TORP empowering women

Not long ago tribal people could wander through the mountainous forests unclothed and living in harmony with nature. Now those lands are owned and farmed by wealthy planters from the plains and there is no turning back to the Eden of the past.  The future for these people may be unknown but with literacy, education, technical skills, and aspiration there is hope, choice, and possibility.

At our TORP Training Centre at K.C. Patti Village local women get the opportunity to learn a new skill and earn for themselves. The training courses provided were selected to meet the aptitudes of tribal youth and adults, and the availability of employment prospects.

Tailoring is a skill that can be carried out from home or used to gain work in one of the many garment factories that have sprung up on the plains in recent years. Currently, we have about 10 women who practice basket weaving. The baskets they produce comes in three different sizes (S, M, and L) and it takes them up to 3-days to finish a basket. These baskets made from PVC plastic can carry a heavy load and are often used by teachers for carrying books. The baskets come in many different colours and designs and are on display at the TORP centre for visitors to purchase. Enquiries can be made to the Goodwill office in the UK or India.

 

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Spring/Summer Newsletter now online

Our latest newsletter is filled with lots of stories and news from India and can be viewed online at http://www.goodwillhomes.org.uk/about_us/newsletters

 

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Vacancy- Hon.Treasurer

Andrew Ling our Honorary Treasurer and Trustee since 2005 is retiring at the AGM in October. We are seeking interest from a finance professional to take on this role.

The Treasurer works closely with our Chairman, has responsibility for the financial affairs of the charity and supports the Chairman in managing our partnership with the Indian homes. There is also regular contact and support to the Administrator/Sponsorship Officer. Three Trustee Meetings are held during the year in Bristol and in total the role requires 2 days per month.

Andrew and his family are long-term donors to the charity and responded to a similar request for expression of interest and has found his involvement in Goodwill to be very rewarding.

If you would like to know more, please contact the Administrator on 0117 3250 550 to get in touch with Quentin Edwards (Chairman) or Andrew Ling (Treasurer).

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Privacy Policy

A message about your data

On May 25 the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, replacing the current Data Protection Act 1998. We want you to know that Goodwill is committed to making sure that our communications with you are secure, considered and welcome. We take the privacy and data security of our supporters and friends seriously. Our updated policy does not mean we’re changing the way we collect or use your information. We promise to respect any personal data you share with us, will keep it safe and not do anything you would not reasonably expect.

Please let us know if you wish to change the way we contact you. If you do not wish for your details to be used in any of the ways described in our Privacy Policy, then please email admin@goodwillhomes.org.uk. Our full Privacy Policy will soon be available on our website. If you do have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Friends of Goodwill Tour 2019

We’ve had an amazing response to our call to join our next tour to Southern India and have one more place left. The journey to Southern India takes you to the lush landscapes of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Except for when visiting the Goodwill villages, you will have the fully guided services of Rithu Destination Management who will be helping you to explore this most beautiful part of India at one of the best times of the year to visit, when the weather is cooler, less humid and dryer.You will enjoy all sorts of pleasures of the tourist kind, but you will also, and perhaps more importantly, experience the unique joys of sharing in the lives of the children in the Goodwill Homes.

If you are still considering going or know of someone who would like to join the small group,  please contact the Administrator for more information.

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Toy Trust support for TORP

Goodwill -TORP is supporting no less than 203 Tribal children in the 2018 academic year. With the support of the Toy Trust, TORP provided amongst others, play equipment to tribal children to encourage them to get active in playing sports and participate in activities at school.

Every academic year TORP provides indoor and outdoor play equipment to the children. TORP supplied them with cricket balls and bats, volleyballs, footballs, skipping ropes, chess boards, carom boards and many more.

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New Shower Room for Lara house

A very big thank you to the King’s School, Ottery St Mary and their local community who funded the building of the new shower room for our girls in Lara House.

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Goodwill Orphan flourishes at College

When ex- Canford student, Gemma visited Goodwill in February, she also got to meet and spent some time with Rajalakshmi** (pictured far right), an ex- Goodwill student from PVP Home.

