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Helping out in India

Written by Robin on Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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We’re sitting on a beach in Peru today, and we checked our email. We received a message from our cousin Shelley today – she’s a healthcare professional on her way back to India to volunteer at an orphanage that will really benefit from a little attention from the western world. Here is what she wrote:

Dear Family and Friends,

Families for Children (FFC) is a private, non profit, nonsectarian agency operating homes that care for hundreds of destitute children and women in India and Bangladesh. Although FFC does receive assistance from International groups, it is primarily a Canadian sponsored agency.

Five years ago, I travelled to the FFC site in Podanur, Tamil Nadu, India and volunteered for 4 weeks, helping where I was able. I had one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I am fortunate indeed to have the opportunity to once again visit FFC in India and am asking for your help.

She then went on to list a whole hockey bag or two of goods that would be highly appreciated if you live anywhere near her (Vancouver, Vancouver Island, or Kamploops in British Columbia, Canada).

When I leave for India on December 15th, I will have two large bags (imagine hockey bag style) that will make up my checked luggage. My goal is to fill those bags with items most needed at the orphanage. Here is a list I am specifically on the look out for:

  • Cloth diapers (all sizes and any type – old or new)
  • Plastic/rubber pants (to go over the above mentioned diapers)
  • Vaseline and Vaseline body lotion
  • Craft materials (wool, embroidery thread, scissors, glue, whatever you can think of and whatever you’re not using!)
  • Clay/molding materials
  • Colouring books
  • Large sized bibs (the adults in our special care centre use these)
  • Scrap book paper – all colours
  • Permanent markers
  • Washable markers
  • Tape in different colours
  • Wooden puzzles (ideally the kind with the knobs to hold the pieces)
  • Clean sweaters, caps, scarves, and socks (although it will be 24 to 32 degrees Celsius when I’m visiting, it’s their winter and they feel the colder temperatures). Children and adult sizes are needed as our special care centre residents are mostly sedentary.
  • Clean, soft toys
  • Books with sound/music/bright colours
  • Reading eye glasses
  • Learning toys suitable for pre-school and kindergarten aged children who have physical challenges (i.e. those that are blind, deaf, or with motor-skill challenges)

And since most of you (our readers) do not have the capacity to donate material goods to Shelley, we would like to help her out and give you the opportunity to donate money via the newcruiser.ca sponsor link (this link will take you to our PayPal account where you can pay by any major credit card or by a PayPal account if you have one.  Please note that our commercial site OverlandResource.com will show up at the top of the PayPal page be assured it is us, Robin and Raenelle behind it! Any money you send to us will be forwarded to her.

For more information of Families For Children, click here to read their blog or visit http://www.familiesforchildren.ca/.

Thanks Shelley for your efforts, and thanks everyone reading for helping out if you can! Her deadline for donations is December 15th.

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Comment by Anton (or Antoine in Ecudorian)
October 21, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

Hope you are having a good time. I haven’t had a chance to read all your updates but best wishes and good luck go out to your cousin.
I will check to see what you named your dog next.
Anton

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