In addition we were able to help many handicapped persons and people with a bad state of help. Among other things we equipped three shops which are now held by Anand, a blind man, Gaura, a girl with a polio-disability and a poor widow.
Likewise thanks to donations several patients got an operation and treatment in hospital. These people would never have been able to pay for their treatment.
We were able to give over 50 goats to families having no animals and this is a gift of immense worth for them.
Supplementary I would like to mention the distribution of clothes collected and given by different institutions and individuals from Liechtenstein and sent to India by “together”. Among the clothes were a lot of plush animals which we gave to the children in the villages. The joy of the children is hardly to imagine when they held their first toy in their hands.
It is difficult to express all the joy and gratitude of the people. For all of us it was deeply impressing how you can bring joy and help with so little money.
|Katharina, Brother Alok and Manuela sorting the clothes||Barbara´s trying on a new outfit|
|New dressed children in Mukumpura||First toy...|
|Finished new cow stable in Dattigaon||New made sleeping room|
|Former situation in the bathroom||Guido distributes new mattresses|
We – and especially the children on the mission – were extremely pleased that we had the possibility to open a small library and a game lending. The children can lend books from Sunday to Sunday. This supports not only the education but also the joy of reading. The games can be lent every day what the children eagerly do.
|Master Thomas and Barbara at the library and game cupboard|
To support further education we organized four typewriters. The children were very interested in the typewriters because being able to type is important to get a job in an office. To learn typing on a computer was too expensive to offer. An additional problem with computers is that due to the frequent power failures the mission has only current for a few hours a day.
To mention is also that we had the tractor of the mission for service. Now they can use it again and it is a valuable help for different work (work in the fields, transport of firewood, sand, cement and other materials for building work and furniture for remote villages).
Especially seeds are extremely vital for the villagers. To buy seeds they lend money from shopkeepers or big landowners with exessive interests. Due to these bad deals they get in a hopeless dependence without any chance to escape. No wonder that the poor farmers (almost all of them are illiterates) become real slaves of these criminals who demand 100 % to 200 % interest p.a..
|Open well, in the background cornfield from our provided seeds|
Last but not least Barbara Stoeckel bought 50 hens for the children on the mission during her stay in 2005. Since then the children can have a meal with eggs every third day. This is a very important staple food for growing children.
|„Barbara’s chicken“||Kalu, the „chicken master“|
As you can see in this short report, our work in and around Dattigaon-Mission is far from an end. From our point of view we had a very good start and realized some very useful and partly even essential projects. For our further support – and the people there count on us and put all their hope in us – we depend on donations. We hope that we can continue our work, to complete current projects and check them on a regular basis with your generous help and support.
Together with you we would like to try and help the people there to live a decent human life.