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PLMR’s Night Out for HEAL

09/10/12
Last weekend three members of the PLMR team journeyed to Peterborough to attend the 20th Anniversary Celebration of HEAL (Health and Education for All) a wonderful charity which supports, educates and cares for over 1,000 orphaned or underprivileged children in India.

The night was an Indian themed celebration recognising the charity’s accomplishments of the past 20 years. During this time the charity has developed some amazing projects, with the sole support of volunteers- not a penny of donations goes to administration staff or office costs.

The charity was set up by Dr Satya Prasad Koneruin in 1992 and started with a single house, donated by Dr Prasad himself and from these humble beginnings the charity has now created a number of life-changing projects. These projects include: Ankita Children’s Home, HEAL’s Children’s Village in Guntur, Makineni Health Centre and the Boy’s Hostel which combined shelter, support and care for over 270 orphaned and destitute children.

HEAL supports another 850 children who live in local slums, giving them the opportunity to attend school, and benefit from school meals,  their uniform and stationary is provided for them by HEAL. This is a part of HEAL’s aim to break the cycle of poverty which ensnares these children from birth.

Saturday’s event featured presentations from HEAL volunteers, a wonderful curry dinner, a raffle and live performance of authentic Punjabi music. With over 420 attendees the event raised an astonishing £6,000, all of which will go straight to the construction of the new Paradise eco-village. This new project, with a focus on sustainable living, will shelter and support up to 1,000 children giving them somewhere to live outside of the urban slums which provide little opportunity for their future. The village will also include a health centre, sport and art facilities, rooms for volunteers, vegetable gardens, a care home for the elderly and community buildings. They also hope to open a school for blind children in the future.

Even more remarkable is that the village is going to be built with recycled materials and will use sustainable technologies for its electricity, water and sewage provisions. This will ensure that the Paradise village will prosper in the future and not be plagued by high maintenance costs.

PLMR has been supporting HEAL with pro-bono work  for a number of years through our association with Green Energy Parks whose directors are trustees of the organisation. We are incredibly proud to be involved with a charity which has such a positive impact on the lives of these children. We hope to visit the project once it has been completed and see the results of 20 years hard work.

If you would like to donate to the Paradise Village you can do so at: http://www.healparadise.org/make-a-donation/

Left to right: Rebecca Newsom, Anokhi Madhavji, Jessica Bridgman

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