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We had a wonderful evening.  We sang with ‘hwyl’, listened intently, prayed earnestly and dug a little deeper into our pockets to buy some of the goodies on sale. At times we chuckled while, at other times, some of us were moved to tears.  We had full updates about progress in India and Zambia and tucked into refreshments donated by supporters.  We watched a video of the Stra’ven Scouts building the Ntambo Hammermill, which included footage of the late Alistair Ogilvy, and which, incidentally, is where the young Priscilla and her new baby live. ( see article 29.10.18)  In all, thanks to everyone, it was an inspiring night!

One message that came across clearly was that over the years, there have been many stories which illustrate the true ethos of HHI… where a need is identified, then that need needs to be addressed!  Ron Prosser told us the story about how the hospital in Mpongwe was saved from closure… prayer and perseverance ensured that the hospital remained open and it is still flourishing. The ever busy Ron has written a book which details this amazing story.  It’s a ‘must read’, a cool Christmas ‘stocking filler’ and an absolute snip at £8!



Letter from India - Thanal House

Thanal House is a home for destitute women which we have supported for many years.  It is run by Salini, her mother Valsala, her husband Sanil, her cousin Kingenny; other people also help.  Salini writes:

Loving greetings to you in the name of our Lord. Hope you and your family are fine. Here we all are fine by the grace of God. We have lot of news since your visit. We got some ladies and put tiles on the ladies resting area. 

New admissions & their stories, since your visit January to this month.
February 4th 2018:-
We got a lady; her name is VENU (40 yrs)

03-02-18 at midnight she was wandering in the street. Public people inform to the police, some people were beat to her very much. Because public thought she came to stole the kids. Police took her in to the hospital. Doctor conformed that, the lady have psycho problem. That is why police took her into the Thanal.
              Now she is taking psychiatric medicine. She is from Andra Pradesh (North India).  

What next?

As you know, we are no longer sending containers to Zambia.  And, as a consequence, we do not have the same level of contact with some of our supporters. 

So, what are our knitters, knickers collectors, medical equipment donors, spectacles and audiology collectors, education suppliers, and machinery and tools contributors doing now?

Well, some have turned their hands to other things.  One of our supporters from Scotland, makes tablets of Scottish fudge and sells them at coffee mornings.  Also, the ‘Paracetamol Man’, again from north of the border, now collects £1 every month instead of tablets from his flock of weekly donors. Now that’s enterprising!

Maybe you are now wondering how you can change what you usually do and support HHI in a different way. Perhaps you can also think about how you can take part in one of our 20th anniversary challenges or even think up some of your own. 

By doing that, you will not only changing something about yourself, but also help to change the lives of needy and vulnerable people who live in desperate conditions in India and Zambia.  

Now that’s something worth changing for!

It's a boy!

disabled woman Ntambo Zambia UK charity no overheads Newport Wales

Priscilla is a disabled girl who lives in Ntambo, a small settlement about 45 minutes' drive from Monze.  We have worked with her for a number of years now.

Our latest news is that Priscilla has given birth to a healthy baby boy!  As yet we have no other details such as his birth weight or name, but we are grateful that he was delivered without complication and is well.  

Many of our faithful supporters have contributed towards Priscilla’s education for a number of years and, although her school fees are no longer required, Priscilla is still receives support for food and essentials from HHI.  Indeed, her house is nearing completion and it is hoped that Priscilla and her baby will be safe and dry once the rains begin.

We will keep you updated on Priscilla’s progress as we receive more news.

Of course, we are very aware that there are many vulnerable young women in Zambia who are in real need and we ask that you will remember Priscilla and others who are in similar situations in your prayers.  Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and generosity.

What a difference a wheelchair makes!

disabled girl cerebral palsy wheelchair Zambia Monze cared for by her grandmother UK charity low overheads volunteer run charity

We have had a great story from Jonah Sialamano, our disability expert in Zambia.  Jonah writes:

Bertha Hakajika, Female aged 09 of Village Kazingwe, Gonde area, Monze District: She has a diagnosis of Cerebral, with delayed developmental milestones. She has difficulties with sitting, standing, walking and carrying out day to day activities expected for her age.

She is being kept by her grandmother in Kazinwe village. Her father deserted her after seeing that she was disabled. The father is not known exactly where he is but it is just generalized that he is in Livingstone. As it is known in Zambia, there are few men who accept disabled children as their step daughter or son when mothers of disabled children are getting married to them. And so, when mothers opt for marriage, they leave their children with their relatives especially grandmothers. So is the case with Bertha. The mother got married and went to settle in Luapula Province where the current husband got a job. 

