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Update from India

Philip Mathew has sent us a report on the special needs centre that he oversees at Kalathara, a village near to Kulappada.

With a regular staff of 7 (two teachers, two therapists and 3 other
supporting staff), we instruct on a daily basis about 10 (of 18
registered) special needs kids plus about 8 therapy-only kids that
arrive on designated days. We currently have to use two vehicles to
pick up kids from 7 neighboring towns to attend our school.  The
school’s focus is to teach these forgotten kids some basic academics
along with self-maintenance and life skills in a hands-on interactive
environment. With an additional teacher and more publicity, we are
hoping we can double our daily attendance.

From Hachanga to Abergavenny

Newport UK charity India Zambia crafts Abergavenny world fair trade

Wales Fair Trade Fair 2017

The most recent addition to our craft store is the collection of hand woven baskets from Hachanga, Zambia. (See article 26. 08 2017).  At the Wales Fair Trade Fair in Abergavenny, on Sunday 8th October 2017, many people commented on the intricate designs woven into the baskets and were interested in the Hachanga story.  Of course, we took the opportunity to explain what life is like in Hachanga and also that the water tank desperately needs to be replaced.

Of course the needs in Hachanga weren’t the only things we could chat about.  We were able to tell people about the work of the Banyan Tree in India, and in particular that the cards and leaf paintings had been produced by mothers desperate to support their families.  Having ‘been and seen’, we were able to add detail to the queries about the range of Indian and Zambian crafts on display and also the people and places which benefit from the efforts of everyone who supports HHI.

Tom Sutherland

HHI, Newport charity, Kerala, India, Nedumangad, Kulappada, Trivandrum, Thiruvananthapuram, Kalathara

Recent weeks have seen a flurry of emails going back and forth between us here in the UK and our partners in India.  Some time ago Tom had a small carcinoma under his left eye (just visible in the photo).  He had radiation treatment for it, which was successful, but it left him very weak and tired.  He was told to rest and take it easy; but Tom, being Tom, did too much and ended up having a relapse which necessitated a couple of weeks in hospital.  The good news is that he is back out of hospital, and gradually recovering.  But your prayers for him would be appreciated.  I spoke to him yesterday, and he does seem to be taking it a lot easier now - he enjoys playing with the children at our Special Needs centre at Kalathara after lunch.

Another family lifted out of poverty by HHI

Pastor Wilson has dedicated his life to helping the poorest people living in his area of India - a beautiful part of the country by the Neyyar Dam.  Recently he asked us for help for a poverty stricken family.  Initially he asked for a cow for them, which would cost Rs. 48,000 - about £600.  However, the family then realised that, as their house had no water available, looking after the cow would be a lot of work.  But the wife is able to sew, and so they opted for a sewing machine instead.  The best sort for India is the treadle variety - this doesn't rely on electricity that is either not available or is unreliable, and leaves the hands free to guide the cloth, as well as giving the operator a bit of exercise as well.  And, from our point of view, it was a lot cheaper - just Rs. 8,000 (£100).  We are assured that it is getting good use!  The gift of a machine like this enables a whole family, and often the extended family, to lift themselves out of poverty.


(This is an update of our news item dated 8 September)

A Hidden Treasure

Monze Mission Hospital, Health Help Zambia, HHZ, HHI, Health Help International, Newport Gwent UK charity

Dr Ibrahim has sent us pictures of some of the equipment which was given to Monze Mission Hospital. He had already expressed his delight with arrival of the suction machines and other items but was bowled over by the unexpected item he discovered tucked inside the nebuliser crate.  He writes…

‘You may not recognise the suction machine, the little portable one.  I have to admit, we hit the jackpot with it. It is a little tidy, but sturdy piece of equipment that was contained in the nebuliser crate. It is in perfect working condition, although it appears the backup battery doesn't work. That's okay though because we can still use it. It is being used by the anaesthetists so now we don't have to share the big suction machine with them while operating. Great find!


