Walking for Water : A Virtual Challenge for Children too

by Melissa Hicks, Marketing Manager at Jeevika Trust

As the festive season draws ever closer, many of us find ourselves helping our little ones write their letters to Santa with a never-ending list of the latest toys, gizmos and gadgets that they want to wake up to on Christmas morning. It’s easy to forget how lucky we are in comparison to other people living in absolute poverty.

People like the 60 million people in rural India living without access to safe, clean water to drink, cook and clean with. As a mother myself who spent her early parenting days endlessly sterilising bottles, dummies, rattles etc I can’t imagine the anguish mothers in rural India must feel knowing that their only option is to allow their precious children to drink unsafe water. Water that accounts for 21% of all diseases and deaths in India… it’s every parents’ worst nightmare. Sadly for villagers in India this nightmare is their reality, a completely unacceptable reality.

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The Footsteps of St Thomas – the Christian Church in South India

by Andrew Redpath, Executive Director at Jeevika Trust

Serena Fass who lives in London and takes tours to exotic places in India and the middle-east, served a period as a trustee of Jeevika Trust and has remained a firm friend of Jeevika.

She is an India veteran and a tireless traveller, researcher and scholar, with a particular specialisation in subjects revolving around the life, times and disciples of Jesus – her book The Journey of the Magi published last year received great acclaim from people such as John Julius Norwich. It was one of a planned quartet of books of which the most recent is ‘In the Footsteps of St Thomas’ which offers a dazzling array of highly researched information from many sources, as did The Magi, and in both cases she has personally trodden all the geography she has researched.

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How did we get on with our first ever crowdfunding campaign?

by Melissa Hicks, Marketing Manager at Jeevika Trust

Back in July we ran our first crowdfunding campaign designed to raise funds for the next stage of one of our flagship projects, Project SNAPS.Our Project SNAPS, launched in 2015 and delivered by our partner Jeevan Rekha Parishad (JRP in Odisha, gives girls and women access to hygienic, cost effective, eco-disposable Sanitary NAPkinS (SNAPS).

We couldn’t have been more delighted with the success of this campaign!

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Project PANI : Changing lives in the remote village of Udada

“Beekeeping and Toilets change the status of Tribal women in Udada.”

Udada is a remote Tribal village located in the hilly forest area of Daspalla Block in the Nayagarh District of Odisha. There are 45 Tribal families living here, all belonging to the Parija Tribe. Government officials rarely visit the village. There is no school, no electricity, no toilets and a lack of safe drinking water. All the villagers, including children, are illiterate.

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Our first ever Bee & Honey Fete was a big success!

On Sunday 9th July we held our first ever Bee & Honey Fete at The Glass House, Barge Walk in Hampton Wick. Our family-friendly fete took place on national ‘Don’t Step on a Bee Day’ and was a real celebration of India, bees and the precious honey they make for us.

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Project SNAPS : Raising Awareness of reproductive health and hygiene

“Thanks to Project SNAPS I now know the importance of menstrual health and hygiene.”

As part of its Project SNAPS activities, JRP and Jeevika have worked closely with two local high schools to raise awareness of reproductive health and hygiene, and how sanitary napkins (SNAPS) provide a viable and healthy alternative to traditional methods of dealing with menstruation.

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International Women’s Day 2017

How did you celebrate International Women’s Day this year?

Earlier this month saw the annual return of International Women’s Day – a day dedicated not just to celebrating “the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women”  but also to promoting the need for accelerated change if women are to enjoy gender parity by 2030. At Jeevika Trust we believe that women’s empowerment and equality is vital – not only for women, but for the development and progress of humankind. Our projects prove that, when women are empowered, the results are dramatic.

We are very lucky to have a Board of Trustees who live and breathe the values we hold dear at Jeevika Trust. Read on to find out how one of our Trustees, Julie Hutton, has shown her support for International Women’s Day…

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Dhanalakshmi’s Story: Project Mithra helping families living with HIV

“Thanks to Project Mithra, my children and I have enough to feed ourselves.”

Dhanalakshmi has been on Anti-Retroviral therapy (ART) for 12 years and still finds it difficult to accept the fact that both her children are HIV positive and are on ART. After her husband’s death, her mother-in-law introduced Dhanalakshmi to Mithra’s staff when Dhanalakshmi was finding it difficult to make ends meet.

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Jani’s Story: Changing lives through beekeeping

“Beekeeping makes me so happy!”

Jani lives in Badakuradangi village in the Chandaka Tribal Forest area with her husband, Sudam, and their son and daughter.  The family lives below the poverty line on less than £1.50 per day and they own no property or agricultural land. To survive and to help send their small children to school, both Jani and her husband have traditionally gone to the forest to collect wood, fruit and wild honey to sell at the local market. The annual income of the family was less than £84 per year which amounts to just £1.60 per week.

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Rainbows and Kings – How Jeevika Trust’s Walk for Water 2016 linked London to Rural India

by Catherine Purvis, Trustee at Jeevika Trust 

Back in October 2016 a number of our supporters took part in Walking for Water to raise vital funds to continue delivering projects in rural India. Catherine Purvis, one of our Trustees took part on the day and has shared with us her thoughts on the walk and why fundraising events like this really matter.

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