HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru was delighted to attend a special fundraising evening in Boston, Lincs, where all money raised will be used to sponsor a young person through their higher education in Andhra Pradesh.
Many of the children in HEAL’s care, who are growing up to become young students, would like to go on to further education in order to help secure their futures.
Teachers within the HEAL Children’s Village school at Guntur assess those pupils who they believe are capable of going on to successfully further their education.
For £48 per month a student’s education can be sponsored through HEAL for 1-3 years at a higher educational facility.
Geetha Ramana, who organised the fundraising event in her home town of Boston, was keen to get involved in this programme and has asked Dr Prasad to put the money raised, £1,500, towards a child’s higher education.
During the fundraiser, children participated in a ‘World of Colours’ display and an attractive silk painting was auctioned off.
“Both of my children have gone to university now and I know how very important higher education is for those young people in India,” said Geetha, who moved with her husband from their Andhra Pradesh home to the UK 16 years ago.
“I first met Dr Prasad and became aware of HEAL about 11 years ago when I attended one of the charity’s India Nights in Peterborough and I have been going every year since then.
“When I heard all about the new HEAL Paradise project I decided I wanted to do more than merely attend India Night and so in 2011 we held an event for more than 150 people in Boston and raised £3,000.
“This year we raised another £1,500 and I have been discussing with friends how we can come together to sponsor a child for three years through their higher education.
“I am going back to India in February to visit my mum and dad in Hyderabad and when I return to Boston I am planning to hold a coffee morning.
“I want to keep doing these events every year and see this as a long-term commitment to HEAL and the children in its care.”
For more information on sponsoring a young person in higher education please visit http://www.heal.co.uk/sponsor-a-child.html