Christmas Greetings

One of the real joys of the festive season is the opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ and to wish you the best for the New Year. May the New Year bring joy, peace and happiness to you and your entire family. Merry Christmas from all of us at Goodwill.

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Postal Address for India Office

If you wish to send a parcel or card to India, please use the following address:

Name of Child & ID

Goodwill Sponsorship Office

Gandhipuram

Pattiveeranpatti – 624 211

Dindigul District

Tamil Nadu

South India

 

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Office Closure over Festive Season

The Goodwill UK office will be closed from Monday 17th December until Friday, 4th January. During this period there will be no one to take calls or respond to emails. The Administrator will return to work on Monday 7th January 2019.

If you would like to send a parcel to India the address can be found in a separate message on the News Blog.

Thank you for your kind understanding.

The Administrator

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Autumn/Winter Newsletter

Since our last newsletter, a lot has been happening. The latest issue of the Goodwill Newsletter is now available online. Go to http://www.goodwillhomes.org.uk/about_us/newsletters to catch up on all the news.

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Thank You, Helen

Ms Helen Bishop has been a teacher for forty years, a magistrate for thirty- two and a Goodwill supporter in Sheffield since 1978. Now in St Albans where she moved in 2006 to be nearer her married daughters and grandchildren, she continues to support Goodwill in many ways. Helen served as a trustee from 2009 – 2013. She continues remaking cards and hosts Coffee mornings to raise money for Goodwill, and she has also been the link between Goodwill and St Albans Cathedral & Abbey that donates generously to the charity. Helen joined the Friends of Goodwill tour to India in 2017 after having previously visited with a friend.

To give recognition for her contribution towards the charity over many years, the Trustees presented Helen with a Certificate of Appreciation and a framed picture of the children.

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New Chairman & Trustees

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr David Neill as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Mrs Elaine Clark as Vice-Chairlady.  Although both have not been Trustees for long, they are familiar with the charity and each has visited the children’s homes in India more than 12 times. Both bring with them a wealth of experience from the education sector and a passion for the work we do in southern India.

We are also very pleased to confirm the appointment of five new trustees who will serve on the Board. Between them, our new Trustees bring a fresh perspective and new skills and experience which will strengthen the Board’s ability to serve our children effectively.  Mrs Deepti Sandur has been elected Treasurer. We anticipate that her skills and experience will be an asset to our Board and we look forward to working with her.

We also extend a warm thank you to Quentin Edwards and Andrew Ling. After serving more than 13 years each on the Goodwill board of Trustees, both stood down at the recent AGM.

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Farewell Quentin

Children, staff and members of the Indian Committee held a special function at Thandigudi to say farewell to Quentin Edwards who recently stepped down as Chairman of the UK Charity. Quentin was invited to become a Goodwill Trustee in 2004 and in September 2014 he was elected Chairman when Prof Alan Hay retired from the Board of Trustees.

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New Uniforms for PVP Girls

This year the Tamil Nadu government introduced four types of new uniform colours for students studying in high and higher secondary classes in government schools. The uniforms are different for primary, middle, high and higher secondary students. In the past students of all government, schools wore the same red and light-sandal coloured uniforms for both boys and girls. According to sources, this change will help differentiate these students from those studying in the primary and middle school and will also instil confidence in them.

Our girls wearing their new school uniforms.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Invitation

The Chairman and Trustees have pleasure in inviting you to attend our 2018 Annual General Meeting and presentation of our Annual Report and Accounts.

Date:          Saturday, 6 October 2018

Time:         10:30 for 11:00 till 12:00

Venue:      Whitefriars  Conference Room, 2nd Floor,  Lewins  Mead, Bristol, BS1  NT

Guest speaker:  Miss Mary Thorne, a long-time supporter will speak on her relationship with Goodwill Children’s Homes since childhood and her recent visit to India.

Light refreshments will be served.

Booking is essential as places are limited.

RSVP:  Please contact Theresa van der Merwe before or on 1 October on 0117 3250 550 or email admin@goodwillhomes.org.uk to confirm your attendance.

 

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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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