New Hope Newsletter 2020
Just a short Newsletter to thank everyone who has supported us during this stressful Corona Virus time. Our aim has been to keep all those who we care for as safe as possible to prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure those vulnerable like Tribal people in villages and Leprosy affected aged in colonies both safe and ensure food provisions and medical care. None of this has been easy both in management and financially. Sorry, we have missed sending some children sponsor letter – Like many organizations we are short-staffed as people are unable to come to work with lockdowns and ‘red zones’.
We have stayed ‘stocked up’ with food material because no one has any idea about further lockdowns. With the Lockdowns leprosy persons were unable to go out begging and even if they could have – all shops were shut! Irony all the way. NO SCHOOLS – Occupying the children with us in Kothavalasa turned out to be easy. They gardened and produced fresh vegetables – almost 75% of what was needed. Namaste House children understood how to be safe when people came near the Eye Hospital (Closed but many aged Tribal’s didn’t understand this and found it hard to grasp the ‘virus’ problem.)
Kothavalasa sewing group expanded ad they stitched hundreds of masks and gave most away to nearby village people who come by our Community Centre.
Children are getting and enjoying study sessions set up by the seniors, younger ones have had as much drawing material as they liked. Senior girls have cooked with no-cook coming in. One senior girl has almost completed a Food Management Course – so that helped us out. I am going back and forth to Muniguda to ensure both projects are managed and we have planted our rice crop that supports the Namaste House and Leprosy persons – good monsoon. Deanne Chatt the New Hope Australia Trust, Secretary will send a newsletter out and I am sure the Broome and Darwin Friends of New Hope will have Love Bundle cards too. (Deane Chatt and family have been very long time friends of Maggie sister and Allan, long time involvement in New Hoe Australia and UK) and visited New Hope India. We are thankful for the continued support and involvement of the New Hope Australia Board with the greatest of co-operation. Thank you in all ways
Eliazar, Director of New Hope