One thing leads to another! Megan Davies has news of how her recent trip to Sri Lanka lead to her not only fundraising for her own initiative, but also helped a fellow runner with theirs…
“While in Sri Lanka recently, I met a fellow runner who is working to help set-up and establish an orphanage just outside of Mumbai. They are trying to provide an education to help the girls learn that there is more to life than the slums and working from an early age.
They are teaching life skills as well as academics, helping the girls understand the world, how it should work (as opposed to what they are used to seeing) and other skills such as how to manage money and live independently.
Sanjavi Girl’s Home was set up recently by Voice, a charitable organisation that cares for vulnerable, neglected and underprivileged children. They take young girls off the streets and provide them with a safe and welcoming home environment.
The home currently houses 35 girls between the ages of 5 and 17, with the capacity to house 50. They provide free education, food, clothing, shelter and health services, but are dependent on donations to keep going and to give the girls the best possible chance.
The boxes of books created a great deal of excitement on their arrival
After speaking with Justin Adams, it was clear that he could see the importance and value in sending some books out to Sanjavi, to help them achieve their goal to reach out to vulnerable, neglected street and under privileged children and through education, enable them to become whole human beings and self-reliant, contributing citizens.
With the help of a few of the Bertrams team across several departments, we were able to send out 8 boxes of books for a number of different age ranges and covering a large variety of subjects, from academic and vocational topics to fictional reading that can be done to wind down.
The books mean so much to both the residents at the orphanage and the staff who, without which, would carry on lacking the tools they need to help educate the girls.”
What a fantastic story Megan and it’s amazing how one good thing leads to another!