Dear Friends, for those of you who don't know the story: in November of 2007 Phill Booth (EETEP Aid projects manager) visited an orphanage in Chennai, India. On arrival his immediate reaction was to say
Pack up! We're leaving this place.
The city of Chennai is no place for children, the small rented building they had was ill-equipped and cramped. They ate, slept and played in one room and they couldn't play out as the streets of Chennai are constantly full of traffic. Even I found it hard to cross a road. It was like living in a little prison for them. They found it almost impossible to find rented accommodation for so many children and were forced to move around quite a lot.
After making some enquiries and having endless discussions about the future, a promise was made. The promise was simple: EETEP Aid would support the orphanage financially in the amount of £350 per month. We'd then find land in a better area and build a new orphanage there. Eighteen months later our dream is now a reality as our orphanage project has been completed. Our children now have a place to be proud of, at last a place to call home. We've delivered on our promise, from buying the land to building an orphanage we can all be proud of.
Many, many, many thanks to everyone who made a contribution. I can't thank you all enough. I'm sure eetep have put every penny of your kind donations to the very best use. Together we can move mountains. we've brought these children from a couple of rooms in Chennai to this. Words can't express what working together has achieved. We did it! Against all odds, we did it! Let us keep this momentum and do so much more; we have the experience and the support so let's use it. Every week new appeals drop into our inbox and we can achieve so much more if we continue to gain support. Although this orphanage has now been completed, we still need to send £400 for a water purifier, landline telephone connection and school fees for the year ahead.
The orphanage project has been our largest to date and we'd like to send a special thanks to the following supporters for all their fundraising efforts: William Burras (who's supported us from the start), Barbra Helm (Glossop), Catherine Sykes, Jennifer Castle, Danielle Booth (Penistone) and Heidi Herrington (although we've never met you Heidi, you've always delivered just when we needed it most). A big thanks also to all our supermarket bag packers: Antonia Smith, Andrew Sim, Mollie Eccles, Tom Ray, Sian Squires, Mike Howard, Debbie Fletcher, James Dennis, Jess Massey, Laura & Megan Fletcher, Bethany Price, Cody Donlan, Beverly Zastauny, Tania Squires, Chelsea Mcglone, Karen & Aiden Backhouse and all the Booth family (Eileen, Anthony, Tracy, John, Charmaine, Kayleigh & Samantha, Melissa Drake and Kayleigh Cass). And thank you to all our standing order supporters: Lilian Stokes, Tracy Booth, Eileen Booth, Mary Murgatroyd, Barbara Helm, Vivienne Clements, Jean Nichols, Colin Booth, Gail Brown, Mr & Mrs Courtney, Matt Nicholas, Kath Walker and Mike Jackson.
In total we receive £227 per month in sponsorship for Angels of Hope. I know times are hard in the UK but if you feel you're able to contribute even a few pounds a month please get in touch.
EETEP Aid will be calling a meeting of trustees in the next few days and we'll be deciding what project to take on next. Sadly there are three projects to choose from and due to the fact they are all in different countries we can only take on one at a time, but children's projects will always be given extra consideration.
EETEP Aid are putting together a team to enter the Manchester to Blackpool cycle ride (12-07-2009) to raise money via sponsorship, everybody welcome (contact us for details). Please consider a donation towards our work as we can't function without support. Thank you for reading.