Working together with schools and young people

Working together with schools and young people

It is always a delight for HEAL's trustees to hear from young people around the world who tell us they want to help those less fortunate than themselves. We are always looking to forge new links between schools here in the UK, in the USA, Australia and elsewhere, and the children living in our projects in India. Those in our care come from very poor backgrounds, often going without regular meals due to extreme poverty, and it means the world to them to know that young people on the opposite side of the world take the time to show they care.

Congratulations to some of our amazing young fundraisers, who have helped to change the lives of so many children living in extreme poverty in India. They include:

California schoolgirl Navya Konda helped install nine solar lights which she presented to the Bala Kuteer school after raising more than $600 through a highly successful phone-recycling project in and around San Jose. Navya, was already fondly remembered by everyone at the HEAL Children’s Village in Guntur after previous visits there in 2010 and 2012 (pictured above).

And Navya wasn’t finished there, teaming up with younger sister Vedya on another mission to bring cheer to the children at the HEAL Village. Wanting to do something that would benefit the children directly, the sisters made a phone call to HEAL, did some research, and decided that they wanted to buy new school supplies so that the children could have the best materials to receive the best education.

In order to raise money, the duo decided to sell Christmas cards and, working together, the girls made and sold over 20 card sets, earning a net profit of $200. The story of the kind-hearted sisters can be seen on the HEAL USA website here.

Jonah Burt, from Highfield Middle School, near Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, who went on a 24-hour sponsored famine to raise money for HEAL. You can read his story here.

Andrea Suarez Carrio and Hannah Robinson, of Cuiken Primary School, in Penicuik, near Edinburgh, Scotland, were very sad to find out about how many children in India live in really bad conditions, so they decided to do something about it and raised £325 by doing: a sponsored silence (one hour), guess the teddy’s birthday, guess the weight of a cake and how many jelly beans were in a jar.

Brother and sister Joel and Abi Knee raised money for HEAL by holding a bedroom clear-out sale and cake stall. Read about it in our news archive here.

Children at the Salvation Army Citadel, in Bourges Boulevard, Peterborough, made it into the local press after setting up a car wash and cleaning dozens of vehicles to raise money towards HEAL’s Cycle India fundraising event.

Laura Thompson, a schoolgirl from Stone in Staffordshire, raised money for HEAL with a sponsored walk.

HEAL has also been generously supported by:

  • Varndean School, Brighton, East Sussex
  • Abbots Hall Primary School, Stowmarket, Suffolk
  • Laxton Junior School, Oundle, Peterborough
  • Burton Latimer Junior Church, Northamptonshire
  • ‘Give Youth a Hand’, Hardingstone, Northamptonshire
  • Seagrave Primary School, Helston Drive, Strelley, Nottingham
  • Bulwell EAZ Student Council, Nottingham
  • River Lean School, Nottingham

If you or your school are looking to raise money for a children’s charity working in India, then we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Us page.

It means the world to the children in HEAL's care to know that young people on the opposite side of the world take the time to show they care

News from HEAL’s projects in India

  • Find out how the children of HEAL Paradise Village are benefiting from long-distance learning, working with computer tablets, and telling others about their daily lives via their own online newspaper, The HEAL Children’s Voice, in this article.
  • Read about students’ exam success story from the HEAL Children’s Village in Guntur.
  • Shepherd boy becomes star student and proves a real inspiration to all the children under HEAL’s care. Read Koteswara Nayak’s story here.
  • Newly-weds sponsor two sets of sisters at Bhadrachalam poverty trap school… learn more about how child sponsorship offers a brighter future for children from the poorest families in rural India.