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Letter from India

We have recently received an email from Philip, which gives a good picture of the situation in his part of Kerala.  As you can see, he is doing a great job of finding ways of keeping things going despite the lockdown.

Dear Sir,

Greetings and best wishes to you the name of our Lord  Jesus Christ.

Thank you for sending money for our services.

We are now very very anxious about the spreading  coronavirus. People have no work and no income sources .Educational institutions are not opening - online education is developing everywhere.  Below 10 years and above 65 years old people are not prohibited to travel and visit public places .Now in India and in Kerala virus is spreading rapidly than other places. Educational institutions will open in August above 10 years old. Up to that time online classes will continue.  Our special school has already arranged online classes. Our children and parents are very co-operative and  also arrange therapy three days a week.  One day only one child came for physiotherapy  .That is why some physical exercises are showing in online classes. Our staff come to our centre three days in a week. for preparing classes and activities, taking video and to our children through Whatsapp. They received  and learned it, and it was sent back to us .Teachers assessed it and suggested the student correct it. We visited each and every students house and gave them hand masks and hand wash and vegetable kits.  More over we visited and gave vegetables kits to other patients.    

Letter from India

We have recently received an email from Philip, which gives a good picture of the situation in his part of Kerala.  As you can see, he is doing a great job of finding ways of keeping things going despite the lockdown.

Dear Sir,

Greetings and best wishes to you the name of our Lord  Jesus Christ.

Thank you for sending money for our services.

We are now very very anxious about the spreading  coronavirus. People have no work and no income sources .Educational institutions are not opening - online education is developing everywhere.  Below 10 years and above 65 years old people are not prohibited to travel and visit public places .Now in India and in Kerala virus is spreading rapidly than other places. Educational institutions will open in August above 10 years old. Up to that time online classes will continue.  Our special school has already arranged online classes. Our children and parents are very co-operative and  also arrange therapy three days a week.  One day only one child came for physiotherapy  .That is why some physical exercises are showing in online classes. Our staff come to our centre three days in a week. for preparing classes and activities, taking video and to our children through Whatsapp. They received  and learned it, and it was sent back to us .Teachers assessed it and suggested the student correct it. We visited each and every students house and gave them hand masks and hand wash and vegetable kits.  More over we visited and gave vegetables kits to other patients.    

Tuition groups in their own teacher's house morning and evening classes are functioning in accordance with social distances.  We gave Masks and Hand wash to our tuition children.  Students strength is very low because below ten years old  are not allowed to move to public places. We could not conduct tours for tuition children. We used that fund to buy notebooks and pens. We distribute it in August.

To p or not to p, that is the question

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Even though Coronavirus has changed the way we live and work, those involved in education are finding ways of preparing for the safe return of children to their respective schools. How classrooms will function in the future has yet to be determined but one essential aspect of a return to school will, no doubt, be a concentrated focus on hygiene.  

Thanks to the generosity of HHI supporters, good hygiene for the children attending Muumba school will be made a little easier.  Hopefully they will soon be able to use the brand new flushing toilet facilities which are currently under construction. (See article 6th November 2019

Mr Bbilika wrote recently…

‘As Muumba staff, we are slowly adapting to the new normal working environment.
Construction of the ablution block is going on well with fewer difficulties. We pray and hope that the construction work will be completed by the end of next month.
Our regards to you and the HHI team.
Mr Bbilika B.

Below are pictures of the construction work as per 25.06.2020.  As soon as we receive pictures of the completed work, we will put them on the website.

Covid-19 - more good news!

Not to be outdone by Pastor Wilson, Philip has also been distributing food to people who are starving because of the lockdown in India, which is much more severe than ours and, unlike here, there is very little government support.  Philip wirites

"We have given two masks,hand wash and  RS 100 package of vegetables to our special needs children and some patients - every month we gave a small pension".

Rs.100 is just over £1.  £1 to keep a family going for a month - that sounds like a bargain!

