The annual bridge drive organised by SFHHI to raise funds for Health Help International which was held at the end of August proved once again to be a great success. It was well supported by players from the two Strathaven Bridge Clubs and also from the Hamilton Bridge Club. The committee thanks those who took part and all those who gave donations or who provided prizes for the raffle and helped raise the excellent sum of £1,065 for HHI.
The money has been used to purchase a defibrillator which will be used in a new hospital nearing completion in Zambia . Dr John Phiri, the District Health Director responsible for the new hospital was supported through medical school by HHI and some of its loyal supporters.
The recent Silent auction was a great success, allowing SFHHI to pass the money raised to HHI to be used in their work supporting sick and disabled children. We are delighted to share their thanks.
Dear Friends at SFHHI,
Thank you so very much for the cheques we have just received from you for the amazing sum of £700 raised from your recent Silent Auction. Thank you, too, for agreeing to Gift Aid some of the money…the additional income will make a real difference to our spending power.
We understand that the event was very enjoyable and that many interesting high-quality items had been donated. To collect and store such a large number of items requires a lot of hard work so thanks must be given to those who work quietly ‘behind the scenes’. We also heard that the range of refreshments which were served were wonderful and typical of the hospitable nature of the generous Str’aven supporters. Thank you very much.
As a result of all your hard work, many children who are needy, sick and disabled will be given more hope, health and healing.
On behalf of everyone at HHI, may |I again say a huge thank you and send you our Christian love and best wishes,
HHI have been supporting the Tuition Groups run by the Banyan Tree in Kerela for many years but at the end of 2017 financial restrictions resulted in the number of these groups having to be severely reduced despite the high demand. These Tuition Groupssupplement state education and have helped school pupils achieve academic success beyond their expectations and given life changing choices to deprived young folk.
HHI recruits and pays the salaries of the teachers and atthe start of the school year provides the funds for the students to be given school supplies including notebooks, pencils, pens and other learning aids.
The young people come in before and after school with great enthusiasm to take advantage of this additional learning opportunity
During the year 2018 Strathaven supporters have eased the financial shortfall by funding four Tuition Groups for the entire year and we hope to equal or surpass this level of funding for the year 2019. These donations to fund the Tuition Groups varied from £1.00 to £10 per month and one off donations from a number of supporters helped boost our total.
Can you help to give some Indian pupils a better education?
The painting of the leaves of the Peepal 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 its parent Charity 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. In 2018 several Christmas card designs were added to the range and proved very popular. These cards will be available again for 2019. The ladies in India are currently working on these designs and they will be here in good time for Christmas.
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.