Reports on how charity work and development continues at the childrens and young women's residential boarding school in Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India.
By Malcolm Harper
We ended the 2002-2003 year successfully, with some last minute donations from 'visitors' to our website (www.orissa.org.uk). We are just keeping up with the ever-mounting cost of maintaining 265 school children, and new pupil admissions will be made in July. We doubt that the pupil departures will match the numbers of arrivals, so the need for charity donations and support will go on increasing.
Candle-lit Dinner Invitation
We have identified one new way of raising funds, which will also, we anticipate, offer our supporters a pleasant evening's entertainment at the Old Farm House. On June 27th the Pavao Quartet will give an evening recital, followed by a candle-lit dinner. The enclosed invitation gives all the details, as well as the price (remember it all goes to PUSS); please join us if you can, we hope to do some good and simultaneously to have a good time.
request the pleasure of your company
at a Chamber Concert and Candle-lit Dinner
in aid of Friends of the Children of Orissa
The Old Farm House, Filgrave
7 p.m., Friday 27th June
The Pavao Quartet will play works by Mozart, Wolf, Haydn and Piazolla
Learn more about the Quartet at their website, www.pavaoquartet.com
Price: Fifty pounds per person, including four course dinner and wine. All receipts will go to PUSS in Orissa; the expenses are being covered by an anonymous donor.
Only a limited number of seats are available
Please telephone us at 01234 711764 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org before sending us the attached slip, together with your cheque.
7 p.m. Welcome, drinks and meet the Pavao Quartet
7.30 p.m. Concert
Mozart: Divertimento in D mayor, KV136
Wolf: Italian Serenade
Haydn: Quartet Opus103
Piazolla: Four, for Tango
8.30 p.m. Dinner
Filgrave is a small village, ten minutes from the M1 near Newport Pagnell. We can send you a map showing how to get here.
Earlier this year Mrs. Daya Durai, of East-West Education spent a few days at PUSS, the charity boarding school in Orissa, India. See East-West Education website at www.EastWestEducation.org to learn more about the school children, how charity donations help them and the products that are made there, such as dolls clothes, childens clothes, weaving and needlework items. Mrs. Durai sent this note about her impressions:
In February this year I was privileged to be able to visit PUSS for five days. Though I had met Kadambini on her last visit to England my main contact with PUSS had been through Malcolm. The tailoring workshop there had been sewing dolls' clothes and five year old Indian outfits for my charity - East-West Education in Sussex - for the last year. Hence this trip to Orissa, to see how they worked and what their capacity was.
Here are some of my memories of PUSS:: being gently awakened early in the morning by the children singing their hymn after clearing up and before breakfast; Kadambini cutting up vegetables in the morning before school started; the boys washing their own clothes - by hand, of course - and hanging them out on the fence to dry; watching the girls learn how to weave a doormat with coir in the afternoon, the smiling face of the one year old Shashikala playing near her unwed mother who was learning to do applique in the workshop; Kadambini talking to a leper begging at the Konark Temple, suggesting he should send his five year old daughter to PUSS where she would get free education instead of begging with him; and the children bending over their homework in the lantern-lit evening.
I came away greatly impressed by Kadambini's dedication and achievement so far, but there are still a vast number of destitute children and young women needing help. Needless to say PUSS deserves every support.
Filgrave, May 2003, Malcolm Harper
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