Hope Children's Village Kerela, India
Alan Brooks talks to the Mytholmroyd.net 1st November 2003.
Alan Brooks talked to us on Friday about his visit to a village in India with Anne and John Boggis to explore the work made possible by John Veitch of JVL Products towards sustaining the Hope Children's Village. Children orphaned or abandoned are given an education and a home - many of them sponsored by people in England. Cicily on the left is being sponsored by Erica Bowker a resident of Hebden Bridge. Cicily featured in the BBC Look North programme on Friday 31st October as a delighted and emotional Erica watched from her home in the valley.
Alan said "their requirements are simple and their play is more as it was 50 years ago here when children used their imagination for play - they do have a television but the videos they presently watch are pretty much rubbish - we are going to send them some quality children's videos very quickly having put £200 together specifically for this."
The children on the left live in Hindu House with their appointed mother - Shylaja. Sometimes there are two or even three children from the same family and they are kept together.
Alan said "As well as getting sponsorship for their education, we want to raise money to buy them a minibus. At present they have to pay to bus the children to school. Sebin, a 16 year old at the village wants to learn to drive. We would like to pay to teach him to drive so that when he is 18 he can drive the minibus and take them to school. Holidays would also be possible too."
If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a child please telephone John Veitch on 01422 88 6666 or Norma Veitch on Halifax 375366. Your money will go a long way in terms of the things that can be done for Hope Village
Left - Alan with some of the children. Right - Alan Brooks, John and Anne Boggis