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.
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!
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.
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