relays and a final race at the end. We bought some medals for the kids and they were so happy to get them. 

Kanyakumari

We also planned and funded a full day of activities for the kids at Dayspring. On June 17, we all headed to Kanyakumari in order to be there in time for sunrise. When we got there, we headed to the beach to put our toes in the sand and wait for the sunrise. After sunrise, we drove an hour with loud music and a lot of dancing before reaching the Padmanabhapuram Palace. We visited the Palace and the heritage museum. After lunch we returned to Kanyakumari to visit Ghandi's Memorial and treat the kids to ice creams! They also had fun on the playground adjacent to the Memorial. Last, but not least, Anita and the older kids enjoyed a bath in the ocean! That was everyone's favourite part of the day.

English Homework
English Homework
Dayspring Olympiads
Dayspring Olympiads

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Dayspring Children Enjoying the Waterfall
Dayspring Children Enjoying the Waterfall

Hello there! Since our last update a lot has happened at Dayspring. Thanks to you, and all of our supporters, we created a recycling program to make Dayspring a cleaner place!

Now the rubbish is sorted, sold, and recycled, so it does not contaminate the children’s environment. Recycling bins have been placed all around Dayspring, and the kids are getting used to them, as they understand this change is motivated by their well-being (burning rubbish can be really bad for the health!).

We’ve also been able to start a computer class programme for the kids! Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers and the support from our donators all around the world, Dayspring home now has its own computer lab. We are able to teach groups of 4-5 at a time the basics of computer usage. So far one group has finished the course and another one is in the middle of it. We hope to expend this program to be able to reach our dream goal: every child leaving Dayspring with computer fluency and able to face the modern world ahead. It’s an ambitious objective but we know that with hard work and dedication, we can make it a reality!

Since the last update in December the kids have also been on several field trips. In January they went to Madurai to see the temples and in February they went to see the waterfalls of Kutralam, spending the weekend enjoying the water and the change of scenery from Chittor.

We will keep you informed of the progress of our programmes at Dayspring, and again thank you for supporting us.

The New Computer Classroom at Dayspring
The New Computer Classroom at Dayspring
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Christmas Cake for All
Christmas Cake for All

Christmas is typically a day to be spent with family and that is true at Blossom, it just happens that our family here includes at least fifty people! The function wasn’t just a one day thing, for over a week preparations had been going on in the form of decorations being made and hung up, a nativity scene and the dances that the children had been practising to make sure they were perfect on the night.

The beautiful rangoli, chalk designs on the ground, greeted all the guests as the entered Dayspring, from outside the gate to the entrance to the veranda, their vibrant colours were mixed with seasonal greetings and the strings of lights hanging down made it very clear that festivities were waiting, as did the Christmas songs playing in the classroom: where all the children were eagerly awaiting their party, in their best clothes.

Their joy, only increased when the cake was uncovered and the little ones learnt that they were to get the first tastes! Scrambling to get to the table as quickly as possible and be the first in line they were richly rewarded with large pieces, some of them trying to get back for more.

Then the Dayspring children got to show off the wonderful dances they had choreographed. Dressed up in their finest and covered in jewellery that only comes out for special occasions the girls whirled and span like Bollywood starlets.

A speech of thanks by CEPT Project Co-ordinator P. Jothi, was followed by a special meal for all: biriyani, and more cake! On a day like today it is hard to look at the Dayspring children and think of the hardships they have been through, losing their families one way or another; but today was a day of joy for all of us involved and while at other times it may not be as easy for them to forget, at least at Christmas we can give them new happier memories to hold on to.

Thank you to all our our generous friends for helping to make the day so special for the children of Dayspring, we juat wish everyday could be filled with so much joy.

Christmas Rangoli
Christmas Rangoli
Waiting for Father Christmas
Waiting for Father Christmas
Father Christmas Arrives!
Father Christmas Arrives!
The Dayspring Girls Love to Dance
The Dayspring Girls Love to Dance
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Blossom Trust

Location: VIRUDHUNAGAR, TAMILNADU - India
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MERCY ANNAPOORNI
Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu India
$44,762 raised of $80,000 goal
 
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