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  • Our Mission

    We are a UK charity committed to the alleviation of poverty and achieving lasting change for the children, families and villagers of Burlavaripalem, South 

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  • Elizabeth-Ann Charity Newsletter – Spring 2021

    Dear Friends,
    Because of current travel restrictions we have had to ask Vinay our Project Director and his wife, Benedicta to write this Newsletter – so this is almost all their own work.
    To all supporters,
    Greetings to you in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Once again, we are glad to tell you about all the good works that are being done in the villages of Burlavaripalem and Barrypuram since October 2020.

    Food Distribution
    in Burlaparivalem

    Food Distribution in Lock Down in The Beautiful Village of Burlavaripalem
    12 times we distributed groceries, vegetables and a few food items to the people of Burlavaripalem, and Barrypuram. We did this every fortnight. Some of the poor people on the canal bank approached us requesting us for help. As people had no work in the lock down, they were struggling for food. So, we shared the groceries to them too. Though this was a difficult job, we got immense happiness in doing this. We thank all our supporters who helped us.

    Pension For Elderly People
    Every month we give a pension of 500 rupees (£5) to 57 elderly people and widows in Burlavaripalem. Mary gives pension to other village elderly people. In Barrypuram too 7 elderly people get pension.

    Akash P (9)
    Brother Karthika. P (11)
    Divya Jyothi (11)
    Jogi Manasa (11)

    New Home Inmates
    Two boys and two girls finished their 10th class. Because of corona, there wasn't any public exam and every one was promoted. In the place of outgoing children, we have taken two boys and two girls. See picture to the right.

    Pavan Kumar
    We are very happy to tell you that our first inmate of Elizabeth-Ann Home will be soon finishing his MBA degree. At present he is doing his 4th semester. He will be taking his final exam in the month of May.

    Afternoon Meal For The Widows And Elderly
    16 widows and elderly people are provided with nutritious food every afternoon from Monday to Friday. The elderly feel that it is a great blessing to get food every afternoon. There are 2 elderly ladies who can’t walk and their granddaughters take them food.

    Evening Tuition Class

    Girl's Study Room
    In February 2020, during Michael and Julie 's visit, the girls were using church verandah for study purpose. So, Michael and Julie asked us to construct a study room for girls. We couldn't proceed with the construction then because of lock down. Now we have finished half the construction and we will finish it before June. After the lock down, we have started the regular evening tuition classes for children in the evening. They are monitored by Benedicta and two other teachers. Nearly 70 children make use of this facility. Students from Hindu village too attend the classes.

    Yanadi Village of Barrypuram
    Barrypuram people are doing well. They have conveyed their thanks to all the supporters for providing pension for the elderly, for the biscuits and snacks for the school children and also for supporting them with groceries during lock down.

    Golden Bells School in Chittoor
    We at Golden Bells realise that this is a really worrying time for everyone as the second wave strain troubles the entire world. This Covid- 19 has put on hold the education of several children who have stopped attending classes. Some of our children have been forced into child labour as they need to earn money which is more urgent than getting education. When questioned, the student said that his father is the breadwinner of the family where 6 members have to be fed. Many of our parents who are daily labourers lost their jobs and now earn Rs.1000/- and previously it's Rs 5000/-. During lockdown we were on ventilators but with the support of Elizabeth-Ann Charity, we were able to distribute groceries to the poor and needy. As 15 students receive scholarships they were able to continue their studies without any hindrance. Our Government encouraged online classes, but most students do not have resources to attend online classes. We had very tough time in not reaching our students through online classes. Even some of our girls began to work as domestic helpers. As it's hand to mouth existence for private teachers, we couldn't pay salaries properly as many students failed to attend school. When they didn't attend, they never paid fees. Even our teachers sought for extra work to earn but no jobs found. Now students are busy preparing their Government examinations which are going to be held from May 15th with Mask and maintaining social distance in the midst of high temperature. We do have some repairs which will be taken up after May 15th. With love and prayers Vidya (Principal)

    Elizabeth-Ann Home Children

    Semi-Christmas and Elizabeth-Ann's Birthday Celebrations
    We celebrated semi-Christmas and Elizabeth-Ann's 47th birthday on 17th of December in a grand way. We distributed new clothes to all the Elizabeth-Ann Home children. For the elderly people we gave good blankets. We made the event more special by giving some of the blankets to Hindu village too. We prepared delicious biriani rice and chicken for more than 400 people. Everyone looked very happy. We thank all our supporters especially Peter Thompson for helping us to provide good Christmas meal. We thank Michael and Julie, Richard and Judy and all the charity supporters for their love and support. We promise you that we will do our best in accomplishing the task assigned to us. In turn Michael and Julie would also like to thank Vinay and Benedicta very much for all their tremendous hard work for The Elizabeth-Ann Charity and you our wonderful and loyal supporters throughout this difficult time of Covid.

