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£1,665raised of £20,000 target by 22 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,665 to provide a mobile school, health clinic and feeding station for families living on the Vijayawada city dump _ in memory of Balamma

    Funded on Thursday, 12th October 2017

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    Balamma's legacy

    LITTLE Balamma Eetipakula was born and lived all of her short life on the Vijayawada city dump. One of seven sisters, Balamma suffered with ill health and died aged 11 due to lack of adequate health care and medicines.

    A small local NGO called KISES has attempted in recent years to protect and educate the children of all families relying on the dump for survival, and has enjoyed some success with support of myself and another UK volunteer, Meriel Woodward.

    But catastrophic events, including a powerful cyclone and the unexpected relocation of the dump site by local authorities, have seriously hampered our attempts to run a daily feeding and education programme in a temporary KISES care centre on nearby donated land.

    I had sent Balamma to receive medical attention on a previous visit to India. Like so many of the other children on the dump, where child labour is a part of daily life, she was under-nourished and therefore ill-equipped to fight off illness and disease.

    Balamma was treated for a malaria-like virus and made something of a recovery, but was later struck down with a mystery illness and she was too weak to recover. This happened at a time when the family had abandoned the dump yard in desperate search of work and were no longer under the daily care of KISES.

    Heartbroken by the tragic loss of little Balamma, KISES founder Mr Shoury Babu Rebba, myself and Meriel have been exploring the best ways to support the rest of her family and others working as rag-pickers amid the mountains of poisonous waste and filth.

    A mobile school and health clinic seems to us to be the best option, providing food, medicine and a basic education for these downtrodden, overlooked and shunned members of Indian society.

    Due to the remoteness of the dumping sites and difficult terrain, we are in need of a jeep which can cope in either dry or wet conditions. KISES UK has some funds already set aside for this project, but more will be required to pay for a doctor, a teacher and a driver, along with food, medicine and equipment for the multi-purpose vehicle.

    The intention is to begin this much-needed work as quickly as possible to try to prevent any further loss of life. This, we hope, will be Balamma's legacy.



    • Jem King1 year ago
      Jem King

      Jem King

      1 year ago

      An amazing gesture of support for Balamma's Legacy from the Cardiff and Vale Filipino Community, who today donated £150 to help pay for a mobile school, health clinic & feeding station for the marginalized families of Vijayawada Dump in faraway India. Thanks to all concerned, who have so far helped raise £1,635. We still need more to help us achieve our goal of starting the KISES programme before Christmas, so please share Balamma's story on the link below: #changinglivesinindia

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    • Jem King1 year ago
      Jem King

      Jem King

      1 year ago

      Thanks to everyone who has so far donated to Balamma's Legacy crowdfunding campaign! After less than two days we are already up to 3 per cent of the total £20,000 target to start a KISES mobile school, medical clinic and feeding station for families living and working in appalling conditions on the Vijayawada city dump. Of course, there's still a long way to go, but it was a great boost yesterday when Balamma's mother and uncle agreed to move to HEAL Paradise Village to free their 3 young children from the clutches of child labour #pleasedonate

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    Page last updated on: 10/10/2017 12:27 PM



    • Cathy


      Oct 10, 2017


    • Cardiff and the Vale Filipino Community

      Cardiff and the Vale Filipino Community

      Oct 9, 2017

      Donations from the Filipino community in Cardiff and the Vale... keep up the good work Jem!!


    • Anonymous


      Sep 27, 2017

      Offline donations from Thelma Geen & Jean King


    • Dave Blakeman

      Dave Blakeman

      Sep 20, 2017

      Fabulous work Jem!

    • Sarah Chalom

      Sarah Chalom

      Sep 19, 2017

      From my friend Sarah ❤️


    • joanne rollo

      joanne rollo

      Sep 19, 2017

      Amazing work x


    • Emily Cotterill

      Emily Cotterill

      Sep 18, 2017


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    Jem King

    Jem King


    Jem is a volunteer with both KISES (Kiranmayi Socio Educational Society) and HEAL (Health and Education for All), dividing his time between living in India and his native Wales. After 35 years as a journalist, he now uses his communications skills to benefit these two charities.

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