Posted by: helpachildtostudy | April 6, 2010

A visit to Karnataka by our new Spanish partners!

At the beginning of March we had some very interesting visitors to see our work, Pedro and Alejandro from the organization Ninos de la India (Children of India), in Spain. Ninos de la India raises money within Spain for NGOs in India and were looking to sponsor a project particularly dealing with higher education. Thanks to our friends at ATMA Mumbai, Alejandro and Pedro were able to get in touch with us and wanted to see Help A Child’s work in action so we organized a trip down to Karnataka for them.

Over the next three days we drove through many villages and towns, introducing them to our students and showing them their way of life. Pedro and Alejandro were amazed not only to see the impact of the project but also to see the conditions our students live in. They were particularly affected to see where Sunanda Hosapetti, a Diploma of Education student, lives with her family. Sunanda and her parents stay in a thatched hut with no electricity or running water. Every day Sunanda cycles 6km to her college to attend classes, showing a great dedication towards her education.

The visit left them deeply moved and Alejandro and Pedro have pledged to try and raise money for Help A Child on their return to Spain. We’re happy that we’ve found a new partner to link with, and one that is so enthusiastic about our work.

The extra funding provided by Ninos de la India will also help us to expand our work, reaching out to more students in even more locations. It gives us a confidence that we will have the means to expand to more locations in future and also to meet our target of 750 students for this year!

Pedro and Alejandro with Jayashree Badiger and her family

Pedro and Alejandro with Jayashree Badiger and her family

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