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NEWS LETTER 03-2010:AOH 0309 08/03/2010 14:55 Page 1

news update Spring 2010.

Krishnaya Palem Project. Over the pats year acts of Hope have been supporting a rural school in Krishanaya Palem in Andhra Pradesh. When we became involved they had no funds, no school buildings and all too often the children having to return to the fields to work. Many of the children were under 10 years of age. Acts of Hope are funding the school, providing the salaries of the three teachers, this means that the children can now stay in school and not have to return to the fields. We have also become involved in the community by providing funds to constructing a church for the surrounding villages and supporting the ministry of ten Pastors. In the coming years Acts of Hope trust they will be able to extend their work in this area, providing education for more children and support of the local communities.

How can you help?

Individual Child sponsorship. Regular monthly covenant. Would you like a Presentation:• Are you a teacher? • Can I come and speak to the school? • Your local Church or Home group. • Your Youth Group. • Your local club – Lions, Rotary, Football or tennis club etc. Contact details: Peter Willetts, Executive Director. Acts of Hope Charitable Trust. 35 Jackson Court, Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, HP15 7TZ Telephone: 01494 819912 E-mail: actsofhope@talk21.com Web Site: www.actsofhope.org.uk

NEWS FROM THE ED, As we approach the end of our 9th year at the Acts of Hope School in Kasvanahalli, we have much to be grateful for over the past 12 months. A year that has seen tremendous growth with some very interesting new developments. The school has continued to be a real blessing, with excellent progress being made by the children, who have performed above all expectations in and out of school activities. They have excelled in inter school competitions, often walking away with the first or second prizes against much larger fee paying schools. Much of the credit must go to the faithful teaching staff, who on a daily basis, teach and encourage the children with care and compassion.

small science laboratory at the school. We are beginning to develop a long term relationship and are looking at funding for a new primary school on a new site. This will go alongside the planned new secondary school. Our relationship with an international investment banker continues to bear fruit with the introduction of a mentoring program that began in November 2009. This involved 12 volunteers from that company mentoring 16 of our children on a fortnightly basis. They are helping the mentee in their personal development, identifying their aims in life, encouragement with their school work and development of the skills and gifts. Acts of Hope are also grateful for the support of British Airways, who generously donate several return flights a year to us. This helps our Executive Director, Peter Willetts, to oversee the development of, not only our school in Bangalore, but the new school, church and Pastors in Andhra Pradesh, working closely with Kishore and the Indian trustees of Acts of Hope India.

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Over the past year, we have been very fortunate in having a number of visitors volunteering their time at the school, helping and teaching the children. This has been an enormous benefit to both the children and the volunteers, also playing an important part in the success of the school. I would add, most of the children now speak better English that one would get form the many call centres based in Bangalore and throughout India.

Acts of Hope have been very fortunate in the support of several corporate companies. In October 2009, deutsche Bank in Bangalore, provided note books, pens, pencils, maths sets and many other items that will be used in the classroom by the youngsters, then in February 2010 they equipped our first

Most of all, without the support of our many UK supporters, we would not be able to offer a free and high standard of education to the 400+ poor and underprivileged children at our two schools in India. Acts of Hope thank everyone for your continued support and prayers for our work.

Peter Willetts. Executive Director.

Registered Charity: 1080001.

BRINGING HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY

BRINGING HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY


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Mahendra

Snaha

Individual Child Support

Kavya – a young girl in our 1st standard. Her father works in a garment factory on a daily wage, her mother is unable to work. The family income is only £55.00 a month.

Over the past year, Acts of Hope, have been introducing our Individual Child Support program. This is beginning to bear fruit and we plan to extend and develop this further over the coming 12 months. Acts of Hope have identified over 100 children at our school who are in desparate need of the help we can offer. The cost is only 60 pence a day - £18.00 per month. This will provide for their education, school uniforms, books, pencils, school transport from their rural and slam villages, but most of all their health care.

This is just a selection, please help Acts of Hope to help these poor and underprivileged children. Help us to give them a real chance for their futures, fulfilling our mission statement ‘…bringing hope and Opportunity…’

Please see our brochure for more details of this program.

Kavya

If you would like to support a child at our school, our executive Director would love to hear from you and discuss this at greater length. The contact details are at the end of this News Update. Here are a few examples of our children:-

acts of hope Mahendra - a 13 years old boy whose father and mother have sadly passed away. He is being cared for by a relative on a very low income of under £50.00 a month.

Snaha – a lovely, good natured girl of 13 years of age, her father has died and the mother has to provide for the family with a monthly income of only £40.00. Snaha already speaks four languages and has ambitions to be a doctor.

Krishnaya Palem Project, exterior

Land for the New Secondary School Purchasing land in the Bangalore area is fraught so many problems and after much searching a four acre plot of land has been located in Sarjapur, 18km from the existing school in Kasvanahalli. Over the past 3 months our Indian solicitors have been establishing the ownership of the plot to ensure that we do not have any future land dispute claims which beset Bangalore. Our Indian chairman, Kishore, has now received the go ahead and is currently negotiating a cost with the land owner for Acts of Hope to purchase this plot. We trust and pray that the negotiations will be successful and we will be able to take possession of the land in the next few months.

Krishnaya Palem Project, interior

Once all the legal work is completed Acts of Hope will commence construction of the new secondary school, with future development plans for a primary school, clinic, staff and guest accommodation.

Acts of Hope pupils


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