Dear Friends of FFLV -
We want to thank you for your generosity in supporting the New Year's Gift Program last and give you a final update on the project, which will begin again as New Year 2014 approaches, but will no longer be conducted via Global Giving.
For the first time this year, due to extreme cold in Vrindvan and the government's deciding that all schools should be closed until it warmed up, this year's gift distribution was delayted the 18th of January. We distributed giftpacks through the 21st of January, 2013. The generosity of donors like you enabled us to raise $15,256 for the festival, which allowed us to distribute gift packs to our students as well as children in the public schools of Vrindavan and a number of surrounding villages. Each gift pack contained a jar of vaseline, a woolen cap, candies, peanuts, some small toys, a toothbrush and tooth paste, as well as some pictures. As you can see from the thank you card below, you helped make a lot of children really happy.
As you know, we run the new year's gifts campaign each year to provide some small gifts to brighten the lives of the poor children in Vrindavan and help them welcome the new year in a positive way. Because of the tremendous visiblity Global Giving has given our project "Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 150 Girls in India" (#8803), we hoped to do the same for our new year's gift projegram here. But because the distirubtion takes place only once a year, we can't really provide the regular updates required to maintain a project listing on this platform and so have have decided to discontinue this project page. We hope that you will continue to follow our work on the website (www.fllvrindavan.org) or link to our facebook page to keep in touch and find out more about our 2014 new year's gift drive.
Thank you again for your generosity!
Rupa and the team at Food for Life Vrindavan