    From: Michael and Julie Davies, Whitehaven BA15 2RQ 01225 863626

    Elizabeth-Ann Charity Newsletter – Spring 2020

    Dear Friends,
    We are recently back from our annual visit to India. All plans went well and we were privileged to spend a week in Burlavaripalem village, Andhra Pradesh and a couple of days with our Golden Bell School friends 200 miles south in Chittoor. Thank you so much to all you, our many supporters and Utility Warehouse customers who enable Vinay and Benedicta (our Project Director and his wife) to do the wonderful work there helping the very poor villagers and we give them enormous thanks for their continuing and tireless work and dedication to The E-A Charity. Elizabeth-Ann is so happy, I feel sure, at the wonderful transformation in these poor people's lives.
    On our arrival in the village of Burlavaripalem we were greeted first by Rinko the dog furiously wagging his tail and then were amazed to see 60 children waiting to welcome us on apron of Mary’s Church and were sprinkled with flower petals and then all the children plus 2 teachers sang us a song. What a fantastic welcome!

    Vennela & Vimal

    Exciting new developments since last year are that several children from across the road in the Hindu Burlavaripalem are now coming over to the Christian Burlavaripalem village side to study every day and also came along to the Seaside Day etc.
    One major factor that has been evolving is that the local government now require Boys and Girls to keep in separate areas when eating and doing their homework. Consequently, we now accommodate 15 boys in the Elizabeth-Ann Home – Whereas the 22 girls now return every night to their family homes. Still 37 children altogether, being supported with food, clothing and help with their studies both morning and evening. The girls are a great help to their families now, as when they return home late in the evening they help their parents with the chores, such as washing up, sweeping and even cooking. Many of the parents are daily labourers who work all day picking chillies and come home very tired.

    Elizabeth Ann Home Children   
    We are now taking in more girls than boys as they tend to study better on the whole and Julie met 7 new girls Buela Gracy (known as Honey), Blessy, Keerthi, Harika, Siri valley, Keerthana, and Jyothsna. Julie interviewed all the children and took photos of them. For the future Vinay would very much like to build a shelter near the church where the girls can eat and do their homework when Mary has Church Services and also when it rains. (This will cost approximately £2,500).

    Water Plant: The new water plant was installed in the first week of February 2019 and continues to work well and provides clean drinking water free to our children and the local school – other villagers can buy this water for 4 rupees for 20 litres to save them having to purchase water in the town of Chirala nearby. The water output is regularly tested.

    Sewing Ladies

    Sewing Ladies: We met with 29 young girls who have a lovely smiley Muslim lady teacher who has been giving them sewing lessons every day. We had a delicious lunch meal with the girls and they showed us their work. They now have 11 sewing machines which they share and need a special table large enough to cut up their material on (£100) and each of them need some material to make clothes with. Thank you SO much to so many kind supporters helping these girls, they are very grateful and very happy.

    We had one lovely day at the seaside – day temperature around 25°C and very little rain! The Seaside Day is very much looked forward to all year by all the children and they love to lie in the water fully clothed and have fun splashing each other and laughing. The children work SO hard all the time; it is great to see them having this treat. We have a picnic on the beach with tamarind rice with little nuts in it and hard boiled eggs followed by an ice cream for everyone coated with chocolate and nuts, delicious! 98 children and grownups went on this trip in 2 white buses and it was a lot of fun for everyone. We were so happy that both Vinay and Benedicta’s children came with us. They are Cynthia and her husband John and also their son Keerthan who took photos. They had travelled some distance to be with us and help their parents.

    Elderly Pensions

    We had semi-formal meetings with the Elderly – when they received their monthly pensions, now £3.50 a month. Julie would like to increase this to £5 a month as she has found out that £3.50 is not enough for a proper breakfast, as the money in India has gone up. Many elderly people are so frail and vulnerable and try to survive on just 1 meal a day which is simply not enough for them. Also, Julie saw Yesuprema the very sad lady that she met last year whose husband and son had died and didn’t have enough rice to live on and was delighted to see that she now looks like a different person smiling and happy and enjoying fellowship with the other ladies in the group. We now support 51 Elderly people.

