Good news! A number of HHI's committee and a couple of supporters are about to hit the TV screens in aid of HHI - they maybe appearing on Eggheads. Iain Parks thought of this novel way to raise funds and awareness for HHI. The latter is the easy part - the team have called themselves The Bystanders - a reference to Shibu who is a bystander working in Trivandrum Hospital for HHI. A patient must have a bystander, basically a nursing assistant to tend to most of the patients needs, otherwise they will not be admitted to hospital. Normally a friend or relative but sadly some of the poorer people seeking treatment have neither - and that is were Shibu steps in. Jeremy Vine is bound to ask them why they are called the Bystanders - so it is their opportunity to talk about our work.
The hard bit - raising funds - needs the small issue of beating the Eggheads to win the money; but we wish them all the very best and our thanks goes to Iain for all his hard work getting it this far. The team will be travelling to Glasgow on 2nd December for screening and if they are successful they will appear on TV soon. Watch this space for more news.
We have a special group of supporters in Strathaven in Scotland call Strathaven Friends of HHI - SFHHI. Iain Parks and the team regularly issue a newsletter to keep the supporters informed. Here is an extract from the recent newsletter - it gives us an insight into the excellent work iundertaken by SFHHI...
The 2014 Container – the latest news is that the Container has now reached East Africa and is about to make the final challenging part of its journey crossing the border between Mozambique and Zambia. Hopefully it will reach Monze intact within the next week or so and the HHZ team there will be faced with the huge but very satisfying task of unloading, sorting out and distributing the mountain of educational and medical items which the HHI supporters throughout the UK have contributed. Thanks again to all of you who contributed to our part in this and particularly to Ian Gow who accumulated over 22 boxes in his house and to Alistair and Ann Ogilvie who made a trip specially to Newport to deliver the goods.
The Ragbag Scheme – still going well – if you know of anyone moving house or emptying a house and has lots of items to dispose of please advise us or let the owners know about our Ragbag scheme. We’ll be happy to uplift bags or they can, as usual, be deposited in the boxes within the Rankin and East Church halls or in the Scout and Guide Centre.
As well as our work in providing a new school for the Muumba Community we also provide support for Monze Town Special School. The children come from very poor and under privileged backgrounds and HHI provide funds and school items to help them in their education. One of the key elements in helping the children is to ensure thay at least get some food and drink during the day. We have received a few pictures of the school snack time and also when the children received school items - go to the gallery and take a look.
Things continue to move on at Muumba School which has come a long way from the very small run down shack like building to a new building with solar power, teaching equiment and now new desks. The new toilet block is almost finished too. The community in Muumba have put a lot of work into completing the building and now their children are enjoying pleasant surroundings as they learn. There is one volunteer teacher - Nancy Sinazongwe - and she has devoted two years to the orphaned and vulnerable children's education. There is an opportunity to fund her own further development at Teacher Training College - something for us to consider and pray for. We received a number of pictures which you will find in the gallery.