So much to say…

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Well since we last updated the blog (how time flies!), a lot has been happening…

In April, our friend Diana at DBA Speakers and Stargazer Events held a fantastic ‘Dinner for Wonderful Women’ and Helping Elsewhere was chosen to be the recipient of takings in order to support girls through education in Goa. Nearly 2000 pounds was raised! Well done you Wonderful Women! I got to wear my dress sari and I had a good chat to the guest-of-honour Christine Hamilton (wife of Neil – if you are as old as me you’ll recall his woes as an MP) who was wonderfully warm and witty and offered to help Helping Elsewhere when and where she could.

Diana, Christine and myself at WW Dinner

Diana, Christine and myself at the Dinner

These funds will go directly towards an education ‘space’ in one of the pocket slums near the capital, Panjim. Of course it will teach reading and writing, but it focuses on cultural learning too and a carefully chosen permanent set of rooms will encourage parents to let their daughters attend. At the moment, spreading a blanket on the ground or taking whatever room is offered means that it is mainly the boys that benefit.

Onto July, and we recreated the Mad Hatters Tea Party at Wiston House near our shop in Steyning. Our guests all wore their maddest hats in the glorious Sussex surroundings and tucked into a traditional afternoon tea whilst being royally entertained by the Iron Boot Scrapers with their unique style of Busking-Jazz. And this slightly bonkers Sunday afternoon raised nearly 600 pounds.

Mad Hatters at Wiston House

Mad Hatters at Wiston House

And an update on our little shop in Steyning. Well, it’s got rather bigger as we moved into bigger premises, still in Cobblestone Walk. A little more rent, but a large increase in trade! Thank you to all our customers as it is you that makes this whole edifice work. We are now importing from Nepal as well as India and it looks as if the next project we support will be in the Himalayas – but more on that as the details get ironed out!


One Response to “So much to say…”

  1. Gina Ali Khan says, August 9th, 2014 at 07:31

    Yippee ! it’s us at Aarohi you’re supporting and working your magic on !!! Xx

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