Arts & Crafts open up a whole new world for HEAL Paradise students

STUDENTS at HEAL Paradise Village have been showing their artistic side lately, with a new arts & crafts department capturing their imagination. Inspiration had come from many areas, not least the visits of self-taught artist Anita Rao, who has been asked to develop an art department for the children. She demonstrated her talents by creating […]

No let-up for Matthew and Jane as they prepare for Cycle India 2016

WHILE many of those signed up for Cycle India 2016 have been busy training and fundraising ahead of the 11-day visit to Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, one couple taking part might admit to being more than a little distracted over the past few weeks. As if Christmas and New Year weren’t enough on top of […]

Festive fun … then it’s heads back in books for HEAL Paradise children

THE New Year is a time for reflection and looking to the future with renewed hope and optimism – and nowhere is that more true than at HEAL Paradise Village. Joyous school Christmas celebrations at Paradise – and at HEAL Children’s Village, Guntur – were followed by the excitement of New Year’s Eve, with some […]

Fully functioning Institute for Visually Challenged in sight for HEAL

HEAL Paradise Village reached a significant milestone recently with the arrival of the first children at the Phanendra Chunduri Institute for the Visually Challenged. The building, kindly donated by Dr Dhanumjaya Rao, Mrs Vijaya and Miss Jyothi Chunduri, from Birmingham, England, in memory of the Chunduris’ late son, was officially opened back in January, but […]

Festival fever at HEAL children’s villages

HEAL children love nothing more than to celebrate a festival, birthday or special occasion. And there has been plenty of opportunity in recent weeks, including the Gandhi birthday celebrations, Independence Day, Teachers’ Day, Children’s Day and the ever-popular festival of lights, Diwali. HEAL children work hard in the classroom six days a week, so it […]

Child sponsors step up at 10th HEAL India Night

A LIVE link-up with India, volunteer presentations, and an evening of colour, good food and entertainment were among the highlights when HEAL hosted its 10th annual India Night in Peterborough. An auction and a raffle helped raise over £5,000 for the charity, and it was a pleasure to see new faces among the 400 party-goers, […]

A trip to remember for HEAL volunteer Barry ‘Chacha’ Charlton

A RECENT visitor to Paradise Village has written of “an experience I will cherish forever” after spending two weeks volunteering with HEAL. Indeed, Barry Charlton, who travelled to India from the UK with his brother Colin, was honoured with the title ‘Barry Chacha’ (Uncle Barry) by Paradise School vice principal Ramesh Ravuri, a name shared […]

HEAL student sings with voice of an Angel at national competition

HEAL is celebrating a spectacular success after one of its Paradise Village students, 13-year-old Angel Vennela, achieved a second-place finish in a prestigious national schools competition. On the weekend of Children’s Day, the 24th annual Balotsav children’s festival attracted 5,000 competitors from 300 schools across India and a team from HEAL Paradise Village School was […]

Livvy and Katherine: A day in the life of a HEAL volunteer

Livvy Jefferson, from Cardiff, and Katherine Pickles, from London, spent three weeks volunteering at HEAL Paradise Village during the summer. They each wrote accounts of their time teaching and interacting with the children and staff on campus, which can be seen in full in the Volunteering section of the HEAL website. Here is a flavour […]

Join the party at 10th HEAL India Night

ANOTHER colourful night of music, food and entertainment is on the cards when HEAL stages its 10th India Night fundraiser in Peterborough on October 24. “India Night is now a firm fixture in the HEAL calendar and has become so much more than just a fundraising night over the past nine years,” said organiser Helen […]