Strathaven Friends of HHI is an autonymous 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 Kerela 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 usually in May each year and a bi-annual Burns Musical evening in January and also the organisation of the on going Ragbag scheme.

Monies are also raised from the sale of Painted Leaf Cards. These are painted by lower caste women of Kerela providing much needed income to help them raise their families.

Help our efforts to support these women and buy some of these unique cards. There is a wide range of designs including flowers, birds, Indian themes and Scottish themes. Several new designs have been added including a range of very special Christmas Cards. View these in the Store and send us an order.

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.