Report from LH.
First of all I would like to say Namaste to the River Fund for their continuous support since 2005 and to Global Giving
and like minded donors from different parts of the world.
All the children at "little HEARTS orphanage" Nellore are doing very well.
Last month children celebrated Diwali festival by lighting Candles and by firing crackers. It was joy filled day for all the children.
On 11th 6 member group of Americans (Ms.Jessica Martin, Ms.Sue, Ms.Kim, Ms.Sheila, Ms.Kelly and Mr.John Leeson visited little hearts and spent 2 days with children and bought play things for children and the group donated Rs.7,690 to little hearts. Once again this group proved that Americans are generous and very friendly people. Thanks to Jessica and group.
Through Ms.Jessica, we have received one more donation of Rs.4,500/- from Ma Jaya. Ma Jaya is always very loving and caring of children. Once again thanks to Ma Jaya.
On 21st Mr.Tony and his friends visited little hearts and distributed Dinner Steel plates and steel glasses to all the children.
On 21st Ms.Priyanka (Pinky) who is studying 1st year dental medicine and regular visitor to little hearts donated mats to Little hearts.
The Right Now Foundation, UK has donated Rs.34,800 to buy new clothes to all the children for Christmas and New Year 2012. Thanks to The Right Now Foundation.
On 22nd we have received a call from Women & Child Welfare Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, requested us to give short stay for an HIV mother of 3 children. They stayed at little hearts for 3 days and left back to their place.
This is an expensive month for Little hearts because spent money for repairing Bath Room, Toilets and painting work done inside walls.
Kindly accept my apologies for delay in submitting report to quarterly report to GG as my mother hospitalised due to
Galbladder, Pancrease problems.
We had unexpected heavy rains twice, experiencing cold and cold winds after 48 years of Andhra Pradesh State weather report!
I was busy as usual in my job. Last month children celebrated Diwali festival by lighting candles, fire crackers etc., with lot of fun and joy. All the children studying well and getting very good marks in school. Both the tutors are regularly coming to Little Hearts to teach all the subjects and helping children's home work. At present one Manager and two sub staff working at little hearts.
Last month, local people donated pillows and blankets to all the children of little hearts. Last month we have paid Rs.3,500 electricity bill for 3years! Electricity Board shown mercy and charged us minimum for all the 3 years, a new electricity consumption meter was also fixed by the electricity department. For Kiran we have paid Rs.3000/- as college fee. Recently we bought a new iron cupboard to keep records, children things for Rs.3,850/-. For Christmas and New Year clothing, the Right Now Foundation, U.K. donated money. Rs.800/- to each child to buy two pairs of new clothing for Christmas and New Year. November was an expensive month! Total expenditure was Rs.49,000/-. Due to heavy cold and cold winds few children fallen sick and now they are doing well. For weekends we take all the children to Children's Park, Sea and Police Parade grounds to play.
Orwald who is HIV+ is also doing very well and recently we have received his medical records from Mumbai. Yesterday, I sent a letter to the local Government ART center for transfer and treatment. Today he went to the ART for doctor checkup. He is on ART. Special nutritious food like milk, egg, green leaves providing to him.
Please give our love to all friends for their love and kindness.
By browsing web pages of Global Giving, Ms. Avni and Krunal from Mumbai which is 1200kms. away from Nellore (Little HEARTS orphanage), found our work and contacted me to send an 18 years old HIV infected boy whose both parents died of AIDS. Finally, safely he reached to Nellore and he is on ARV Therapy. In an Auto Rickshaw accident in Mumbai his both legs are not working and he is struggling to walk. He was the best dancer in his area and also got the best Football goal keeper award! He speaks English, Hindi and Marathi.
Recently he started teaching English and Hindi to Little Hearts children and songs as well. He is very happy now for all the facilities provided at Little Hearts, before reaching Nellore, he was taking shelter in an Auto Rickshaw! Few days ago a local Foundation distributed blankets and pillows to HIV infected children, on that day I have introduced him to the Electronic and Print Media. He hugged and touched my foot for being one of our family members. We are providing him extra nutrition i.e. egg, milk and fruit every day according to the UN guidelines.
All of our children at little hearts are doing very well in education, mainly girls getting first or second ranks in their classes. Recently we have taken a decision to give monthly pocket money to the elder boys and girls. Kiran is regularly attending college and paid Rs.2000/- as part of college fee and Rs.500/- for annual examination fee. Two tutors are regularly attending for evening tutoring to teach and help with their home work for all subjects. The Right Now Foundation has sanctioned 2 computers to little hearts. Very soon these computers will be installed at Little Hearts children to become computer literates!
Due to Quarterly Examinations all the children at Little Hearts are very busy with the studies.
Rural Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr. Deva Kumar and Circle Inspector of Police (CI) Mr. Jayarami Reddy visited Little Hearts to spend time with the children and also promised to help these children in near future.
With the kind support of River Fund we have been feeding all the children with nutritious food like egg, milk, fruits, chicken and fish since 2005! Those who visiting little hearts expressing their satisfaction and sharing happiness with children.
Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On June 8th & 9th he visited the Little Hearts Orphanage in Nellore, India. His “Postcard” from the visit:
The facilities at HEARTS’ orphanage seemed basic but adequate for the 42 children currently living there. As the kids grow they will need more space and they’re hoping to add a floor to address this. The children, all from the “untouchable” class, looked healthy and appeared happy. I saw the home at about half capacity as many of the children go to stay with other family members in the summer for 5-10 days (Little Hearts provides transportation money and pocket money to do so).
According to the founder CP Kumar, about 80% of the children are “full” orphans having lost both parents, and 60-70% of the children have lost parents due to AIDS. The orphanage usually doesn’t take in children who are HIV-positive because according to CP Kumar they are “too big of a risk”. They have 2 boys and 1 girl who are infected.
While the project description claims Little Hearts is working to fight the stigma against HIV/AIDS, it sounds like this is not actively being done. They have taken women to get tested, but it appeared that the organization does little beyond this and support the children.
This is a highly founder-driven organization and CP Kumar was open with their financial records. Other organizations in the area steal 90% of the money they receive according to CP Kumar and so he was eager to show me they were part of the other 10%. He even showed me bank account details on his mobile phone. Everything appeared to be in order (though I’m far from a certified accountant).
The true test of the success of an orphanage in my opinion is how well the children transition out of that environment as they get to be adults. HEARTS is too young of an organization to tell, but there is little doubt that these children are in a better situation than they would be otherwise.
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