Health Help International aim to help improve the health of the less fortunate in our world. Read more about us, our work and how you can help.

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HHI now has a facebook page .  We'll try to keep it as up to date as the website, maybe more so, so please use it if it's more convenient for you.  I've just uploaded some photos from my and Chris's visit to India in January which aren't here on the web.

We would like to get it as much exposure as possible - so please like it, share it, follow it and comment on it, and tell all your friends and family of all ages about it.  The more the merrier!

What a Celebration

Treorci comes up Trumps!

We did it.  A wonderful night was had by all.  The superb singing by both the choir and the soloist, Morgan Westcott as well as the jokes from the entertaining compere, Gareth Evans, made for a truly enjoyable evening! 

And, true to form, Ron Prosser was not to be outdone.  In a short but sincere speech, Ron gave a taste of how and why HHI was born,  the work that continues, and he left us thinking ahead to the next 20 years.  

We would like to share with you the message Ron wrote on the back of the programme.

An Introduction to Health Help International

“It was an evening in Madras and I was standing on the balcony of my hotel room. I clearly remember that I was looking forward very much to the meal I expected to have in the restaurant that night. I looked down from my balcony at the honking cars weaving in and out of the passers-by, at the ox-cart trundling along, and the beggar woman with her babe-in-arms. But what mainly drew my attention was the scene on the pavement where there were children clearly bedding down for the night – not just one or two, but row on row of them.

I could see that one young boy was obviously ill. He was shivering from head to toe, and another boy was trying to comfort him, and wrapping a scrap of a blanket around his shoulders. And there was another person who seemed to be collecting money – later, I asked one of the hotel staff what this was all about, and it seemed that this person was charging them protection money for the privilege of sleeping on the pavement.  I retreated into my air-conditioned room with my heart breaking, and a quotation in my mind – ‘it is better to light one small candle than curse the dark’.

What a lot of Smarties!

Smartie boxes

For the 20th anniversary of Health Help International, we set the ‘BIG 20’ challenge, suggesting that any fundraising undertaken by churches, groups or individuals might involve ‘20’. 

Penylan Baptist Church in Newport responded to the challenge with style, and today, at the special Saturday Morning meeting of the monthly Wednesday Coffee Club, presented HHI with 24 Smarties sweet tubes filled with 20p pieces.  Each tube held 60 coins which totalled £12.  And it didn’t end there.  Also included were bags and boxes of coins, notes and cheques! And there’s more to come!  What a result!

Smartie tubes raised £269.85 (not all 20s!) and the grand total was £453.70!!

The very welcoming and friendly group demonstrated yet again that they understood the difference that HHI supporters can make to the lives of people who are needy and vulnerable in India and Zambia.

We read, “I have demonstrated to you how necessary it is to work on behalf of the weak and not exploit them.  You’ll not likely go wrong here if you keep remembering that our Master said, ‘You’re far happier giving than getting.’“ (Acts 20: 34-35. The Message).  How true Penylan!

Thank you everyone!


Silent Auction in progress
Earlier this year, SFHHI (Strathaven Friends of HHI), held a silent auction in the Trinity Church Hall.  ‘Bargain Hunt’ fans please note that the style of the televised auction differs greatly from a silent auction such as the one held at Stra’ven on a wet and windy Saturday in March!
A silent auction requires everyone to add to a list their bid for the item they would like to have.  So, in order to secure your ‘prize’, you need to keep checking the list and see what others have bid and revise yours if necessary. Then it’s a mad rush as the final deadline looms to try to ensure yours is the final bid.
It seems as though the weather did not deter people from taking part in this event.  A fantastic sum of over £700 was raised altogether.  There was also a challenging competition devised by committee member Ian Gow involving identifying various items of historical interest. This was won by supporter Helen Stevenson seen here receiving her prize of a decorated ‘HHI’ cake
To find out more about the Stra’ven supporters’ activities just click here or visit their website  


Treorchy Male Voice Choir at Summerhill Baptist Church

Event date: 
Saturday, 11 May, 2019 - 19:00

Instead of our usual  spring supporters' evening, we are going to have something completely differerent.

In recognition of 20 years of service by HHI, Treorchy Male Voice Choir will be performing at Summerhill Baptist Church, Albert Avenue, Newport NP19 8FT.  All profits will go to HHI.

Tickets are available from the office or via committee members, price £15.00 (no concessions), to include refreshments afterwards.

There will be a 15 minute interval.

Tickets are available in advance - please book early so as to make sure of your place.

You can leave a voicemail message on the office phone with your postal details, and make a donation for the required number of tickets through the donation button on the website. Alternatively, we can call you back and discuss the most convenient way for you to pay.  We will despatch the tickets to you as soon as possible.

