Half a year has gone and I can’t believe it. It has been a tough time for me, up and down to Perth from Broome for treatment at Murdoch Hospital! Couldn’t have made it without Al of course. Not exactly a tourist run. But I’m doing OK, so I’m learning to live in the moment. Good days and bad days make it hard for me to do as much as I wish I could do for New Hope.
In it all I have not been able to get organized with a Newsletter to thank you for your support and keep you up to date.
The Love Bundle – Bundles of Love appeal, last year had a great response and many added odds and end of gifts which New Hope India appreciated. This picture is of the last distribution from the appeal. I smiled because I literally know a thousand women in the area of New Hope at Muniguda who will have received this and cataract surgery which means a change in their quality of life. Some of these women have known me for 28 years; incredible. Their children gained from real development with small items like Safe Delivery Kits.
In my book you will have read how I struggled through High School and with my mother and her whims and then harder still at Nursing, then when I saw the picture of the 6 girls who completed what we used to call High School Junior Certificate, my background and struggles seem like push over compared to the backgrounds and situation of each of these girls. I looked and smiled Small children have grown up in my own time and done so well through New Hopes determination to target girl’s education.
It is my worry that New Hope may start to slip through the cracks, when I am no longer here to boss everyone about! So as well as the Board in Perth, We now have an informal committee here in Broome who will do some fundraising as years roll on.
Can I also suggest to you that if you want regular bits of gossip, news and pictures from New Hope India, please become a friend on FACEBOOK : new hope india . Their Facebook page is a great way to get posts of what exactly going on over there! And also occasionally you get from Eliazar “Pearls of Wisdom”…….and sometimes the page is very Indian and I smile at the differences in culture, and often a lesson in love and caring even though they have so little. Brings me back to earth at times.
There will be a Love Bundle appeal much closer to Christmas, but let me say to you, if you want to have a fundraiser for New Hope, be it a small Morning Tea, or a game of Bridge or whatever, please do. I am worried about funds because I can no longer do anything physical and I’m not a one band, so would appreciate any help.
Maggie sister 2nd August 2017.