The 350 Smiles Appeal. There is nothing more beautiful than a child smiling. The 350 Smiles appeal is raising funds to help improve the lives of at least 350 vulnerable children living in unimaginable poverty by ensuring they are able to attend school. Every decent person knows that childhood is precious. Yet, each day there are tens of thousands of children in Agra City, India who have to dedicate their childhood to the task of survival. Their concerns are limited to how to get food and shelter and how to remain safe from harm, and if they cannot be safe, how to make sure that the harm doesn’t destroy them. They live on the streets or live in slum areas literally squatting on the roadside or in fragile makeshift shelters or shop doorways. The 350 Smiles appeal will provide essential school books and uniforms. As a result of your generosity and support, 350 vulnerable children will be the given the tools they need to attend the EK Pahel Pathshala charity school in Agra City. The school is both a refuge from danger and poverty and a vehicle which can help transport children from these constraints. The children here feel a sense of belonging, they feel safe and secure and are able to play and develop their imaginations. Knowledge, learning and creativity will transport them beyond the confines of hand to mouth existence and offer them opportunities their parents never had.
Help us put a smile on the children’s faces.
“£14.50 can provide schools books and a uniform for one child”
Will you help us to help the children of EK Pahel? To find out more about EK Pahel visit www.ekpahel.com Our story Having created the glamping brand Canvas and Stars, Rachel and Nicky are no strangers to hard work. In the business’s early days they did pretty much everything themselves; acting as cleaners, hosts, administrators and even tent erectors. But as things became more streamlined they were able to hand over some of the day-to-day running of the sites and turn their attention to developing other areas of their enterprise. One aspect in particular that was important to both ladies was charity. Rachel explains: “We wanted to support a charity that we both felt passionate about and as mums a cause that helped children was a natural fit for us. There are numerous worthy charities, some based in the UK and others further afield. When we came across EK Pahel in Agra, North India, however, we were incredibly moved by the plight of the children there. Living in the slums, families with babies and children exist in absolute poverty; no proper homes, poor sanitation and at constant risk of disease, malnutrition and abuse. EK Pahel is a wonderful independent charity that provides a safe haven for slum children by ensuring that they get a daily meal and a rudimentary education. For most of these children this will be the only meal of their day. Their school uniform is likely to be the only clothing that they own". “We desperately wanted to make a difference. Aiming to help with running costs, resources, and food, last year we raised £2000 and decided to visit and hand over the funds in person. After careful consideration we also decided to take our nine-year-old daughters, Willow and Bethany. It was a trip that was heart breaking, humbling and rewarding in equal measure. It was truly wonderful to meet the team at EK Pahel and the children and their families welcomed us with open arms. We handed out warm clothes to each child and sanitary towels to the older girls. The children generally don't own warm clothes and teenage girls cannot afford sanitary protection. To see the impact our funds made was incredible – just one pound can go such a long way there and can literally change lives". “Our girls agreed that it was a wonderful opportunity and they even taught the children for a day. It has been a life lesson that they will remember forever and an experience that has changed Nicky and I. Our ‘gratitude attitude’ is definitely getting much more use these days.” Nicky agrees. “Initially we thought of it as a quite scary thing to do, especially with the girls, but we all came away feeling so grateful for the experience. It has been an incredible eye-opener; my perspective has undoubtedly changed for the better as a result of having made the journey. The girls became acutely aware of what they have in comparison – we all did – and that is a real gift. We all feel very privileged to have not only visited, but also to know that we will return". “Some people have asked why we are supporting an Indian charity. Ultimately, it is about humanity. There are so many organisations doing great work all over the world and it is wonderful that different people opt to spread the love by supporting different charities. So much more good can be done by recognising need and refusing to treat compassion as something that can only be issued according to some sort of international postcode lottery.” Help us put a smile on the children’s faces.
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