A Wheelchair Story

disabled girl Monze Mission Hospital MMH HHZ Health Help Zambia HHI Health Help International charity Wales Newport

Dr Ibrahim has sent a picture of one of the beneficiaries of the wheel chairs sent on the 2017 container.  He writes…

‘This is a ten year old girl who was born with serious disabilities.  As a result of the same, she developed friction wounds on her legs that became chronic and non-healing. We tried to graft one of the wounds but it miserably did not take, partly because she started dragging herself about very soon after the surgery.  So then we got in touch with Carol and she helped us get one wheel chair, and as you will see in the picture, the poor girl was really delighted.’

Thank you, Dr Ibrahim, for directing a needy child to our doors.  Also, thank you to our many wheelchair donors.  Thanks to you we have another success story.

Fairtrade and Enterprise

At the recent Croeso Club get together at Hope and Market Square Uniting Church in Merthyr Tydfil, there was a double celebration. HHI received yet another donation from the sales of Fairtrade goods and Chris informed us that to date the profits which have been given to HHI have totalled £1050!  Wow!

Of course now that there are no more Zambia bound containers planned for the foreseeable future, many loyal crocheters and knitters might be wondering what to do with their woollenwear.  Well, enterprising Enfys has solved that problem by raffling a beautifully crocheted shawl, made by her daughter, and presented HHI with a cheque for £110.

Thank you again Hope and Market Church friends!

News from India

Self sufficiency, Kerala India, Neyyar Dam, HHI UK charity, Health Help International

I have had an email from Pastor Wilson.  We (and others) support his work at the Neyyar Dam in Kerala.  We recently sent him money to buy a cow for someone who needed an income so as to lift them out of grinding poverty.  As is often the case in India, things didn't quite work out as we expected ...

Praise the Lord.  Greetings from BGM Kerala, Neyyardam. I hope you all are fine .Today I am sending the cow distribution photo. Kindly excuse me my delay.
Actually the first beneficiary finally was not interested in cow rearing because of the water shortage in her house so we give to them one tailoring machine [sewing machine]. Now they are earning money from this tailoring machine every day. 
Then secondly I found another beneficiary.  She is a widow.  Her husband died some years ago so her life was very difficult. So I gave this cow for this poor widow. When I bought the cow the money was not enough.  I need to pay back 8000 rupees [£100] later. This is because i bought the tailoring machine from that cow money.
I will send the photo of tailoring machine with beneficiary.  I hope you all are fine.

And please remember our rainwater harwesting tank and our mid day food distribution programe for patients. I hope you will try and help this programmes also. Please remember in prayers.


Back to School

Muumba Merthyr Tydfil Monze Zambia school UK charity HHI HHZ Health Help International

With the Hilux fully loaded with office furniture, including a lockable cupboard, stationery, maths workbooks and grey jerseys, we set off to Muumba school.  

Perhaps you recall that the toddler group at Hope and Market Church in Merthyr Tydfil raised £100 for outdoor play equipment at the school?  Well, Mr Bbilika and his brother had just completed cementing, welding and painting the swings. They are all ready for the new term.

Mr Bibilika has promised that he will send pictures of the children on the swings and also the children wearing jerseys and maybe the plastic rain capes at the start of the rainy season. 

Mr Maninga who works at the local teacher training college, came to say hello. He said that there is a very good relationship between the school and college and he said that the college uses Muumba school as an ‘example’ school and that many college students are placed in the school.  

The next term promises to be an exciting and rewarding term for children and staff.  And, of course, much of that is down to you, our thoughtful and generous supporters.



Hachaanga Visit


Adam drove Jute and trustee Mr Mungalia to the small community of Hachanga.  Of the 37 people who live there, 7 are disabled. There they met Alfred Moonga the local chairperson and his wife both of whom are disabled.  They requested help to fund the building of a new tower and water tank so that they can grow vegetables and raise funds. The tank they have at the moment becomes too heavy when it is full of water and the pipes do not function. Although they have a bore hole and solar driven submissive pump it has been decided to get an estimate for cost of replacing the water tower and tank.  Interestingly, although baskets, which sell for 3 kwacha (£3), are made by community members there is no attempt to take them to sell in Monze or even along the roadside on the way to Monze.  

It is always difficult to visit a community which lives in abject poverty but because of the resources given to HHI, a note was made of how Hachaanga could benefit from the container items.  On the next visit the Hilux will be laden with crutches, soap, stationery and other good things... thanks, again, to you.