Christmas Appeal

Details of our 2022 Christmas Appeal will be launched later in the year.

If you would like to make a donation to one of our ongoing appeals then we would be delighted, thank you.

Previous Christmas Appeals

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2021 - New School Uniforms

Our Christmas Appeal this year is for a new school uniform for Kapepaladi school children, together with a new school bag, and also a new school bag for our sponsored children at the Manvi school.  The children at Kapepaladi school have worn the same brown uniform for 10 years now, and a new uniform has been thought about for years but not purchased.   I know how excited the children will be to be given a new school uniform, they will feel so proud!  
The cost per skirt and blouse, or per trousers and shirt, plus a new school bag is £15 per child and we are aiming to be able to fund enough new uniform sets and school bags for all 441 school children.  
Fr Leo,  Sr Reena and Fr Anil  all agreed that a new uniform for Kapepaladi school was long overdue and would give the children a great feeling of self-esteem. Judging by these photos, that is certainly the case!

 

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2020 - Food Parcels

Our Christmas Appeal has been launched and has been met with tremendous success so far. A thousand thanks to all who have already given so generously towards these items of rice, dahl, oil and a blanket!

We are hoping to provide all 390 of the Kapepaladi school children with a food and blanket parcel, that costs £8 per parcel. Also, we are hoping to give the same parcel to last year’s 8th Std students who have progressed to Manvi school this year.

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2019 - Warm Fleece Sweatshirts

This year’s Christmas Appeal is for warm clothing for the Kapepaladi school children.  Sister Philomena felt that this was something that the children do not have and would be very welcomed when the temperatures fall in December and January.  The cost of each fleecy jumper is £8.50 per child and we will aim to buy all 390 children a fleecy jumper.

This appeal for warm fleece sweatshirts was really popular as most of the children did not possess any warm clothing for the winter months. The fleeces, with the Kapepaladi school emblem on, were handed out to all the students at the end of the Christmas term. Thank you so much to all who contributed towards this Appeal.

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2018 - New School Bags

Our Christmas Appeal this year was for new school bags. The cost of each bag was 490 Rs each for the smaller bags and 590 Rs each for the larger bags. Sister Philomena will need approximately 170 of each size.  The total we need to raise is 183600 Rs which converts to approximately £2000 at a rate of 90 Rs to the pound, or £6 each x 340 students.

It was great to see these in every classroom being put to such good use. In the younger children’s classes, it made me smile as many children were only slightly bigger than their school bags!

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2016 - Shoes and Socks

The pupils at Kapepaladi school need some shoes and socks as many either don’t have any, or the ones they have are badly worn.  Some children prefer to go bare foot as this is what they are used to.  Fr Arun feels that making shoes and socks compulsory is important for two reasons.  Firstly, it isn’t safe for the children to go bare foot as they walk in dirty villages with open sewers and bits of glass and metal lying around.  Secondly, as the children are getting older they ought to be wearing shoes and socks as part of the uniform policy.  It is understandable that some children wish to go bare foot but there is also the need for safety.

 

One lunchtime after spending the morning at Kapepaladi school, we walked back to the hostel with the students for lunch.  It is a 15-minute walk through the village of Pannur to get to the hostel, during which time we had to step over raw sewerage that flowed from one side of the road to the other, as well as all sorts of animal muck and rubbish.  At that point I felt that actually it was much safer for those of us wearing sandals.  Father Arun has asked parents to contribute 50 rupees towards the cost of their child’s shoes and socks.  The total cost is 300 rupees, so after the parents have given 50 rupees this leaves 250 rupees to pay.  At today’s exchange rate of 80 Rs to the pound, this totals just over £3.  For 304 students, the total cost is £950.

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