Leaf cards

Pippal leaf painting, traditional Indian crafts, self reliance, income generation, meaningful work, UK charity, Kerala India

Strathaven Friends of Health Help International

The painting of the leaves of the Pippal Tree is a traditional occupation carried out by the lower caste women in Southern India. They paint them in craft centres or in their homes and they are sold, mainly in the form of greetings cards. The money they earn is vital in helping them to raise their families.

Health Help International supports a number of womens’ groups in Kerela by providing them with the materials, training them in the painting of the leaves and by organising the production of the cards.

Strathaven Friends of HHI supports HHI by organising the sale of the cards both locally and to a wider market.

The designs are generally of birds, flowers and butterflies or of Indian people and scenes but a number of Strathaven scenes have been specially designed for us and other Scottish themes are planned.

All monies raised by us from the sale of the cards is returned to India to help the women continue with their work and to support HHI in its other humanitarian work in Kerala.

To see the range of cards available and to purchase these beautiful cards just click the link here and visit the SFHHI website.


Never before have we headed an article ‘Abracadabra’!  And never before have we signed off a thank you letter with the same! 

It was only when we received news that one of our Strathaven supporters has a particular interest and talent for entertaining for charity, in particular HHI that we asked for more details.  At our request, Billy Gibson, our Stra’ven magician, has forwarded the following information. 

‘I got very interested in magic as a wee boy watching David Nixon on the television, and my uncle Bert who was always showing me tricks was a great influence. I did a bit of ventriloquism, I bought a dummy called Archie Andrews in the late 50's from Ellisdons in London, which I still have. In the mid nineties I started to get more serious travelling down regularly to Newcastle to a magic shop called Magic Box,   I joined Glasgow Magic Circle around 2005. I have been President from 2015 a position I still hold. I like performing both at club premises and to the general public and any donations I get I pass on to charity. Our magic club also does charity work.  At the moment we are in the process of trying to raise around £27000 pounds for a new church bus. Please thank the team at HHI for the lovely letter - I appreciated it’. 

Thank you Billy for your support and thank you SFHHI for sharing such a wonderful story. To see the work of SFHHI , just click this link here and take a look!


Letter from Zambia

We recently received this letter from Pastor Fundi, who is the vice Chair of Trustees of Health Help Zambia.  If you wish to help, we can send out any aid that you give.


Dear Brethren,

Greetings and love to you all in the Precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Brethren, we write to appeal to you to consider praying for us and the Lords work in Monze.  Southern Province of Zambia, Monze in particular has been hit by a prolonged drought spell. For the months of January, February and March, 2019 we have had completely no rains in the district.

As a result of this persistent dry spell in the district, many of our crops have been destroyed or dried up.



Due to the above factors hunger is looming in the town of Monze because many of our people have loosed their income and currently there is food shortage in many households. Because of food shortage, people are now made to pay more on food in order to survive.

The other impact of the drought is that we are experiencing a low water supply which has brought about an increase in diseases especially in domestic animals which again are a source of income. Currently some of the cattle in Monze have been affected with food and mouth disease and farmers are not able to sell their animals because of the disease.

Stop press!

We are currently updating some of the pages on this website.  

In the ‘Our Work’ section we aim to give a more detailed picture about what we do in India and Zambia. This will be of particular interest to our new supporters as it will offer the opportunity for them to gain some background knowledge about our ongoing projects.   

In response to a number of queries about how to purchase items from the ‘Alternative Catalogue’, it may now be accessed with ease at the top of the home page and information about how to order and how to pay are also included.   

The most up to date news will be posted as usual on the home page but to read older items simply click on ‘News’.  

Importantly, our ‘Can I Help’ page offers suggestions as to how people might like to offer practical or financial help to HHI.  This is often done through monthly standing orders, legacies from wills, retirement from work collections, birthday collections etc. Of course, supporters often come up with their own ideas and we have heard that this year we will be having our first wedding present! 

The 2019 ‘Lent Prayer Diary’ is also available. This includes interesting suggestions for Fundraising Activities for our Twentieth Anniversary Lent Appeal.

And, for those of us who just like to browse, there’s always the ‘Gallery’.  Well, a picture does speak a thousand words…

Happy Browsing!

SFHHI - Strathaven Friends of Health Help International

Whenever our friends north of the border hold one of their wonderful fund raising events we, without fail, include an update here in our news section.  Well, we are pleased to announce that SFHHI now has its own website which provides up to the minute information and photographs.  As well as all the news about their busy fundraising schedule, on the new website there is the opportunity to purchase some of the beautiful hand painted greetings cards which are made in India by skilled women who would otherwise be destitute. 

Just click this link here and take a look!