Presentation of school bags

In June 2011, at the start of the Indian academic year, HEAL project manager Steve Sargent presented HEAL school-bags and exercise books to the children of the local ‘government’ primary schools in the two villages where the new Paradise project is located.

The schools receive the minimal funding from the state, and operate on a shoestring. The pupils are mostly from poor rural families.

Steve said, “We are delighted to support the local school next to our site, and to make friends with the people of Thotapalli and Narasingapalem in general.

HEAL has already had a very warm reception here. Even at the beginning of our project, we’ve been able to provide employment opportunities for villagers, and there will be a lot more as the project takes off. I’m very happy that we’ve been made so welcome.”