Trustees Michael & Joan Heard’s visit to Kerala Hills Jan 2013

Here are some photographs from their trip.

Staff with Michael and Joan

 

 

An all India CSSI Board meeting was arranged for two days with a Kerala staff meeting and two programmes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were encouraged and blessed to hear reports from Daisy, Jolly, Sharmila and Sano of the eight children’s clubs activities and particularly stories about the children.

students with certificates

 

 

We heard news about the two tailoring centres and the three regular SHG (Self Help Groups). Certificates were presented to the students who had passed their exams—one young man turned up to pick up his sister’s certificate as she was married the previous day!

 

 

 

Tailoring student

Tailoring student

 

 

A gifted deaf and dumb tailoring student was promised a new sewing machine by the Panchyat Chairman—as he gave her the certificate.

 

 

 

 

 

Kanchiyar children

 

 

The children danced, sang and showed us their skills and talents at the programmes at Chenkara and Kanchiyar districts. Programmes lasted between three and four hours — with lots of speeches included!

 

 

 

 

Knitted caps, biros and lollipops donated from UK, were distributed. Our club children were delighted with the tennis balls and bats too.

Kids with the knitted caps and tennis stuff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was an extra special visit for the Heard family. We had money donated in memory of Brian Heard towards a memorial well and to refurbish the shabby CSSI Head Office.

Brian Heard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were many visits to homes and so many very rough roads and hairpin bends to get us to the places, but all so worthwhile.

Happy stories and others so sad.

Blessy and family

 

 

 

 

Here’s Blessy and family. Blessy was sponsored through CSSI for her education by a family in London. She was the top student at Krishna college and is now working in the intensive care unit at a private hospital in Kolkata.
We thank God for answered prayers, good health and safety.

 

 

 

 

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