I am currently staying at the Day Spring Home in Tamil Nadu, India. Home to 26 children whose parents either died or grew too sick from AIDS or TB to care for them, the home provides basic food and shelter for its children. The home is part of Blossom Trust, which runs a series of programs for women, children, and particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS and TB. A very small donation will go a LONG way in providing some basic necessities for these children.
Blossom is a trust in India which has developed into a variety of programs (an organic farm on the premises, with a goal of providing primarily for children's meals, a daycare center, support systems for women, an educational theater progrmam, and many others). These programs can be viewed in detail at www.blossomtrust.org.in. With no regular source of income, it operates primarily on donations raised by volunteers who come to stay.
The organization has detailed how far your money can go. It costs less than $700 to operate the entire home for the children per month, including electricity, cooking supplies, food, medical expenses, etc. Having just arrived at Blossom, my primary focus for fundraising is health and hygiene. The children have basic amenities but are lacking in some simple hygienic education, and while they are supplied three meals a day, the primary component of these meals is white rice. I would like to encourage the students to take care of themselves and respect their bodies. Thus, my personal commitment while here is to use any money fundraised to purchase fruit for daily consumption by the children, and use any extra for purchasing simple requirements for hygiene (soap, toothpaste, etc.). It seems simple, but small steps are important for making strides toward healthy living, and in a home of 26 children I think promoting healthy habits is important at a young age.
I only ask a few dollars (it goes quite far in India) if you can spare it before Friday, December 5th, so I can utilize this money for its intended goal. Money donated after this date will be just as beneficial in operating the other basic functions of the home.
Embrace giving this holiday season and do what you can! I hope to provide photos and updates to any and all donors. Thank you!