We invite you to be a part of our & 39;Alternative Christmas& 39;!
We received the first email from a relative a couple of weeks ago "so, what would you both like for Christmas?” Having moved to India from the UK it seems we have everything we could possibly need (and so much more that we don& 39;t need stashed away in a lock-up in Bournemouth). So we came up with the idea for our alternative christmas in India.
I& 39;ve been working for the NGO RIDE (Rural Institute for Development Education) for the past three months. I& 39;ve met many children who have been released from child labour through RIDE& 39;s efforts and are now attending school. When the released labour children start school, many of them are behind their classmates in terms of education, health, hygiene and social skills. This can lead to children dropping out of school if they do not receive adequate ongoing support, which RIDE tries to provide with the limited funding they receive.
One of RIDEs main objectives in the children’s development is to & 39;make them feel valued and open their hearts to happiness& 39;.
So we have come up with a fantastic proposal which is very simple: We ain& 39;t buying any Christmas presents / Christmas cards for our beloved family and friends!
Instead, we are going to spend the money on gifts to make some of the poorest, most volatile released labour children feel valued and loved. We would request that you do the same, and instead of buying us gifts/cards we invite you to pledge a small contribution to help us reach out to as many children as possible and put a smile on their faces!
I have estimated that for £3 per child we& 39;ll be able to put together a gift containing something along the lines of (depending on age and need): gift/toy, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, vest & knickers, dress, t-shirt, sandals, pencils, notebook, treats and food which they can take home and share with their family.
Our initial aim is for 100 of the neediest children, however, the more money we raise the more children we can buy gifts for!
Thank you so much in anticipation of your kindness and generosity!
You can follow RIDE on Facebook to see photos of recent activities or visit their website to learn more about the work they do in the area of human rights and child labour (the webite is a bit out of date and is currently being updated (by me!) so watch this space).
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE: You will need to register before you can make a payment. Click on the button on the top right & 39;sign up now& 39;, it is quick and easy. Once you have registered, return to our pitch and click on the & 39;fund now& 39; button.
PLEASE NOTE: The collection of funds is made via paypal, who add on a transaction fee as a percentage of the contribution you make. If you are unhappy paying this transaction fee please email us. We can give you our bank details for you to transfer money directly to us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks