Strathaven Friends of HHI is an autonomous sub-committee of the Charity Health Help International, which is based in Newport, South Wales.
Health Help International was founded in 2001 by a former resident of Strathaven, Ron Prosser. It is a Christian Charity providing medical aid and educational support to those in need in Zambia and in the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in India.
The SFHHI committee has the backing of about 100 supporters in the Strathaven locality. It has been supporting its parent Charity since 2008, raising up to £10,000 each year on its behalf.
Our fund raising efforts include a Bridge Drive held in May each year and a biennial Burns Musical evening in January and also the organisation of the ongoing Ragbag Scheme.
Monies are also raised from the sale of Painted Leaf Cards. These are painted by lower caste women of Kerala providing much needed income to help them raise their families.
Help our efforts and view these cards in the store.
Strathaven’s first involvement with HHI was in 2008 when a party of Strathaven Scouts visited Zambia to undertake work on various projects for the Charity, a visit repeated in 2011. Ron had been a member of the Strathaven Scout Group, as have been three of the members of the present SFHHI committee.
One of these, Iain Park, became a Trustee of Health Help International in 2014 and visits India along with fellow Trustees each year to view and participate in the various activities supported by the Charity.