Little donaterThis little one is saying goodbye to her clothes that kept her warm and comfortable through her first few months of life. At 9 months of age she has quickly outgrown them and is donating them to Helping Hands for India.

We are accepting donations for children of all ages, even newborns. If you are planning a trip to India, perhaps consider saving a little space in your suitcase to bring along some clothes, books or school supplies. For newborns we will happily accept receiving blankets, baby sleep suits, hats, mitts and booties. A small amount can make a big difference here for a family in India who has to choose between paying for their child’s education and food; having the basic necessities covered helps to make life a little easier.

We recently visited a local school – The Himalayan Rural Welfare Society – in Dhalwala, India. This village used to be a thriving centre of industry where many factories existed, providing hundreds of jobs for the local population. In recent years most of the factories have closed down leaving many people without an income. This school is the only one of its kind in the area providing education to kids age 5 and up primarily in computers and English.

We were warmly greeted by approximately 30 smiling children on a Saturday afternoon who were happy to meet ‘the foreigners’ who were coming. Thanks to the generosity of our Where's Waldofriends at home, we were able to hand out notebooks, pens and colouring pencils, clothes, and books to the stock the library. ‘Where’s Waldo’ was a hit! So many children were crowded around one book running their little fingers over the pages trying to spot Waldo; there was great excitement each time he was found.

We are going back next week to spend some time with the kids for an art project, please stay tuned here for photos…

No matter where you are in the world, if you are interested to help out in some way, please visit the How Can I Help page to find out how you can get involved.

Many thanks again for the kindness of those who have made donations to Helping Hands for India – every little bit helps.

With much gratitude…Namaste xoxo