Life-saving privileges in Kolar Gold Fields

by Ruth Bücker, 2011/05/16

While the highest monthly temperature in Germany amounts only to an average of 16.9 degrees Celsius, and many a German citizen already starts complaining if temperatures climb to their absolute record high of 40.2 degrees Celsius (information by Deutscher Wetterdienst), this is quite common for the people living in India. From April to June, i.e. during the hottest months of the year, temperatures can reach a maximum of 50 degrees Celsius for several days in a row.

Finally water! Photo: humedica

These high temperatures and the lasting drought that precedes the annual monsoon rains cause rivers and lakes to dry up. For several months, live-granting water turns into a scarce good and since hardly any member of the poorer population classes dispose of flowing water in their houses, and wells dry up just the same as rivers, they are the ones affected worst.

Besides causing a potentially life-threatening dehydration of the body, the persistent heat and lack of precipitation furthermore have severe impacts on agriculture. Ulrike Kern, who is heading the humedica-supported projects in India, reported that it had not rained at all during the entire month of March. The impacts on agriculture and the farmers’ crops are alarming.

But all the happier was Ulrike in her last report, when she told that, thanks to the financial support by humedica, the construction of a well pump had been completed successfully at the children’s home in Kolar Gold Fields. Currently, there are 17 children living at the children’s home. They are looked after by a minister, his wife and several employees.

The ten girls and seven boys are half or complete orphans and without support they would hardly have a chance for an accommodation, not to mention for an opportunity of receiving an education. And the newly built well that provides fresh drinking water means a very special and potentially life-saving privilege in the south of India, a region marked by droughts and poverty.

humedica supports the work in India by means of regular financial aid which is used to cover most of the budget needed for running the two schools and the children’s home, as well as the operating costs of the school bus. And this money has also been used to build the well and to bring sustainable aid to our project partners and the benefitting families.

Aid we can offer thanks to your support, dear friends and sponsors. Please support our commitment for the PENIEL SOCIAL INSTITUTE by means of a targeted donation also in future. Thank you very much.

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You can achieve great results by means of sending a small text message: send the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90 and support us with a donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica projects.

In many places clean drinking water is a scarce good – thanks to the successfully completed well this is no longer the case for the children of the Social Peniel Insitute. Photo: humedica

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