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More news from the Neyyar Dam

We have had another email from Pastor Wilson.  He writes:

Respected Bro. Edmund Sir,
Praise the Lord!
I write down some very urgent needs to some patients. Please read and take a favourable action if possible..
God bless you all. Remember in prayers.

 1.Pastor Mohan .His village name is kandamthitta. 50 Years old. He is a heart patient. Three time faced in heart attack. But not died. He is living now.  But  many time he faced blood clotting problem. Once in a month he needs 7000 rupees (£77) for the injection. From  2020 March, April May  not take that injection because lack of money. If somebody will help then pastor will live some more years and doing Gospel work. Please pray and help him.

2.Mr. Raju. He is a believer his living place is  Koliyakode. He was autorikshaw driver. He is now affected by a kidney problem. He needs dialysis. He take some dialysis. After no money he is in the home. Not take now the dialysis.at least he need per month for treatment a 7000 Rupees (£77). If somebody will help he will live some more years.

3.Mr. Radhakrishanan 56 years old. He was fall down when he doing coolie work.  Then his right leg is broken. Now put it steel inside. Not possible to work or anything. His family is poverty and need treatment. At least he need per month a 4000 Rupees (£44).  If somebody will help he will make happy.

4. Sister Gigi Mol. 40 years old. She is she is a pastor's wife.  Last month was held one operation to remove her uterus.  Now she take rest and further treatment. But now not possible to open the church.So no income from anywhere. Pastor is going very critical time. No food, not possible to buying medicine.Please pray and help them.

We don't the funds to help these at the moment - can anyone help?

Covid-19 update continued

Pastor Wilson has also sent us some video of the distribution of essential foodstuffs to people who were starving as a result of the lockdown:

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India News

Many of you will have followed with interest the informative updates we received from the ‘Travelling Trio’ during their stay in India. Sometimes though, there are ‘behind the scenes’ kindnesses that are not always known.  And this is a perfect result of one such gesture…

Kath, from Strathaven left money for the purchase of two sewing machines and Pastor Wilson sent her this email…

Praise the Lord.

Warm greetings from BGM NEYYARDAM.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE TWO TAILORING MACHINES.

1. Her name is Salini.  She is a house wife.
Her husband is a drunken man.without a  job. She have two children.
So, no peace and no income.  After receiving this machine she started tailoring and earns daily income for her family. She is give thanks to the donor. She is very happy now.

2.Miss Jesna is a young and educated lady. After her studies she is sitting in her home. With this machine we provide she started her daily income at home. Her sister and father and mother living together earn money with this machine. She is very happy and conveys her heartful thanks to donor.

With best wishes.
Pastor Wilson

Smiles all round!

Covid-19 update - some good news!

 

 

In a recent post we told of Pastor Wilson's wish to feed some of the starving people in his area who have been thrown out of work by the lockdown in India, which is much worse than ours and there is no social security or employment law safety net.  Well, no sooner had we mentioned it when you, our wonderful supporters, reached for your cheque books, both here in Newport and in Strathaven, and within days we had a sizeable amount of money which we sent to Wilson. 

He was delighted, and writes:

Praise The Lord!
Very respected our Donors, Bro. Edmond ,Bro Iain ,Mrs.Kathe,
Warm greetings from BGM. Thank you very very much for your support for Covid 19 people. We distributed rice with vegetables to the very hungry people with your all donations.
It was a pleasure and happy to the people..They are convey lot of thanks and  happy to our donors.
Thanks you very much . After some people receive things they cry with their happy.
They are very very happy. 
God bless you all. Remember in prayers.

So thank you everyone for what you have done to help these poor people.

North of Hadrian's wall

We are sure that many of our supporters regularly dip in to the Strathaven Friends of HHI (SFHHI) website, particularly if they wish to buy the very popular hand painted Leaf Cards that are especially made for us in India.

As well as receiving copies of Tidings which are distributed widely in Scotland, SFHHI also publish a newsletter in order to keep everyone updated about what is afoot, and this is particularly important during the current health crisis.  Their latest newsletter is here - read all about what they have been doing - and Kath's reflections on her trip to India.