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Weʼre raising £300 to build a toilet block at Divya Prem charitable residential school Rishikesh, India for the children of people with leprosy.

Chilla, Rishikesh, India
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Hello

I’m running the Vitality London 10,000 Race for Rama’s Divya Prem Sewa Mission’s residential school near Chilla, Rishikesh for 200 children of people living with leprosy.

I have chosen this charity in memory of my much missed cousin Chris who, after a long career dedicated to children with special needs in the London Borough of Newham, used her skills to train teachers in one of the most challenging settings in India. The Rama Foundation works with some of the very poorest communities in India. It partners with small grassroots charities and schools to reach the most vulnerable children, those who would not otherwise get an education because their parents have leprosy or are just too poor to afford school.

Inspirational is an over-used word but it suited Chris down to the ground. Warm, funny and boundlessly compassionate, she also had a nice line in risqué songs. Few of us who were there can forget her robustly alternative version of 'Sisters' performed with sister Jean..

Chris was changed by her first trip to see the Rama foundation’s work. Shocked by the deprivation she saw and in particular by the social exclusion the children suffered, on her return to London she said: “I am sort of back to normal now – though I don’t think I will ever be ‘normal’ again for I’ve left part of my heart with the school at Chilla….I really did feel real joy at being able to teach such keen, bright boys who have such a positive sense of hope…"

She was particularly keen on empowering the sisters of these boys.

‘What about the girls?’ was her core concern. She became a crucial contributor to Rama Foundation Core Group with visits to other projects and their potential sites for creating much needed opportunities for girls"

In April 2012 Chris had travelled there with 200 Easter eggs for the children but she died shortly after she arrived in India.

As well as being a huge loss for her family and friends, she is missed by the Rama community and commemorated here .

Divya Prem Sewa Mission School Rama is small, grassroots charity with scrupulous funding policy so you can be sure that money goes directly to improving life for children in their care and not absorbed in bureaucracy or marketing. People who work for the charity have dedicated their lives to the wellbeing of those in their care.

In memory of Chris, please help me raise funds for Divya Prem Sewa School so they can continue their work with vulnerable children who would otherwise be deprived of education and a chance in life.

At the moment only charities registered in Australia, Hong Kong, UAE, South Africa, Canada, USA and Ireland are able to join JustGiving.

This means I will be using the Just Giving crowdfunding tool to fundraise for Divya Prem Sewa Mission Trust. If you donate please use the reference 'Divya School'. Thank you, Fiona.

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  • Fiona Salter3 months ago
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    Fiona Salter

    3 months ago
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    Just to let you know I ran the Vitality 10k in I hour 11 and, thanks to your generosity, met my fundraising target. Your contribution will help improve children's lives at Divya Prem school. Thank you very much. I'll post updates from the school.

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  • Angela Style

    Angela Style

    Jun 5, 2018

    Well done Fiona! And what an inspiring story to help get you to the finish line.

    £10.00

  • Sally Hogg

    Sally Hogg

    Jun 4, 2018

    Well done!

    £10.00

  • Anna France-Williams

    Anna France-Williams

    May 30, 2018

    Well done Fiona. It was wonderful to see you at the run on Monday and I am inspired by your cause and your friend Chris. Brilliant to raise money for a small charity doing great work.

    £10.00

  • from Sylvia Salter

    from Sylvia Salter

    May 21, 2018

    £100.00

  • Sue x

    Sue x

    May 4, 2018

    Great cause in memory of a wonderful woman. Go for it cous xx

    £30.00

  • Jennifer Woodside

    Jennifer Woodside

    May 4, 2018

    Good luck Fiona. A great cause!

    £20.00

  • Chris East

    Chris East

    May 1, 2018

    Fantastic!!

    £30.00

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Chilla, Rishikesh, India

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