A successful week…

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We have been very lucky this week as some of you have already risen to the challenge of sponsoring our teacher’s salary. So we can announce that we now have enough money for the first year’s salary! The post has been advertised and they have had a couple of applications for the position already… so we will keep you all updated. Thank you especially to our great friends John and Jean in Essex, our relations Tom and Joan in Somerset, and our vet Katy and her husband James in London for their generous support, plus many others whose contributions, large and small, are all adding up.

We now have made supporting us even easier as we now have a dedicated PayPal link. You can use either your own PayPal account or your normal credit card by clicking on the button below…






 

Full details are on our How you can help page.

 

We sponsor our first teacher…

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children at play in sea © Denzil Sequeira

On Friday of last week we had an email from Gina following the latest meeting at the school. It would appear that they’ve lost a part time computer teacher. This threw our plans into disarray – if we were going to get two or more computers, then the school would need a proper, full time, IT teacher… for which the school just did not have the funds. The salary is roughly Rs. 2000 per month for a commitment of two years – only after that time would we hopefully be able to get government support. So the question was asked, “Do you think part of the money raised can go towards the salary of one teacher?”. If we could give Father an assurance quickly then he would go ahead and employ someone from June. I could see the deeper point in this, because instead of just juggling teachers around, as usually happens in these little schools, they would have a full time teacher, properly trained and who would only concentrate on the teaching of computers we are raising the money for. We didn’t need to think about this for too long… and we have already given the go ahead to find and employ someone. So not only does it mean that this is now a long term project but we have achieved part of our goal already to change lives! So our next task is to find someone who would be happy to take on the sponsorship of this 2000 rupees a month (sounds a lot… in fact it is about £25). So do you want to change someone’s life? If so let me know!

 

Help us with the click of a mouse

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For all you on-line shoppers out there, you can help us raise funds by clicking on this link: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/helpingelsewhere

You then register and set the organisation you support to ‘Helping Elsewhere’ – every time you shop online you can then use this portal to choose from over 500 of the best known retailers including Next, Amazon and even Ebay. Use the links on this site and up to 15% from every purchase you make is donated to our cause. It doesn’t cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds for our cause by using this site – you can even save money as they sometimes give extra on line discounts!

 

Monsoon and Goa

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As I am sure many of you know the monsoon comes to Goa about this time every year. In Goa they hold a festival to welcome the arrival of the rains – this year it will take place on the 21st June – and here are some pictures that show Mandrem and the festival from previous years. These pictures have been taken by our friend and host Denzil Sequeira who has helped us with this project in Goa, and I think will end up driving backwards and forwards to the UPS depot to collect the spoils for the school as it can be a little difficult to find.

Calisto boys with Denzil © Denzil Sequeira

The festival is in honour of San Joao (St John the Baptist) and is celebrated in Goa with typical enthusiasm. This is a festival that men take part in – they plunge into their neighbourhood wells, rivers and lakes with the loud chanting of “Sao Joao, Sao Joao, Viva Sao Joao”. The pictures show the wearing of the traditional leaf and flower crowns called ‘kopels’.

River floats © Denzil Sequeira
 

Mandrem on a winning streak…

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Today was the first day of Royal Ascot and, despite not being regular race goers, we decided to have a flutter on the horses. We also thought that any profit from this adventure could go into the school fund. Maybe it was the ‘lucky’ flower we purchased from the gipsy that greeted us in the car park or crossing her palm with paper (not silver any more – that is inflation for you!), but we had two winners out of the four races we bet on. So another £35 has been added to the fund…

ascot
 

Our first success!

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We have just managed to complete our first fund raising target of £500 for the ‘Floppy Phonics’ class packs plus the extra packs of books in the Sparrows series. We would like to thank Sue Potter from Oxford Reading Tree for her help and also for the extra discount that she give us to make our pennies go further.

Oxford Reading Tree books

 

For those of you who wish to see how far your money is traveling… this is the DHL tracking report. We’ll keep it updated as we get more info!

Date Time Location Service Area Checkpoint Details

June 18, 2008 16:11 Birmingham – UK Shipment picked up
June 18, 2008 18:29 Birmingham – UK Departing origin
June 18, 2008 20:11 Birmingham – UK Departed from DHL facility in Birmingham – UK
June 18, 2008 21:04 East Midlands – UK Arrived at DHL facility in East Midlands – UK
June 18, 2008 22:05 East Midlands – UK Departed from DHL facility in East Midlands – UK
June 18, 2008 22:05 East Midlands – UK Transferred through East Midlands – UK
June 19, 2008 00:38 London-Heathrow – UK Arrived at DHL facility in London-Heathrow – UK
June 19, 2008 11:21 London-Heathrow – UK Departed from DHL facility in London-Heathrow – UK
June 20, 2008 16:11 Chennai (Madras) – India Clearance processing complete at Chennai (Madras) – India
June 21, 2008 00:58 Chennai (Madras) – India Departed from DHL facility in Chennai (Madras) – India
June 21, 2008 03:25 Chennai (Madras) – India Arrived at DHL facility in Chennai (Madras) – India
June 22, 2008 00:15 Chennai (Madras) – India Departed from DHL facility in Chennai (Madras) – India
June 22, 2008 08:05 Mumbai (Bombay) – India Arrived at DHL facility in Mumbai (Bombay) – India
June 22, 2008 09:49 Mumbai (Bombay) – India Departed from DHL facility in Mumbai (Bombay) – India
June 23, 2008 08:54 Western India Regional Area – India Arrived at DHL Facility
June 23, 2008 13:00 Western India Regional Area – India Shipment on hold
June 24, 2008 12:30 Western India Regional Area – India Shipment on hold
June 24, 2008 18:20 Western India Regional Area – India Address Information needed; contact DHL
June 24, 2008 18:40 Western India Regional Area – India With delivery courier
June 25, 2008 11:08 Western India Regional Area – India With delivery courier
June 25, 2008 11:20 Western India Regional Area – India Shipment delivered; Signed for by: CO SEAL

So yessssss!!!! Mandrem now has its books!