    ATTENTION KIND DONORS WHO DO THE “ 166 PROJECT ” (the scheme which is £1 a month). This project started in 2007 and was to raise money for the children in the Elizabeth-Ann Home. Thank you all SO much for doing this, it is an enormous help and we are so grateful to you. We wondered if you could kindly consider supporting the Elderly too with £1 (by upping your amount to £2 a month if possible.) The children and the elderly are the 2 chief projects we do. This would be fantastic, so we can support all these very vulnerable dear elderly ones with a proper breakfast each day.

    We witnessed the monthly visit by Doctor Prasad the local nurse was there too who supplies prescribed medicines. He saw about 50 people in quick succession in about 3 hours. We met with the micro-finance (savings) group and saw about 20 ladies, several of whom wanted to borrow money to help pay the fees for their children to attend English Medium Schools. We also met with the E-A Home Governors.

    Julie with
    Padma & Mariamma

    We visited the Yanadi Village of Barrypuram and were given coconuts to drink and did some singing and we looked inside 3 of the new houses built there including Padma's, a lady of great character. Gypsy Tribal people and were originally living in horrible shacks, some very low to the ground and now have a beautiful village with lovely houses with 7 more to be built. Vinay is there a lot supervising the building and goes over every Sunday to take a Service in the little Church there. Many of the Yanadis are now Christians. The people are very grateful for all that has been done for them by Barry Watson, the E-A Charity, the Government and all Vinay's hard work.

    The first student, who passed out of our Elizabeth-Ann Home and now to continue his Master of Business Management in  
    Karunya University, is doing well. We are so grateful for the support from Sarah Kenyo's mother-in-law's Nancy Kenyon Charitable Trust which is helping Pavan.  

    Vinay told Julia that The Elizabeth-Ann Charity is now helping a large number of poor families and we thank you all so much.

     

    Vidya

    GOLDEN  BELLS SCHOOL   
    We visited  Golden Bells School.  Not  a school  day  so  no uniforms! We were given a marvellous welcome and given many, about 100, beautiful  hand-made welcome cards that they had created. Once a month volunteers attend a cooking class so lots of goodies to taste!  Julie now has the cards up on display on the door at “Whitehaven”. The school got an amazing result 100% in 10th grade Government Public Exams recently. Vidya (the Principal) works alongside the children even doing the exams herself. She has such faith and trust in God it is wonderful to see. Golden Bells is truly a very special school and we thank all the kind people who help support Golden Bells.

    Elizabeth-Ann Charity Newsletter – Spring 2021

    Dear Friends,
    Because of current travel restrictions we have had to ask Vinay our Project Director and his wife, Benedicta to write this Newsletter – so this is almost all their own work.
    To all supporters,
    Greetings to you in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Once again, we are glad to tell you about all the good works that are being done in the villages of Burlavaripalem and Barrypuram since October 2020.

    Food Distribution
    in Burlaparivalem

    Food Distribution in Lock Down in The Beautiful Village of Burlavaripalem
    12 times we distributed groceries, vegetables and a few food items to the people of Burlavaripalem, and Barrypuram. We did this every fortnight. Some of the poor people on the canal bank approached us requesting us for help. As people had no work in the lock down, they were struggling for food. So, we shared the groceries to them too. Though this was a difficult job, we got immense happiness in doing this. We thank all our supporters who helped us.

    Pension For Elderly People
    Every month we give a pension of 500 rupees (£5) to 57 elderly people and widows in Burlavaripalem. Mary gives pension to other village elderly people. In Barrypuram too 7 elderly people get pension.

    Akash P (9)
    Brother Karthika. P (11)
    Divya Jyothi (11)
    Jogi Manasa (11)

    New Home Inmates
    Two boys and two girls finished their 10th class. Because of corona, there wasn't any public exam and every one was promoted. In the place of outgoing children, we have taken two boys and two girls. See picture to the right.

    Pavan Kumar
    We are very happy to tell you that our first inmate of Elizabeth-Ann Home will be soon finishing his MBA degree. At present he is doing his 4th semester. He will be taking his final exam in the month of May.

    Afternoon Meal For The Widows And Elderly
    16 widows and elderly people are provided with nutritious food every afternoon from Monday to Friday. The elderly feel that it is a great blessing to get food every afternoon. There are 2 elderly ladies who can’t walk and their granddaughters take them food.

    Evening Tuition Class

    Girl's Study Room
    In February 2020, during Michael and Julie 's visit, the girls were using church verandah for study purpose. So, Michael and Julie asked us to construct a study room for girls. We couldn't proceed with the construction then because of lock down. Now we have finished half the construction and we will finish it before June. After the lock down, we have started the regular evening tuition classes for children in the evening. They are monitored by Benedicta and two other teachers. Nearly 70 children make use of this facility. Students from Hindu village too attend the classes.

