In March 2017 Compassion International was forced to withdraw from India so there were no more funds for its three Child Development centres run in partnership with TREAD. Vasanth, Director of TREAD India selected 200 of the most needy children from the 675 children who attended these three centres and FOT put out an appeal to launch this new Project 200+.
Thanks to the wonderful supporters of Friends of TREAD, we have so far been able to keep these centres running with basic programmes for 70 children at Sarah, 70 at Hannah and 60 at David.
Project 200+ provides care before and after school and one good meal a day which is often the children’s only one as their parents seldom have work
Latest updates for Project 200+
- To date we have 40 sponsors who have come forward with regular monthly donations but we still need more people willing to give regularly. The actual costs per child each month are £20 but we are delighted to receive ANY donation. We have been using one-off donations or money from fundraising events to help bridge the gap but this depletes all our general funds and isn’t viable long-term.
- The staff have been dramatically reduced in number and the managers had voluntarily worked on half pay for over six months so were struggling to feed their own families. However at our recent Trustees’ meeting in October 2017, we agreed that FOT are now in a position to send funds to pay the managers and other staff a more realistic salary at least until April 2018.
- We have read heart-breaking tales of many children formerly on Compassion projects who have been excluded from this project—our aim is to be able to run these centres once again at full capacity. To this end, TREAD India Trust with input from Friends of TREAD is actively seeking to make new partnerships with other organisations in India who run projects supporting children and their families. That would reduce the financial burden on Friends of TREAD and enable us to continue in our original role of maintaining the infrastructure and management costs of TREAD India Trust as well as continuing as normal to support our own projects—Trinity Day care Centre, Grace Tailoring Centre and the Orphaned Assistance programme which are unaffected by this crisis.
- Take a look at our blog Postcards from India which brings stories of the children on Project 200+ and those that had to leave.