The grandmother takes Bertha to St John of God Child Development Centre, a Holy Family programme where children with cerebral palsy and other Allied Conditions are taken for physiotherapy exercise.
Kazingwe Village is about 13km along Livingstone, southern part of Monze and about 3 km off Livinstone Road west of Monze.

Depending on the days of appointment for physio sessions, the grand mother to Bertha lifts her from the village to the road side to hike for lifts (Vehicles) to Monze Town. When they reach Monze Town, if they have money, they book a Taxi and if they don’t have money, the grand mother has to walk from Town to the Physio centre about 2 Km while carry Bertha in her hands or at her back as another   Zambian way of lifting children. 

Helping the victims of the floods in Kerala - part 2

Philip has also written to us about the work of the Banyan Tree and sent us a lot of photographs, some of which are included at the end of this update.  Philip writes, in two separate emails:

In the name of Jesus Christ everything is going good. 

After the flood we went to distribute some food items to one of the flooding area name Punnakad, Aramulla panchayat, Pathanamthitta district. We supplied 12 food items in a  packet for 40 needy families. And clean two house. We went in our school van.(3 men and 5 women staff). It was a good experience. I am sending some photos of cleaning and food items distribution. By the grace of God we are safe.

You may pray for us



My family was feared in flooding because the water is very high near to my house both the two side left and right side of the road was flooding up 8 feet high only side is open, no road and path way. No electricity and telephone and mobile charge, no contact others. By the grace of God we are safe, thank you God

 My sister lives in Kalady in Eranakulam district was flooding her house. She lost everything. Children' s study material, school certificates, dresses, food, material, TV, fridge, grinder, documents, records, cow sheds, chickens and it's coops, agriculture etc.  We lost some agriculture. Her house is not living conditions, not strength. She got some help from local and government side - food material and dresses, Rs.ten thousand for cleaning and repairing. The next season the house is collapsing I also visited and help for cleaning.  Please pray and any possible to arrange any help her.  I send some photos.

My sister and family are farmers and coolie [i.e. daily labourers who try to get employment one day at a time.  Supply outstrips demand, so such people may get ten days work a month if they are lucky.  They will earn £4 to £8 depending on the work involved]. They have two children- one boy and girl. They are studying.

Letter from India

Kerala floods update

Tom Sutherland has written to us recently about the flood relief work that is being done in Kerala by The Banyan Tree, our main partner organisation in Kerala.  As regular readers will know, Kerala was hit by devastating floods recently, and hundreds of people were killed and over a million displaced.  He says


Dear Edmund

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus.

Two trustees safely home

We had hoped for a quiet morning before our 36-hour journey home, but it was not to be.  Jonah's customers arrive early - even before dawn which is about 6am.  They are given a chair to sit on and they wait patiently until he can see them.

One that will stay with us for a long time arrived this morning.  Mary Hamoonga is a bright young woman who, at the age of 28, had just completed a lab tehnician's course and was looking forward to a bright future which would enable her to support not only herself but her extended family as well, when she was struck down by a mysterious paralysis four months ago.  The cause remains unknown, but she has lost the use of both legs and one arm.  She came from her village of Magoye, 37 km away on (and off) the road to Mazabuka - a daunting journey by public transport for such a disabled person.  It was great to be able to give her one of the wheelchairs that the Women's World Day of Prayer had funded and to pray with her.

Magoye Monze Zambia Southern Province HHI Health Help International volunteer run UK charity minimal overheads all money given goes to projects in India and Zambia

We then had a our good-bye lunch with the staff.  Our visit was a lot of work for them, and inevitably disruptive, and it was a nice way to thank them for all their help and forebearance.  It had been a very useful visit, and we achieved most of what we had set out to do.

Two Trustees coming home

Special needs school, Maamba, Southern province, Zambia.  HHI Health Help International, volunteer run UK charity.

This is our last full day in Zambia before we start our long trek home. It may well be the last entry in The Two Trustees diary. Like every other morning we wake at dawn, about 6.15. The first cup of tea is always the best or in Edmund’s case - coffee. I bought a flask on our first day to fill with hot water so we could make hot drinks even when the power is off. I’ve filled it everyday bar two. On those days I filled it we ended up using the flask of hot water for washing dishes in the evening and the two days I didn’t fill the flask, guess what happened?


The plan today was to drive to Maamba Special school, about 3 hours there and 3 hours back. As usual there is always time before we go out to deal with emergency helps and today was no exception. Unis brought in her seven year old daughter Angela Mwemba who has cerebral palsy. Alison has an appointment at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, to review her situation. Mum had no money for the bus fare so we helped her.