Kate (Neil) has just returned from her annual summer visit to our STB Children.
They are enjoying school holiday time now and Kate reports that they are all well and happy!
More news of the new house building project to follow in her report.
My dear friends and supporters of Star Action,
I have recently returned from a very rewarding visit to Sri Lanka and India, with my colleague and co-founder of Star Action, Stuart.
We try to visit Sri Lanka twice a year, if possible, but certainly each February, so we can personally check on the progress of all the up and running projects and oversee the initiation of new endeavours. This visit has been very fruitful and I am particularly excited about our new community education project in the remote and formerly war-torn East Coast village of Mankerny, and also our ‘build a toilet’ scheme in a very poor fishing community on the West Coast.
In our last Newsletter we wrote about three individual families in our care in Sri Lanka, including our ‘triplets family’ and the family caring for our Little Temple. Although Maria, our ‘Temple guardian’ with her daughter Mabel and granddaughter Wasana) has now lost her elderly husband last September, and then sadly suffered a stroke herself, she is recovering well and has nearly regained the use of her left side, learning to walk again with a stick. All our families are very appreciative of Star Action’s care and support.
The triplet family are now self-supporting and all five children doing well—the two older girls being particularly clever at school.
Latest News March 2012
Fred and Hamida are working for some months now in Kumasi, not far from Asiakwa. After a recent visit Hamida says: ‘We are currently putting the finishing touches to the building.’ She goes on to say that she has begun her teaching work at Kumasi University. We are all hoping that this will help her with the next stage of the project to get government grants and assistance from the Ghanaian Education Authorities in beginning the actual equipping and teaching work in the Centre.
Our dear Supporters of Star Action,
As we begin this New Year season we are writing to thank you for all your wonderful support of Star Action throughout 2011. We are really delighted at the progress which has been made in the completion of our building for the Vocational Training Centre in Asiakwa, Ghana, the subject of our appeal to you at the beginning of the year.Read More»
Jenny reports: All twenty children in our Save the Babies home are doing well. Our youngest child, MAYAKANNAN (2 years) and his sister DANA LAKSHMI (4 years) have settled in well and will learn enough English from Sasees to pass the ‘English Test’ all children take before Primary School. PADMINI (5 years) and MARCUS (8 years) have already passed this test. Marcus is proving particularly bright and is learning Tamil (the local language) along with Hindi and English. POPPY (3 years) now at nursery school is also good with English and could be very clever. Our cleverest older child is VELAMMAL (13 years) who in spite of her terrible start in life as a street beggar, dead mother and father suffering from leprosy, has blossomed in Save the Babies’ care. At senior school now, she came 10th out of 60 girls in the top group. She hopes to train as a nurse.Read More»
We wish to share with you the plight of our teenage friends in ASIAKWA, a remote location in Eastern region of Ghana, West Africa. Children attend school up to the compulsory lower secondary school level (age 14 years). Beyond this, many parents in this village cannot afford to continue educating their teenage children. Consequently; these young people roam around with nothing to do; they have little or no skills as they grow into adulthood; teenage pregnancy is rife in the community and also the problems of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS. Signs of poverty abound in the village. In short, the community is slowly dying.Read More»
I completed my 26 mile swim on 11th October raising just over £3,500. A huge THANK YOU to all those who gave so generously.
The money raised will enable us to complete the next stage of erecting the building to provide a Vocational Training Centre for the young people of Asiakwa. We are striving to continue fundraising for the project and you will see below details of Fred and Hamida Bote-Kwame’s Appeal.
With grateful thanks,
Jenny Dent – Star Action Trustee
Again Jenny reports: Our two weeks in Sri Lanka have been very fruitful. We checked up on all our existing projects (see updated SRI LANKA PROJECTS page ….) and made plans for new ones, including helping another very poor school in the North East civil war battered area of the island. It was moving to see children leaving one of the poor schools we had previously helped, carrying their ‘Star Action school bags’.Read More»