Today we went to Pastor Wilson's BGM on the shores of the Neyyar Dam, an especially beautiful spot. It was good to meet up with him again and to compare notes - it is so much easier to talk to someone face to face than to be limited by email. As usual he had a list of people who needed help, but our first priority was to see the craft work in action, and in particular to witness the tailoring training. The tailoring is something that we are funding, but had not seen as it is a new venture - one which promises to release a good number of women from penury and destitution. A first cohort of about thirty women has passed though, and a second similar group of women is now learning the tricks of the trade. They usually come for a day or two each week, as other activities allow, but in between times they can practice at home. Once they have finished their training they can sew clothing to order, or do embroidery as required. There is a good demand for such work, and it is reasonably well paid as well as being something that the women can fit around other household work.
We then met a very poor family with four children. Despite their poverty, they look after an orphaned man Manoj who is mentally limited and has a child's body. Their only son Aravind is unable to go to school beacause of frequent fits. Medication is available which is effective in controlling the fits, but it costs about Rs. 7,000 (GBP 80) a month, which the family cannot afford. Jute had been given some money to bring out, and she gave the family enough for a month's medication as well as some money for food. We hope to be able to provide the medication if we can raise the funds.