Hands On India Foundation 2014. Giving Back on my Third Volunteer Trip, Can You Help Us Help Them?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Hi all, 

If you've been a follower of my Blog from the start you'll know that I went on a volunteer trip to Nepal last year. Our small team of 14 young people from WA raised around $28 000 to renovate and build a school for the most impoverished children in Nepal. We worked with the locals to provide what was necessary for the community. Click here to read my posts on the work we did at the school. That was my second volunteer trip. With the recent coining of the term 'voluntourism' (Google it!) you really do need to be careful about choosing your volunteer trips. 

This year I am going on my third volunteering mission, this time with Hands on India. Hands on India is a nationally recognised program supported throughout the Chiropractic professions. The program is directed at providing relief and aid to the citizens of India, who are not exposed to modern and accurate medical attention. In November/December of this year, 11 Chiropractic fourth year students will be travelling to India to assist with relief and provide aid and medical treatment. We are all paying our own flights and accomodation out of our own pockets.

100% of all donations received will be spent on providing sustainable health to the communities and ensuring that the students are equipped to treat.

We will be traveling to the slums of Siliguri and treating the Untouchables. If you didn't know, the name 'Untouchables' is given to people tainted by their birth into a caste system that deems them impure, less than human. Please read this article by National Geographic to further understand their plight. 

We are also using the money to sponsor children and families so that they can receive an education instead of working as a 'rock breaker' to support their families.

This is what a 'rock breaker' does 6 days a week, all day. They sit in the burning sun and literally break rocks so that the smaller pieces can be used in roads etc. They start working from 3 years old. The little girl in the picture is named Rina. She is 5 years old and has been working for a year. Picture and info taken from this article.

If any companies would like to donate cash, products or vouchers for us to raffle off at our various events throughout the year, please drop me an email at kimberleylye@gmail.com. It is a great way to advertise your company as we will be featuring your logo on the prizes and powerpoint presentations!

If any readers would like to donate a small sum of money- you can do so into our Hands On India bank account: 

Hands On India
BSB: 806-036 
Account number: 03624863

Any small donation counts! We'd be happy with $5! If you do so, could you please enter 'KimKine' into the description so we know where the money is coming from.  

At the moment we are trying really hard to come up with sponsors for prizes at our events coming up which include a quiz night, raffles and our charity ball. It's been difficult but really fruitful so far. At the moment I am trying to study, work and save so that I can pay my flights and accommodation for this trip. 

Please help us help them.


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