Scarlet’s Fund is delighted to have been able to support Eliza Herbert to run a small book making and publishing project in India. She said ‘I encouraged them to write books about their lives in Himachal Pradech so they all created books about loving India, about Thalli and Suni the local towns, and included India flags and flowers and things. There were 25 kids from grades 6,7 and 8… They told me that they have never done anything like it before, that they never use colour at all, they have no scissors, no glue, no pencils etc. Even though it is supposed to be one of the better schools in the region.
The worst part is that I couldn’t leave the stationary I bought with the school because the teachers apparently take them home for themselves and do not give them to the kids. So instead I am going to give them to the charity Asra that was started by Kelly’s friend Puran (the family that I am staying with). They are running a number of programs for poorer kids in the area and were delighted at the idea. I feel that the gifts will go to much better use this way and the kids will actually get to use them.
We are so pleased Eliza was able to undertake this work. This is a wonderful project for Scarlet’s Fund as it supports creative engagement with children, in a developing community and also helps empower Eliza to undertake such work. Well done Eliza – thanks SO much!!