Paravai    -   There are two projects here - a small orphanage for children who do not have any family or anyone to look after them and also a home for destitute Mothers and their children. We help the children by buying their food and milk, school uniforms, books and stationery.  They also need 'everyday' clothes and toiletries - tooth brushes and paste, soap etc.   We also like to buy them toys, games and books. 

 All of the ladies who work in our schools, orphanages and children's homes come from Paravai.  They are the cooks, gardeners and wardens (people who help and look after the children.)  They are all very happy to work with the children and their own children go to our schools.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Weston Favell Primary School has been supporting this project for many years - thank you!   This year they collected £324.04 with their penny trail!   Plus I have been given some posters (below) to put up at Paravai; I hope that the children like them!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To read more about this project and to see photos     
CLICK HERE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So first of all, here is Sr. Josephine Alex looking at your paintings.  They loved your book that you had all signed and liked seeing what names children have in the UK.                                                                                                                                         These are the ladies and children at Paravai at the moment.  They all stay for at least three months, some for much longer. The number varies from month to month, but usually there are about 20 ladies and their babies and children here.  They all have a medical check-up, but usually just a healthy diet is all that is needed to get them better again.                                                                                                                                                                                                       These are the five orphaned / abandoned girls that Paravai are looking after at the moment.  The others are now living at Kodai Kanal and so I will meet them next week.  From left to right:-  Pandeeswari year 7, Harshini year 5, Kousalya year 8, Dhanam year 7 and Thamarai year 12.  Pandeeswari and Thamarai are orphaned sisters.  I met them both five years also at Paravai.  Thamarai was one of the 'pants' girls - photo below to remind you!  She wants to become a nurse.  It would cost about £670 a year, for three years for her to train, including hostel fees etc.  I will be trying to see if anyone can help her; as a nurse she would be set up for life.  Dhanam and Harshini are also orphaned sisters.  Kousalya was abandoned; I will meet her next week too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We saw this little girl, fast asleep, laying on the floor.   We had met her earlier, she was very brave and came up to look at us.  (She then did a wee on the floor, but never mind.)  She is probably coming up to two years old, and looks quite happy and healthy.  I was told that when she first arrived, she was so thin and very sick.  All she needed to get better was some healthy food and milk.  So, Weston Favell Primary School, your penny trail money pays to change thin and sick children into healthy ones.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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