Funding Partners

Funding Partners are groups or individuals who commit to annual support for the crèches of $500 or more, up to the entire expense of running a crèche for one year.

Funding Partners provide the core budget for the crèches’ annual operating expenses.  Some Partners have an interest in a particular crèche and may direct their funds to support that crèche; others contribute to the general fund.

Help Kids India, with the help of its Funding Partners, supports three of the five crèches managed by the Betsy Elizabeth Trust (BET) in Tamil Nadu, India.  The International School of Geneva, Switzerland, and Asha for Education, Seattle Chapter, WA, each fund an entire crèche directly through BET.

Funding Partners are the bedrock of HKI and BET’s mission. Read about them below.

Ecolint staff and students with children and staff of Little Lilies Crèche.

Ecolint staff and students with children and staff of Little Lilies Crèche.

 

Jess Lewis, a student at the International School of Geneva (Ecolint), an HKI Funding Partner, traveled with teachers and a student service group to work at the crèches in April, 2016.   Jess writes:

“One of the best things about going to India was seeing how great a difference the money we raised could make. Ecolint completely funds Peach Tree crèche with its 50 kids aging from 3-5. The main role of these crèches is to introduce children to education in the right way and without these Crèches, the mothers of these children wouldn’t be able to go out and work, as they would have to stay at home and look after them. Lots of the money also goes towards the projects we do in the crèches like buying paint brushes and paint, or paying for the roof to be plastered.

“My experience in India is one that I will never forget, I had the most wonderful time.”

Funding Partners, we can’t say it enough:
Thank you!

Asha for Education, Washington

The Seattle, Washington chapter funds Grace Kids Center. Funds are given directly to BET.

Asha, meaning hope, is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about socio-economic change in India primarily through education. Asha prides itself on being an action group that disburses 100% of donations to its partner groups in India.

The Seattle chapter of Asha, formed in December 1994, actively supports development initiatives in health care and livelihood, care for people with special needs, and gender issues in addition to education related projects.

Learn more by visiting the Asha for Education Seattle, Washington chapter’s web site. Read Asha’s article about the Betsy Elizabeth Trust.

The International School of Geneva (Ecolint), Switzerland

The students at the Ecolint raise all the funds needed to operate the Peach Tree Crèche in Palangi, near Kodaikanal.  Funds are given directly to BET.

A not-for-profit foundation established in 1924, Ecolint is, with its 4,400 students, the oldest and largest international school in the world.  Students’ personal and cultural identities are welcome and enrich the school.  They are offered an international, bi-lingual education and encouraged to practice respect and mutual understanding as they become active world citizens.

Every year since 2001 a group of Ecolint students has travelled to South India to experience the fascinating culture and to work with several of the BET crèches. The trip is the climax of six months of commitment and participation in fund-raising and team-building activities. One of the main aims of the trip, which takes place over the Easter vacation, is social service.

Read Ecolint’s blog about a decade of developments thanks to the efforts of their student groups. Learn more by visiting the Ecolint web site.

First Congregational Church of Wellesley Hills, MA

Every year at Wellesley Hills the Women’s Ministry Team holds a fabulous rummage sale.  With the proceeds they fund projects focusing on women and children.  The projects are near, in the US, and far–two in India, including Help Kids India.   Their generous annual support helps HKI provide steady income for the crèches.

The connection is through life-long friends.  Members of the church grew up and went to school in Kodaikanal with HKI president, Betsey Dailey.  Laurie Otten, the chair of the Women’s Ministry Team, visited the crèches and found a need that the women  of her church could answer.

Bradford Congregational, United Church of Christ
Bradford, Vermont

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Bradford Congregational Church Wild Game Supper, Bradford VT

Lora Chatfield, HKI Secretary, has since moved to Tennessee, but her church in Vermont remains committed to the work of HKI.  This year the church will host the 63rd Annual Wild Game Supper, called “the Superbowl of church suppers.”  The menu includes bear, moose, rabbit, pheasant, venison, buffalo, and boar, and draws 800 adventurous carnivores from all over New England.

Bradford Congregational also hosts the bi-annual Aacha Khana, an HKI-sponsored Indian dinner which was almost as popular.

St. Johnsbury Academy, Vermont

Founded in 1842, St. Johnsbury Academy is a comprehensive independent secondary school widely recognized as an institution that develops character, academic excellence, and civic responsibility in its students. The Academy enjoys a unique structure: it is a private boarding school with a strong contingent of international students, as well as the receiving school for its own community.

Sarah Garey, HKI board member and Director of the Health Services at the Academy, is leading her fourth student trip to India in the spring of 2018.  Thirteen students, the Academy Headmaster, Sarah, and chaperones will go to Porayar to work on creche projects and the Health Center.  In preparation for their trip, students are learning about India and what they will encounter there, and are hard at work raising funds to contribute to BET through HKI. The Academy is committed to furthering global understanding by encouraging foreign travel and study.

Learn more by visiting the St. Johnsbury Academy web site.  The Colwell Center for Understanding supports language learning, cultural understanding, travel and exchange programs and serves as a resource to students, faculty and the community.

See their  India 2012: Porayar and Beyond video.

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