We have been so grateful for all the help that Le Bowke Logistics have given us that we are publishing the letter of thanks we sent them.
News and announcements
We have just heard from Pastor Santhosh that Beulah has now had artificial legs fitted and is starting to learn how to walk for the first time in her life. Pastor Santhosh writes
On 4th June, Beula got the Artificial Limb. Agarwal Trust helped this time. So we have to spend only Rs 7,000/- [£90] only. Again we have to purchase the Crutches after little practice with support, Parallel Bar etc. She is little afraid and please do Pray to get adjusted with this Artificial Limb. I think it will be a slow process. We are very much thankful for your willingness to support her for a long term. Convey our thanks to all those who came forward to help Beula.
Beulah will need new legs every year as she grows and develops. We are very grateful to the Friends of Strathaven and a North Wales supporter who asked friends and relatives to donate in lieu of presents for his 80th birthday who have made this possible.
The response to the Week 3 article in the current Tidings (April 2017) was very positive indeed. As a result of the amazing generosity of dedicated supporters, we have purchased not one, but two suction machines, as well as all the necessary accessories to keep them in good working order for some time to come! The picture shows a delighted Jute labelling the suction machines ready for their dispatch on the container which is due to be loaded at Mamhilad on 16th June. On behalf of all at HHI and also the patients who will benefit from this essential piece of equipment in Monze Mission Hospital
Please note that we have enough items for the container and it is now full.
Many thanks to all our supporters for all your donations in the past, but as circumstances are at present we are not accepting any further donations for the foreseeable future.
For other ways to help please see the 'Can I help?' page.
Beulah is 8 years old and apart from a short break in 2014, has been at Asha Kiran Ashram since 2012. Those of you who attend our Supporters’ Evenings will already be captivated by the delightful Beulah and moved by her irrepressible joy for life.
During her mother's pregnancy Beulah’s father met with an accident which severed his legs. As the family breadwinner was no longer earning money they decided that the pregnancy should not continue and that the expectant mother would take an abortifacient. This was done, but it failed to terminate the pregnancy. Instead, Beulah was born seriously disabled: in a cruel twist of fate, she has only short stumps of legs, and also one hand has just one finger and a thumb, whilst the other hand has no thumb, one good finger, and two other fingers fused together in a single member. Despite this, she is a happy intelligent child who joins in with everything enthusiastically - even dancing with the other children.
The plan is to get Beulah prosthetic legs. She has had one visit to Chennai to have the necessary measurements taken, and we are expecting to hear any day of her having returned to have the legs fitted. The cost of this is estimated to be Rs. 35,000 (£450).
However, this is just the beginning. The process will need to be repeated annually. Obviously, as she grows she will need bigger legs. When she is 18 she can be fitted with legs that will last her for the foreseeable future - but this will be much more expensive as the legs will have to be far more durable. The total budget is therefore about £6,000 over 10 years and HHI has committed to this.
The £900 raised on a single Saturday at the Strathaven Bridge Drive has given this initiative a tremendous start. Thank you to our fantastic SFHHI supporters and friends. We’re looking forward to news of Beulah and we’ll keep you posted on her progress.
The superbly well organised Bridge Drive, held in the Outreach Church, Townhead Street, Strathaven on Saturday 22nd April, was a huge success attracting 56 participants who took part in two hours of concentrated bridge playing.
After a tasty lunch provided and served by the SFHHI committee and friends, and the two hour tournament, Iain Park gave a short talk about the work of HHI in India and Jute Williams gave thanks and praised the SFHHI folk for their amazing support, hard work, loyalty and professionalism. Everyone had a wonderful time and the enthusiastic bridge players will certainly be back for more concentrated play next year.
Among the winners of the Bridge Drive were Iain Park and Kath Russell, both members of the SFHHI committee!! But that’s not all… a beautiful cake, especially made for the event and donated by Taylor’s Bakery, Strathaven, was the prize for the winning admission ticket and, in addition to this, there were no less than 40 raffle prizes!
It’s little wonder that the grand total for the event exceeded £900!!!
To find out who will benefit from this wonderful effort, read Beulah’s story… (See later post)
Sometimes I wonder if it is possible to find the right words to describe the feeling of total joy. And then, as I look at the pictures of the Children in Tamil Nadu receiving the gift of an Indian dolly from Edmund, I realise that words are unnecessary. These wonderful pictures taken recently in India say it all.
These dollies are made by Liz Gittens, a retired teacher, who lives in the idyllic Worcestershire countryside and who feels privileged to be in good health and living in such beautiful surroundings. Liz is a keen supporter of HHI and a fine seamstress. She has sewn, by hand, dollies for sick and disabled children in India and Zambia. Each dolly is an individual boy or girl with appropriate dress and hair. They are a delight and, as you can see, are really appreciated by the children.
Thank you Liz.
You can see more photos of the happy chhildren in the 'Gallery - Dollies'.
Tom Sutherland writes
As always, there is good news and some news that is not so good. Let us start with the good news, and it is very good news. During the two months since I've been back Shibu hasn't drunk alcohol, or smoked - he was always a heavy smoker also, and he's looking so well and happy and neatly dressed and shaved - when we meet different ones they all comment on the difference and Shibu is so happy to hear them say so. And he's eating well and putting on weight - in the past he was pretty skeletal. I think you would have noticed the difference when you came. I know many people are praying for him and surely God has answered our prayers. In the past he has been off it for shorter times and has slipped back so let us keep up our prayers to Jesus. I've heard that it's one of the most difficult addictions to completely get over.
We are now coming to the end of our visit to India. It’s been a great time, seeing all the people who you have helped and are helping though your incredible generosity.
One such is Biju, a 31-year-old man who we found bedridden with polio in a small house that he shares with his family. His mother is a woman of incredible energy and determination, who wanted a wheelchair for him, so that he could go out to the nearby cross-roads and sell lottery tickets – a common way that disabled people have of scraping a living in this part of India. However, there was a problem – the house was at the top of a narrow rough winding path that we struggled to walk up – totally unsuitable for a wheelchair. So, rather than turn them down, we said that they would need to build a suitable track for the wheelchair, and went on our way confident that this was the last that we would hear of the matter. Imagine our surprise when, a week later, we had a phone call – the path had been built. We went with a wheelchair to demonstrate just how impossible this was – and there was a freshly made concrete path up the side of the hill! The family were delighted with the wheelchair, and Biju can now look forward to a more meaningful life, making a contribution to his family.
Asha Kiran Ashram,our special needs centre in Tamil Nadu, is always a highlight of our visit and this year has proved to be no exception. The children were as excited as ever to see us, and enjoyed singing songs with us. We had bought a lot of simple musical instruments in Trivandrum, which we distributed to them all - what a cacophony! Not at all the usual rather formal meeting, and much better. We were also able to give them a huge pile of colouring books, crayons, excercide books, pencils and so on, as well as a lot of educational toys that we had brought from the UK or bought in India. And there has been a great deal of development in the children - children who could only crawl can now walk, week limbs have been strengthened, and children who could do nothing are now enabled to do simple tasks. It is all hugely encouraging and rewarding, and parents are marvellously enthusiastic - one drove for an hour to tell us!
Another encouragement is the way that local people are supporting Asha Kiran Ashram. Last night we collected a television for the children, along with a substatntial gift, from a family who have already supported Asha Kiran generously in the past; today a widow gave the lunch-time food (and enough left over for dinner as well) for all the children, this being in memory of her husband who died ten years ago. This local sujpport, along with the givernment grant that Santhosh is getting now, is becoming increasingly important as Asha Kiran expands, well beyond our ability to support it.