” Aged 21, Raji is in her fourth and final year studying BSc. Nursing at the all-female Sacred Heart College just outside Dindigul. She is a beautiful and charming girl and her principal spoke very highly of both her academic work and of her temperament. Raji clearly loves her course and she spoke with enthusiasm about the clinical postings she and her classmates are sent on every morning. The girls get the opportunity to gain practical experience at a local hospital as well as witness some more complex procedures. Raji’s favourite component of her course is paediatric nursing – something she hopes to specialise in in the future. The social element of college life is also a big part of Raji’s time and she took time to introduce us to her 5 roommates. The girls in ‘room 13’ were all clearly very close friends and it was through them that we were told about Raji’s great artistic talent; she is apparently never seen without some new creation in her hands.

Older sister to Srimalar, Raji is an orphan and she relies on the support from the Goodwill charity for more than just educational help – it is her family. We can’t stress enough how important it is that you keep supporting children beyond school age and on into higher education. Although it may be that Raji and her contemporaries are no longer ‘children,’ often it is at this time when they are most in need of a helping hand”. Gemma Daubeney

** Rajalakshmi grew up in a small village in the district of Tamil Nadu where she lived with her parents and two younger siblings. Tragically she lost both her parents in a fatal accident when she was just 13 years old.

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See the Jewels of Southern India

We’re pleased to announce that our next Friends of Goodwill tour departs on 22nd February 2019. The journey to Southern India takes you to the lush landscapes of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Except for when visiting the Goodwill villages, you will have the fully guided services of Rithu Destination Management who will be helping you to explore this most beautiful part of India at one of the best times of the year to visit, when the weather is cooler, less humid and dryer.

The tour operator is based in Kerala and has been in the travel trade for decades. Most of them have lived and worked in Europe and are fully aware of what western travellers want.

This is what one of our supporters had to say about the tour he joined two years ago: “It is a truth universally acknowledged” – to coin a phrase- that a visit to a foreign country is greatly improved if you have some personal contacts there. And so, it is if you go on a Goodwill holiday to India. You will enjoy all sorts of pleasures of the tourist kind, but you will also, and perhaps more importantly, experience the unique joys of sharing in the lives of the children in the Goodwill Homes. Standing out in my memory: the dreamlike joy of a night on a Kerala rice boat, the exquisite dancing of the teenage girls in the Pattiveeranpatti home, the sight of one elderly gentleman in our party who met a 25 year old woman, with her own child, whom he had sponsored when she was herself an orphan in the home and had travelled hundreds of miles especially to see him. But speak to others who have visited the homes and they will have different and equally vivid memories. It is a personal and a group experience. And for those who have never been to India before, be assured, the accommodation is ideal, not lavish and extravagant, not marble hotels but comfortable and clean lodges. The plumbing- let’s be really fundamental- is ‘European’, to coin a euphemism. The food is excellent. The Indian travel agent who looks after the party is outstanding in his care and efficiency. And the Goodwill Homes? It is a privilege to be allowed to share in them.

My wife and I went on the Goodwill visit two years ago. It was a memorable experience: a dozen in the party and all sorts of tourist type pleasures. But best of all is the chance to visit the three Goodwill Homes, to meet the children and to spend four days getting a sense of the wonderful work being done by the staff to provide these youngsters with the start in life they otherwise would miss. For those of us who have been supporting Goodwill, albeit modestly, for many years it is a great reassurance that what we hoped was happening is indeed the reality. If you are not already a Goodwill supporter, it is a chance for you to decide if it is something that appeals. If you’ve never visited India and heard possibly discouraging stories, fear not: accommodation is ideal, the tour guide is truly excellent and the only creepy-crawly we saw was a snake charmer in a car park”.

For more information, contact the Administrator on 0117 3250 550 or email at admin@goodwillhomes.org.uk

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New Library for TORP School

Although financially, Goodwill’s Tribal Outreach Project might not be the largest it is perhaps the furthest reaching, connecting over 200 students from villages in the hills of Tamil Nadu and providing them with clothing and education. Visitors Mary and Myles recently witnessed some of the work that TORP does and were very impressed by the scale of TORP’s success. They visited 5 schools with children of varying ages and also met the lovely women who are part of TORP’s project that teaches young women to sew and to weave bags – skills that can help relieve a life of poverty. As special guests, Mary and Myles opened a new library at KC Patty school and Mary even gave a dramatic rendition of one of the new stories. We would like to commend Selvam and his team for the great work they do… thank you!

Credit: Gemma Daubeney

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