    Yanadi Village of Barrypuram
    Barrypuram people are doing well. They have conveyed their thanks to all the supporters for providing pension for the elderly, for the biscuits and snacks for the school children and also for supporting them with groceries during lock down.

    Golden Bells School in Chittoor
    We at Golden Bells realise that this is a really worrying time for everyone as the second wave strain troubles the entire world. This Covid- 19 has put on hold the education of several children who have stopped attending classes. Some of our children have been forced into child labour as they need to earn money which is more urgent than getting education. When questioned, the student said that his father is the breadwinner of the family where 6 members have to be fed. Many of our parents who are daily labourers lost their jobs and now earn Rs.1000/- and previously it's Rs 5000/-. During lockdown we were on ventilators but with the support of Elizabeth-Ann Charity, we were able to distribute groceries to the poor and needy. As 15 students receive scholarships they were able to continue their studies without any hindrance. Our Government encouraged online classes, but most students do not have resources to attend online classes. We had very tough time in not reaching our students through online classes. Even some of our girls began to work as domestic helpers. As it's hand to mouth existence for private teachers, we couldn't pay salaries properly as many students failed to attend school. When they didn't attend, they never paid fees. Even our teachers sought for extra work to earn but no jobs found. Now students are busy preparing their Government examinations which are going to be held from May 15th with Mask and maintaining social distance in the midst of high temperature. We do have some repairs which will be taken up after May 15th. With love and prayers Vidya (Principal)

    Elizabeth-Ann Home Children

    Semi-Christmas and Elizabeth-Ann's Birthday Celebrations
    We celebrated semi-Christmas and Elizabeth-Ann's 47th birthday on 17th of December in a grand way. We distributed new clothes to all the Elizabeth-Ann Home children. For the elderly people we gave good blankets. We made the event more special by giving some of the blankets to Hindu village too. We prepared delicious biriani rice and chicken for more than 400 people. Everyone looked very happy. We thank all our supporters especially Peter Thompson for helping us to provide good Christmas meal. We thank Michael and Julie, Richard and Judy and all the charity supporters for their love and support. We promise you that we will do our best in accomplishing the task assigned to us. In turn Michael and Julie would also like to thank Vinay and Benedicta very much for all their tremendous hard work for The Elizabeth-Ann Charity and you our wonderful and loyal supporters throughout this difficult time of Covid.

    From: Michael and Julie Davies, Whitehaven BA15 2RQ 01225 863626

    Elizabeth-Ann Charity Newsletter – Spring 2020

    Dear Friends,
    We are recently back from our annual visit to India. All plans went well and we were privileged to spend a week in Burlavaripalem village, Andhra Pradesh and a couple of days with our Golden Bell School friends 200 miles south in Chittoor. Thank you so much to all you, our many supporters and Utility Warehouse customers who enable Vinay and Benedicta (our Project Director and his wife) to do the wonderful work there helping the very poor villagers and we give them enormous thanks for their continuing and tireless work and dedication to The E-A Charity. Elizabeth-Ann is so happy, I feel sure, at the wonderful transformation in these poor people's lives.
    On our arrival in the village of Burlavaripalem we were greeted first by Rinko the dog furiously wagging his tail and then were amazed to see 60 children waiting to welcome us on apron of Mary’s Church and were sprinkled with flower petals and then all the children plus 2 teachers sang us a song. What a fantastic welcome!

    Vennela & Vimal

    Exciting new developments since last year are that several children from across the road in the Hindu Burlavaripalem are now coming over to the Christian Burlavaripalem village side to study every day and also came along to the Seaside Day etc.
    One major factor that has been evolving is that the local government now require Boys and Girls to keep in separate areas when eating and doing their homework. Consequently, we now accommodate 15 boys in the Elizabeth-Ann Home – Whereas the 22 girls now return every night to their family homes. Still 37 children altogether, being supported with food, clothing and help with their studies both morning and evening. The girls are a great help to their families now, as when they return home late in the evening they help their parents with the chores, such as washing up, sweeping and even cooking. Many of the parents are daily labourers who work all day picking chillies and come home very tired.

    Elizabeth Ann Home Children   
    We are now taking in more girls than boys as they tend to study better on the whole and Julie met 7 new girls Buela Gracy (known as Honey), Blessy, Keerthi, Harika, Siri valley, Keerthana, and Jyothsna. Julie interviewed all the children and took photos of them. For the future Vinay would very much like to build a shelter near the church where the girls can eat and do their homework when Mary has Church Services and also when it rains. (This will cost approximately £2,500).

