News and announcements

Muumba School is growing!

Muumba Pre school under construction

With the two classrooms full in both morning and afternoon sessions, it became clear that a covered area was needed in order to accommodate the youngest pupils.  

Stand by Hope and Market Square Uniting Church Toddler Group in Merthyr Tydfil!                                               

With a keen eye on developments at Muumba School, funds were quickly set aside by the group to provide materials for this kindergarden shelter.

However, as the photo shows, thoughts of a basic shelter were soon set aside.  Bricks which were left over from the building of the school wall were used to begin work on a third classroom. 

So, a big thank you to the builders for making use of surplus materials and a huge thank you to our Merthyr Hope and Market Square Church toddler group for your continuing support.

Diolch yn fawr iawn!

Recycle 4 charity

The following is an email received in the office the other day, and in our turn we too would like to thank our supporters for the way you remember us when your cartridges come to the end of their ink-life.


"Thank you for recycling your printer cartridges and mobiles phones with

Since your last payment, £57.73 has been raised by you and your supporters through our recycling programme during the period of 1/4/2016 - 30/6/2016, quarter 2.

I am sending you (the account holder) this email as confirmation that an automated payment, for the above amount, will be made to your nominated account on the 26/07/2016 with the reference: Recycle4Charity. aids over £1,000,000 in donations

Thank you everyone, we have now aided in the donation of over £1 million to good causes whilst keeping over 390 ton out of landfill. Why not take this opportunity to raise further awareness among your supporters of the recycling service we offer, how your charity has benefitted, and how they can get involved to help you raise more funds! We are promoting the service and milestone and invite you to do the same through the use of your intelligent link via your social media pages and digital communications to help us all reach the new goal, of £2 million pounds donated through recycling printer cartridges and mobiles together.


Intelligent Recycling Link

Wheelchair Repairs: Parts Needed

Robbie and wheelchairs

The number of wheelchairs we have been given to send to Zambia has dropped considerably in the last few years.  It became clear that in order to continue to support those with poor mobility, a big re-think was necessary.

Enter Robby.

Although disabled, Robby is our highly skilled wheelchair repair man.  With a family to support and the necessary skills for the job, Robby was the man for the job on offer.  Jonah, our Disabilities Affairs Manager, writes,

‘So far, Robby is working very well with loyalty and hard work. He has also a sense of reasoning through coming with suggestions on how the wheelchair repairs can advance. However, the challenges are that there are no tools and materials to use when repairing wheelchairs.

In view of the above, there are suggestions that materials and tools such as leather, assorted bolts and nuts, screws, Angle (L) Grinder, small drilling machine, welding machine, cane oil be purchased.   So far thirty three (33) wheelchairs have been repaired. The work done includes wheels, foot rest replacements, rear and front wheels, welding, leather mending, tying and knitting.’

Can you help?

Calling all occupational therapists and speech therapists

Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, South India, special needs children

Does anyone fancy a holiday with a purpose in India?

HHi supports two special needs units in South India.  Asha Kiran Ashram, in the countryside of Tamil Nadu, is the longer established, having opened its doors to 15 children in 2010. It now caters for about 50 children with a variety of disabilities.  Following on from the success of this project, we now support a fledgeling special needs unit at Kalathara, near Nedumangad in Kerala, which is developing rapidly.  Both of these projects have asked us if we can help them by sending out occupational and speech therapists who can treat the children and share best practice with our Indian partners.

This would suit OT or speech therapy students wanting to practice their skills, someone recently retired, or anyone else with either of these skills who wants to make a difference where it will really be appreciated.  We can provide simple accommodation; living in India is cheap, but you would need to provide your own airfare.

For further information please contact the HHI Office (details on our Contacts page).


HHI Knitters

Shaftesbury knitters

Many thanks to all our knitters. You are doing a fantastic job, so please keep the blankets etc coming. See the poster above.

However, please note, we do NOT need any more 'fish and chip' jumpers (Please see the picture gallery) as we have about 10,000 of them, and our storage space at Mamhilad has been greatly reduced.

Sunshine and Smile, after the Rain, 2016 - The Round Strathaven 50 cycle race

The start of the race

The excitement built early on an apparently fine Sunday morning.  Cyclists began arriving, shoes clicking across the tarmac and the hall floor even as registration desks were being set up; as the start banner was being tied to trees on the road outside.  Trays of cakes were handed in.

Strathaven’s Gala Queen, Carly Redmond-White, and her Champion, William McVeigh, counted down, and hundreds of gears clicked round as slowly the peloton headed for the countryside, nervously anticipating the roads ahead, some drooling, desperate to reach Sandford.

The weather changed, and those roads became very challenging as the riders headed west.  A detour this year took them to Loudoun Hill, and as they threw the bikes through the bends so that mighty volcanic plug disappeared as the clouds descended, drookit, windswept.  Before long though they had the wind at their backs, and the Sandford tea urn was on the boil.

Not for all was the lure of the cake too tempting.  The lead riders were checking in to St Pat’s in indecent haste, whilst others were still feasting.  Orin McConville and Rhuari Yeoman, both from EK Road Club, led the field home, by some distance.  They must have known there were more cakes and gallons of tea at the finish.

