Guntur girls sign up for HEAL young ambassador roles A group of girls from the HEAL Children’s Village, Guntur, called in at Paradise Village. They are pictured with HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru and volunteer Anita Rao TO coincide with National Girl Child Day in India, HEAL is launching plans to set up a Young Ambassadors Society so that students will not be lost once they complete their further education and “fly the nest”. A group of six senior girls from HEAL Children’s Village, Guntur, paid a visit to sister school Paradise Village at Thotapalli to meet up with the charity’s founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru and become the first names in an official ‘Leavers Book’, which will be updated annually. The girls from Guntur Children’s Village are the first entries in the new HEAL Leavers Book The girls, who have stayed living at the Guntur Children’s Village while continuing their post-Polytechnic studies at Sri Mittapalli College of Engineering, Thummalapalem, are already in the later stages of their further education, although Dr Prasad has offered them additional skills development training at Paradise should they want it. But HEAL are particularly keen not to lose contact with any of their former students, either residential or as part of the Poverty Trap scheme, and want to make sure that all leavers stay in direct contact with the charity and each other in future. The visitors from Guntur enjoyed spending time with their younger ‘sisters’ from Paradise Village “The idea of a HEAL Young Ambassadors Society has been considered for some time, but now that the children who first came to us 20 or more years ago are heading out into the world we want to make sure none of them are lost to the HEAL family,” said director of communications Jem King. “We think it’s important that they not only stay in touch with their friends, carers and teachers, but come back to Paradise at least once a year to share their ideas and experiences with our other up-and-coming students. The girls from Guntur take a ‘selfie’ with HEAL UK director Jem King outside Paradise School “Our younger children can benefit greatly from mixing with and listening to the ever-increasing number of young adults who are making their mark on the world in various careers and walks of life after growing up with HEAL. “It is also very rewarding for our many child sponsors to see small children – some abandoned at birth or orphaned – they first sponsored many years ago now reaching adulthood and growing into true ambassadors for HEAL. “Our senior administrator at Guntur, Marudwathi, has been keeping a close eye on the progress of school leavers from the Children’s Village and that process will be duplicated by Paradise secretary Laxmi as the school there quickly becomes established and students eventually fly the nest.” HEAL founder Dr Prasad shares some words of wisdom with the girl from the Children’s Village The girls from Guntur village – Bhavani, Lakshmi C, Anusha, Lakshmi P and Vijaya Lakshmi are all currently studying Electronics & Communication Engineering, while Aswini is focusing on Computer & Science Engineering – are the first names to be entered into the new Leavers Book. Others will soon be added, including Mamatha, the first HEAL baby from Guntur Children’s Village to complete her studies and head out into the world of work. It is now possible to support a HEAL child through their entire education with a Lifetime Sponsorship. What better way to celebrate Girls Day than to sponsor a female student for their entire school life than to sign up for a Lifetime Sponsorship today? To find out more, please visit the How to Help section of the HEAL website.