    Water Plant: The new water plant was installed in the first week of February 2019 and continues to work well and provides clean drinking water free to our children and the local school – other villagers can buy this water for 4 rupees for 20 litres to save them having to purchase water in the town of Chirala nearby. The water output is regularly tested.

    Sewing Ladies

    Sewing Ladies: We met with 29 young girls who have a lovely smiley Muslim lady teacher who has been giving them sewing lessons every day. We had a delicious lunch meal with the girls and they showed us their work. They now have 11 sewing machines which they share and need a special table large enough to cut up their material on (£100) and each of them need some material to make clothes with. Thank you SO much to so many kind supporters helping these girls, they are very grateful and very happy.

    We had one lovely day at the seaside – day temperature around 25°C and very little rain! The Seaside Day is very much looked forward to all year by all the children and they love to lie in the water fully clothed and have fun splashing each other and laughing. The children work SO hard all the time; it is great to see them having this treat. We have a picnic on the beach with tamarind rice with little nuts in it and hard boiled eggs followed by an ice cream for everyone coated with chocolate and nuts, delicious! 98 children and grownups went on this trip in 2 white buses and it was a lot of fun for everyone. We were so happy that both Vinay and Benedicta’s children came with us. They are Cynthia and her husband John and also their son Keerthan who took photos. They had travelled some distance to be with us and help their parents.

    Elderly Pensions

    We had semi-formal meetings with the Elderly – when they received their monthly pensions, now £3.50 a month. Julie would like to increase this to £5 a month as she has found out that £3.50 is not enough for a proper breakfast, as the money in India has gone up. Many elderly people are so frail and vulnerable and try to survive on just 1 meal a day which is simply not enough for them. Also, Julie saw Yesuprema the very sad lady that she met last year whose husband and son had died and didn’t have enough rice to live on and was delighted to see that she now looks like a different person smiling and happy and enjoying fellowship with the other ladies in the group. We now support 51 Elderly people.

    ATTENTION KIND DONORS WHO DO THE “ 166 PROJECT ” (the scheme which is £1 a month). This project started in 2007 and was to raise money for the children in the Elizabeth-Ann Home. Thank you all SO much for doing this, it is an enormous help and we are so grateful to you. We wondered if you could kindly consider supporting the Elderly too with £1 (by upping your amount to £2 a month if possible.) The children and the elderly are the 2 chief projects we do. This would be fantastic, so we can support all these very vulnerable dear elderly ones with a proper breakfast each day.

    We witnessed the monthly visit by Doctor Prasad the local nurse was there too who supplies prescribed medicines. He saw about 50 people in quick succession in about 3 hours. We met with the micro-finance (savings) group and saw about 20 ladies, several of whom wanted to borrow money to help pay the fees for their children to attend English Medium Schools. We also met with the E-A Home Governors.

    Julie with
    Padma & Mariamma

    We visited the Yanadi Village of Barrypuram and were given coconuts to drink and did some singing and we looked inside 3 of the new houses built there including Padma's, a lady of great character. Gypsy Tribal people and were originally living in horrible shacks, some very low to the ground and now have a beautiful village with lovely houses with 7 more to be built. Vinay is there a lot supervising the building and goes over every Sunday to take a Service in the little Church there. Many of the Yanadis are now Christians. The people are very grateful for all that has been done for them by Barry Watson, the E-A Charity, the Government and all Vinay's hard work.

    The first student, who passed out of our Elizabeth-Ann Home and now to continue his Master of Business Management in  
    Karunya University, is doing well. We are so grateful for the support from Sarah Kenyo's mother-in-law's Nancy Kenyon Charitable Trust which is helping Pavan.  

    Vinay told Julia that The Elizabeth-Ann Charity is now helping a large number of poor families and we thank you all so much.

     

    Vidya

    GOLDEN  BELLS SCHOOL   
    We visited  Golden Bells School.  Not  a school  day  so  no uniforms! We were given a marvellous welcome and given many, about 100, beautiful  hand-made welcome cards that they had created. Once a month volunteers attend a cooking class so lots of goodies to taste!  Julie now has the cards up on display on the door at “Whitehaven”. The school got an amazing result 100% in 10th grade Government Public Exams recently. Vidya (the Principal) works alongside the children even doing the exams herself. She has such faith and trust in God it is wonderful to see. Golden Bells is truly a very special school and we thank all the kind people who help support Golden Bells.

     

    WE PREFER CHEQUE DONATIONS

    Lloyds Sort Code: 30-98-75 Account No: 03418208
    or a cheque to:
    The Elizabeth-Ann Charity c/o Whitehaven,
    Leigh Road, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. BA15 2RQ
    Thank you

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