Meanwhile out on the roads weather conditions became kinder, and as the family run began in the afternoon the kids were blessed with sunshine.  The long slog up to Ardochrig, where the total climb for the main run rose to over 2,500ft, was packed with parents being pulled along by energy-charged children, looking for their downhill section through the former forest section, turning at Whitelaw to pick up the tail wind on the run back to base, where certificates were grasped as parents wheezed and climbed tenderly from the saddle.

Disabled children around Nedumangad, Kerala

disabled children special needs Nedumangad Kerala India

Our regular readers will know about Asha Kiran Ashram, our special needs centre in Tamil Nadu.   This great success has inspired Philip Mathew to do domething similar in his part of Kerala.  He has been offering physiotherapy to disabled children from poor families for a few years, with great results. Recently this has expanded to include speech therapy.

Earlier this year the centre moved down the road into a larger building at Kalathara.  This has enabled the project to expand into a fully fledged special needs centre which will be a caring community for disabled children and their families, including special needs teaching and training, providing the children with essential life skills.  Tom and Philip have gone ahead in faith with this project, but without funding, and now some 30 children have regular classes with two special needs teachers and two assistants.  As the children are so disabled they also need transport - local supporters have provided a vehicle, but they need a driver.

We have been able to get some grant funding for this project from a charitable trust, for which we are very grateful, but this will cover only part of the cost.  A special needs teacher costs £100 a month, and an assistant £70.  Could you help Tom and Philip with this inspiring project, and so help them to show God's love to children who would otherwise be despised as a source of shame in their Hindu culture?

News from India

Hepatitis C, baby with heart problems, charity, Kerala, India

We have just had a letter from Tom Sutherland:-

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus

I was sitting in the bus today when a young man nearby gave me a great smile.  He told me his name was Biju and that he was studying at a Bible College to become a pastor.  He was a member of Pastor Sam's congregation at Perookada.  He was born with a badly deformed heart and the doctors gave him a day or two to live.  Sam was a great man of prayer and fasting and everyone prayed and Biju survived.  HHI provided the funds for Biju to have a major operation in Bangalore while still 3 or 4 months old.  There was a wonderful doctor there - a wonderful man as well as a wonderful doctor - who was given the name "The operating machine".  He pioneered operations on newly born babies and at that time he had performed 4000 operations.  We arrived late in the day, there was a big crowd waiting to see him, but there was no tension, no problem, only a kindly consultation.  Now Biju is 100% well - such a fine young man.  We can only thank God for Sam and HHI.

Everyone here is thrilled at the news of Mother Theresa being proclaimed a saint and the first few pages of all the papers are taken up with the news.  And if the Hindu papers are less enthusiastic than the Times of India headline "Mother Theresa gets a halo, the world a saint", the articles that follow are all very sincere and moving.  How wonderfully God used this simple but extraordinary woman.  At a time when "missionary" was a dirty word she called her congregation "Missioners of Charity".  I had the privelege of meeting her; one of her co-workers told me, "When you are talking with Mother Theresa you are the only person in the world."

Asha Kiran Ashram

Special needs school, disabled children, Tamil Nadu, charity

When we built the main building for our special needs school in Tamil Nadu it was completed with an asbestos roof.  At the time that was considered perfectly adequate; but times have moved on, the health and safety of the children is paramount, and the government no longer considered that an asbestos roof was good enough.  We agreed that we would jointly fund a concrete roof with Pastor Santhosh providing about a third of the cost; the work went ahead, but Pastor Santhosh was unable to raise all his share of the money, so the work was left structurally complete but looking very untidy.  In addition, the water and electricity had been disrupted.

Earlier this year we were promised a share of the profits of the Round Strathaven 50 mile cycle ride (RS50), and in anticipation of this we sent out nearly £3,000 for the work to be completed.  This has now been done, and the building has been finished to a beautifully high standard.  And this week we received a cheque for £3,000 from the organisers of the RS50, for which we are very grateful.

Pastor Santhosh is in the process of renewing the registration of Asha Kiran with the state government, and this work has greatly helped the process.  It has been inspected by the Thasildar and other state government officials, and the process is proceeding well.  Santhosh asks that we pray that it will be completed soon, and that a government grant (to which the school is entitled, but has not yet received) will be forthcoming.

Mary Mainza: Update, August 2016

one of the chitenge outfits

As the eldest of seven children, Mary Mainza assumed responsibility for her four brothers and two sisters after the death of her parents.   Although a skilled tailor, Mary’s job was insecure and her employer did not pay her regularly.  And, when she was paid, her wages were low and as a result she was unable to meet her brothers’ school fees.  Fortunately, at that point, HHI was able to help with the education costs. Indeed, the support HHI was able to offer did not stop there.   

In 2013 Mary was given a sewing machine.  She became self-employed and because of her reputation as a seamstress, her customers followed her. 

 Carole Nzila, the senior HHZ administrator, picks up the story…

‘Currently, she supports her four younger brothers at Pemba Secondary School and her sisters who are both at primary school.  She is happy that her life has greatly improved since the time she benefited from being given a sewing machine. She is able to feed her two children aged 12 and 5 years old.  On the income generated from the outfits, which depends on the response from customers, she is proud to state that in a month, she is able to make between K500.00 and K800.00.

The outfits that she makes include office attire, chitenge outfits for women and men -suitable for kitchen parties and wedding ceremonies, working suits, children’s wear, and much more.

She is very thankful to HHI for coming to her aid and is appealing for more support for other people who are currently in the situation she was before she was helped.’