Funded by: TFWA Care and Sanat and Sheetal Mehta
Cost: £20,500. Opened: 2013
It is almost 12 years since John Hunt saw the dreadful conditions the Bakshi Panch children were living under – 24 girls sleeping in a mouse infested hovel! Sanat Mehta, Finance Minister of Gujarat, made a plea to Lotus Flower Trust to ask for help with projects for the Salt workers children. They live some of the most awful lives in India. Their parents are trapped in Bonded Labour - in debt all their lives.
Through the generosity of TFWA Care and Shramik Vikas Sansthan, Vadodra, a local NGO run by Sanat Mehta himself and his son Sheetal, The Trust was able to build a school and home for more than 100 children.
With additional joint funds, the Trust also completed the construction of staff quarters for the Home Mother and Teachers. As many of the children have discoloured hair, it is thought due to the excess salt in the water, the Trust also funded and installed a water purification plant for the school.