Dear Donors, Friends and Well-wishers of "little HEARTS Orphanage" around the world,
We are glad to inform you all that Padma one of the girls of LHO got seat to study B.Sc. Nursing at St. Joseph’s Nursing College with 50% fee concession. It was a big topic at her village called Pottepalem. She had been with at LHO for five years. Our manager Stephen, Mahesh, my wife and I took her to the college and gave her farewell. Now she is at St. Joseph’s Nursing College in Nellore which is run by Nuns. B.Sc. Nursing is 4 years. Soon after completion of B.Sc. Nursing she will get job in corporate hospitals. For 1st year we have paid Rs.36,000.
When Padma was two years old her mother committed suicide by hanging herself at her home due to family problems. Father is mentally retarded. For all those five years at LHO her father visited her only twice! To complete her four years Nursing Course we have to pay Rs.160,000.
All of us at LHO and The River Fund are so proud of Padma!
Back on 21st July Mrs.Kalpana Pachipala from USA who is native of our Nellore District came to Nellore and conducted a dance programme with the title "Friends of little HEARTS orphanage" to raise funds for LHO with her daughter Kriya. Kriya is a classical dancer and she dances very well and also sang some classical songs (Kirtanas). To conduct this evening programme all the expenditure was paid by Mrs. Kalpana Pachipala. She invited all of her relatives and friends to enjoy the evening. LHO girls and boys also danced very well for five movie songs. Through this programme more than Rs.30,000 raised by donations.
Most of the children are now grown up and going to college. Anil and Hariprasad are second year college, five of the boys are studying Xth standard. For these Xth standard boys we paid Rs.15,000 for outside tutoring. Every evening they attend classes from 6PM to 8:30PM and in the mornings 6AM to 8AM.
The rest of the children are studying 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st classes respectively. To feed children, rent, electricity bills, staff salaries, pocket monies, books etc., we should spent nearly 70 to 75 thousand Indian Rupees.
All the children at LHO are doing very well.
In this connection I request all of our donors please donate more to meet daily expenses of LHO.
* This is a note from Mrs. Kalpana Pachipala who planned the fund raising event months before arriving in Nellore this July. Besides the successful fundraiser and the joy of watching her daughter perform, they had the very fun task of teaching our Little HEARTS kids to dance and sing and perform in front of an audience. What she says about the children at HEARTS is just great!
“We had a wonderful trip to India and the charity show that we planned in Nellore was a great success. It was attended by friends and family and all the children of Little HEARTS (LHO) and other children as well. I spent about three hours almost every day of my stay at Little HEARTS with the children. The children were so well mannered and cooperative and ready to learn whatever we taught them. On the stage the children were awesome! They performed five dances and my daughter did an hour of classical singing and Bharatanatyam (classical dance). Mr. Kumar gave a nice speech on how it all started and how The River Fund supports LHO. I was anchoring the whole program and we ended with a thank you by my daughter Kriya. It was well received and appreciated by the audience and they donated generously. “
“The children were so respectful and obedient and always welcomed us with a smile. It was wonderful to see kids of all ages from different parts of India living under the same roof and helping each other. “
“I am so happy and grateful for all what God has given us. Once again thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Kumar for their hospitality. God bless them for their devotion and dedication.”
Bags are packed! Off to college!
Meeting new friends and dorm mates!
Everybody is in the picture at the fundraiser!
Small girls performing!
Some of the older girls ... is that Padma!
A wonderful experience for these children!
The boys also performed!
Kriya and her mom, Kalpana. Thank you!