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COUK update.. a small world getting smaller

I haven’t chirped on much about the work that we raise funds for in India. This is for a number of reasons but at a time when it’s difficult to find positives in any ordinary day I do draw some comfort from knowing that somewhere, where children are not so fortunate as their western counterparts, there is real positive change taking place in real no nonsense lives.

Chaithanya Organisation based in B.Kothakota has been working on social and environmental projects since 1992. Our personal link with them began in 2007 and then became a “formal” link in 2014 when we set up Chaithanya Orphanage UK (COUK) to support orphaned children in the rural community.


And from small beginnings we have slowly expanded our reach through the work that Chaithanya in India performs on the ground. Actually, no, that’s the wrong way round. Chaithanya India have expanded their reach – we just help fund it.  They are the ones who do the real work.

COUK began by funding the daily requirements of just 7 orphaned children. That expanded to support orphans living with single parents or grandparents. These people live rural Andhra Pradesh, a 5 hour bus ride from the nearest city.

Saravan and the teachers
..Saravan talks planning..

We then supported educational classes for those who couldn’t attend school but could get to the Chaithanya premises in BKK. And now we are pushing those classes out to the agricultural areas where earning a living comes before school. Where kids who should be in school have to work and support families instead.

Class 1
… let’s get to work…

India may be a growing economy but most of that growth is seen in the cities, not the rural communities. Work is taking place to connect these communities. Roads are being built and an infrastructure being developed. However, in a complicated society of over a billion people shaking down the benefits to the rural communities can be difficult.

… dinner time …

“….Today, government rural schools remain poorly funded and understaffed. Several foundations, such as the Rural Development Foundation (Hyderabad), actively build high-quality rural schools, but the number of students served is small.

Education in rural India is valued differently from in an urban setting, with lower rates of completion. An imbalanced sex ratio exists within schools with 18% of males earning a high school diploma compared with only 10% of females. The estimated number of children who have never attended school in India is near 10 crore which reflects the low completion levels.This is the largest concentration in the world of youth who haven’t enrolled in school. …”(from Wikipedia)

And so we are aiming to have a small impact upon the educational prospects of a small number of disadvantaged young people in Andhra Pradesh.

Wash your plates

It’s not for us to get involved in lobbying or attempting to change any system. It’s not for us to presume that we know what is right for other peoples around the world. (If only our politicians would stand by that.) But in the spirit of helping those less fortunate we just happen to have a connection with Chaithanya Organisation in BKK, Andhra Pradesh and are willing and able to support the work they do in their community and for the poor children in the ‘Hood.

It’s pouring with rain here. It could make me miserable and often does. But I know that in Chittoor district in AP today there are some kids going to school because there are people working on the ground, doing the graft, to help them where they had little opportunity. If you can support us with donations or ideas for raising funds, or would just like to chat about what we do, please get in touch – email in the sidebar. I love talking about this stuff because at the end of the day little Sajeev doesn’t know me from Ganesha, but if we give him the chance of learning, he may be the one who leads us all to world peace.

It’s a small world – getting smaller.

Team photoJPG
Team photo

And as an aside, I love watching this video. I don’t know what the game is but Mrs. Monkey says she saw the kids playing it when she was there. It just looks like great fun, and there’s clearly some kind of scoring going on.

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