As I travel around India with my colleague Ashok Tripathi, we are introduced to many people and told many stories, some of them shocking and beyond belief. This short story is about 30-year-old Kavita Bisht, one of the most inspirational people I have ever met and who has a shocking tale to tell about an acid attack made on her at the age of eighteen.
Thanks to a generous donation of £15,000 from Gebr. Heinemann and Estée Lauder, we are excited to announce that the much needed Dining Room, Kitchen, Toilets and Washing Facilities at Nalanda Primary School in Ladakh are now complete and look amazing. Most importantly, the teachers and children are delighted with the results!
A large workshop for the recycling machine, along with a warehouse for materials, are now completed at PAGIR - the People’s Action Group for Inclusion and Rights. A pioneer project which Lotus Flower Trust is so proud to have raised funds for, PAGIR is run by a community of people with various physical and mental special needs in Ladakh…
Along life's bumpy way we meet some people who change our lives forever, as we try to help others here at Lotus Flower Trust HQ. It is very sad when these people who have made a difference by offering their kindness, generosity and talents over many years pass away, but these gifts do live on and we will always be grateful for their valued friendship and support.
Thanks to all those who supported the 14 strong team of LFT Runners at the Hatfield Broad Oak 10K on 28th May and helped them to raise more than £150 towards the Lotus Flower Trust.
The team are so committed to running and raising for the charity that they also recently completed the High Easter 10K on the hottest day of the year so far. To date the runners have raised an amazing £10,500 towards LFT Projects in India. On behalf of all the lives you are helping to change, we are so proud and grateful! Keep running!
The Mar Thomas Munsiari School is one of the remotest schools in Uttrakhand. At around 35 miles from the Tibetan/Chinese border in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, it is situated treacherously close to the edge of a high slope and is in dire need of relocation, reconstruction and repair.
Two teams of boys from Winchester College are to be congratulated on the completion of the residential accommodation at Lamdon Jamyang School in Khalste, Ladakh. The new block enables 60 of the 300 children who attend, to stay on site, instead of travelling up to two hours each way by foot or bus in order to come to school, dramatically improving their education.
Last week we were sent photographs from the headteacher Mrs Joshee at our KM Johny Primary School in Tamil Nadu, funded by staff from BSkyB in the UK and India. The photos show the children, staff and their parents all receiving sight tests, funded locally. This will no doubt improve their lives and education considerably! It is so great to see this wonderful school for Dalit ('untouchable') children going from strength to strength.
We're so proud of all our friends with special needs and their carers at our Peoples Action Group for Inclusion and Rights Centre in Ladakh. As the temperature is currently minus 20 degrees, it's very easy to make an ice rink as you can see in this photograph of them having fun playing ice hockey! Amazing!
The year 2018 starts with a strong resolve to continue to change lives at Lotus Flower Trust. The building of the Boys Accommodation block at the JSR Home is currently underway. We look forward to sharing photographs soon. Plus the Ladies Community Skills Centre project in Nua, Rajasthan, funded by CBD Charitable Trust.