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.
The new Boys Accommodation block at our JSR Residential School for Special Needs Children is now complete! Now both boys and girls at the school can sleep comfortably and in separate quarters in order to comply with new Indian State law.
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!
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.
Members from the Special Olympics International team recently visited our flagship JSR Residential School for Children with Special Needs in Uttrakhand. Here they met with all our special athletes and their coaches.
We are so pleased to hear and see that progress on the new Boys Accommodation block at our JSR Residential School for Special Needs Children is going well. The new accommodation is on track to be completed by the end of the month.
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.
Thank you to Diane Audras and her young team of volunteers who have set up Passport for Education - a charity which helps support poor children in their education.
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!