Friday, 25 January 2019

Aid from Down Under!

Deputy High Commissioner from Australia, Rod Hilton unveiling new bunk beds at Udayan
Diya jumped up and down on her new bed - she had claimed the top bunk and her excitement was clear ...

The bunk beds are just one feature of the support given by the Australian Consulate as part of their 'Direct Aid Program' and Rod Hilton, Deputy High Commissioner (Delhi) along with Hilary McGeachy (First Secretary) unveiled the new items on their recent visit to Udayan.

Previously, the children aged 2-5 in Charinda Home in Udayan, slept in long rows of mattresses on the ground - with home sewn 'teddies' gracing their pillows when they made their beds every morning.

Today they have their own mattress, pillow, sheets, blankets, mosquito net and bunk bed with storage for their few possessions - and they couldn't be more thrilled about it!

"Udayan has a long association with Australia and its great to see this relationship strengthened with this incredible support" said Chairperson, Emily R Menon, who is herself, an Australian.

"This grant helps us maintain a certain quality in delivering our Home program to children, and we are grateful for the investment in these essential items!” she said.

The grant also helped buy new plates and cups for the children who fill it full each day with 3 hot meals of nutritious Bengali food.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program funded by the Australian Government and managed through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The program supports NGO based projects that have a strong development focus, contribute to poverty reduction, and strengthen communities in India.

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