“Hope, till hope creates”

Varanasi Newsletter April 2016

Two days on the road

This is the mobile nutrition vehicle. We distribute over 700 kg of food every month in this unit giving targeted nutrition that is time specific and is working to over 250 women and children. When you help the project in whatever way that you can you are part of this.

€14 pays the cost of the driver, his vehicle and petrol for 8 hours. In that time we can visit 3 of our smaller villages or one big village.

This is as real as perhaps I can make it. A €7 euro standing order to us will in 2 months pay for the Mobile Nutrition Unit to be on the road. The moment we don’t have that €14 it stops. But we will not let it stop because it is a lifeline for so many. This newsletter is about two different days out on the road


We need more standing orders download the standing order form here.


mobile unit

All packed up and ready to share what we have. Today it is the Moms turn.


DAY ONE


To begin with hope offers a chance at a better possibility. Last year we began our maternal nutrition program. In less than 12 months 78 babies have been born into the program. This is one of those babies being registered.

maternal nutrition program

Here I see a new beginning. To the Mother we say that you are worth it. Our maternal nutrition program distributes food once a month in two different areas.

maternal nutrition program

Hiding in the shade these women wait patiently to be assessed by our team

The dear one in the Vimeo video is also to be seen in the still image under the trees. Can you see her!

What does 32 kg mean from paddy mc mahon on Vimeo.

I call the picture below “the women’s conference call”. We were running the camp for over two hours and I realized that many of the women were not leaving. They passed some time together. They created a space for themselves to be and share, learn and grow. They created a space of empowerment. When you understand the way many parts of the world treat women, you know how precious this scene is.

women's clinic

We currently have 85 women on this program. One woman came 35 km because she heard that there was help being given. She fit the criteria. I believe I saw in her 2 things. Firstly, the need for help but secondly the need to be helped, to be cared for, to be valued and supported. The position of women in this society is difficult and they are in great need of support.

Another women came to our camp. She did not fit the criteria and so was refused. Half an hour latter I saw that she was still there and sitting alone. Our team said that she was sad that she was not on the program. To be married, 19 and 3 months pregnant and to feel sad. This is sad. We agreed to put her on the program. Sometimes the help given can be in the receiving.


Our Newest Program, The Angel Program

the angel program

Our work is in a state of evolution. In 2015 we began the maternal nutrition program in the city and this year we have started the Angel Program. These two programs are related because they are looking to prevent rather than react to a crisis. Hunger is a crisis.

The beginnings of the Angel Program

This came about on my second day back. I was in the hospital and I saw this child, this Angel, who was very small for her age, 12 years of age and 20 kg. Her proper weight should be nearly 40 kg.


DAY TWO


The Angel Program goes to the village. We currently have 60 girls on this program.

angel clinic

And they wait in line for their nutrition assessment.

The image below shows Pooja, who is being registered on our Angel Program. She is also 12 years of age and weighs 21kg almost half the weight that she should be. There is in us all a human instinct to survive. She waited patiently for over 2 hours as we distributed the Easy Paste. In her eyes you could see that she knew this was good for her. She carried a silent determination to be helped and an eagerness to take this opportunity that we were giving her.

angel clinic

Pooja being registered on our Angel Program

easy paste

And distribution of the Easy paste from our mobile unit


Opportunity for you to be part of the helping.

JOIN OUR BAG PACKING TEAM

It is a difficult reality to have to face but the project is struggling again for funds. We are doing too much and yet it is difficult to just stop or curtail giving food.

We have unexpectedly been given an early bag packing for Varanasi this coming week end and we need new people to join our team.
If you are in Cork city you can join our Bag Packing team. Contact shelly on 087 7051653

We currently do not have the funds to keep the Angel Program going. It is however too risky not to do it. If we wait for the perfect time, then that time may never come. Creation is a process of trust.


NEW TECHNOLOGY


nutrition monitoring

A chance meeting

A chance meeting and 10 months later we are trialing a nutrition monitoring app. More in the next newsletter

We would like to give a big thank you to ADA Security and their partner company Acumen, based in England, who are working on this completely free of charge.

THANK YOU!


Where are we going and how do we get there?

Every day my heart shows me the importance of the work that we are doing. In a way I have become softer with the passing of time. Life experience continues to show me how precious all human life is. All life has equal worth.

I know that it is within our possibility to have a world without hunger and inequality. Our very humanity depends on it. If we can have a city free of malnutrition what about an entire state, a country and a world. There is real hope only when we believe.

This is a link to a video that was done a few years ago, it explains the extraordinary manner on how the project started in 2004 how it has progressed. While looking forward it is always good to also see what we have done.

In 2015 We treated 597 children in our community malnutrition program, 120 pregnant women our maternal nutrition program, medicine given to almost 600 children and 75 admissions into our hospital.


One person can make a difference and everyone should try. – J.F.K.


To Conclude…

If your heart is called to action while reading this newsletter and the time is right for you to give either financially or by sharing your time or skills in helping to raise some much needed money and awareness, please get in touch. This project has taken flight but it is not going to be easy to keep it in the air. It takes us all and deep courage to give it the breath of life it needs. It is too important and there are too many people who need help for it to hoover in uncertainty.

Thank you all for reading the newsletter, for your continuing support, for your open hearts and for your highly valued involvement. Together we can make a difference and save countless lives.


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt


How You Can Help us

  • Be part of our bag packing team in cork city. In 2015 we raised 15000 euro of vital funds for the project. Next bag packing is this weekend.
  • Organize a small fund raiser for us such as coffee morning
  • Come up with a fund raising idea and we will support you in any way that we can
  • We are looking for some people who have experience in writing funding proposals
  • If you have any contacts in the media, I am always happy to speak on the radio or write articles in papers when I am at home.
  • You can Text India to 50300 to donate €4
  • Attend and/or promote local fundraisers
  • Share this newsletter
  • Talk about the project and spread the word.
  • 30% of all food that is produced in the world is throw away, do our bit and reduce food waste
  • Set up a direct debit or donate through PayPal on line
  • Click here to donate online now

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS


A Concert on Sunday Afternoon

8th May 3pm in Rochestown Park Hotel

with tea /coffee /biscuits at the interval.

Music from the musicals, some classical, some folk and trad.

Tickets 15 euro from Douglas Tidy Towns 0214894955 or Marian 0876555762.

These concerts find the lovely space that is the Sunday afternoon.
A beautiful mix of music and talent. I am sorry that I will miss it.


A new type of fundraising idea. I will miss this one as well!

Story Connect-Thon

Connecting Local, Reaching Global

ongoing until 12 June

Get involved and make connections in your local community while raising money for the Maternal Nutrition Program and Angel Program

For full details and sponsorship cards contact Deirdre, 0863378146, storyconnectathon@gmail.com


Following are some more public events in Cork

  • Journey of Birthing, Stories We Carry, Sunday 24 April, 3-7pm, €10. Top floor of Quay Coop. Come listen and share your stories of pregnancy, birth, loss, after birth, feeding
  • Story Thread, Sunday,12 June, Cyprus Avenue, 7pm-2am. €15/12. Night of story, music and dancing. Raffle.
  • Story Thread Family Event, Sunday, 12 June, 12-4pm, place to be confirmed. Storytelling, puppet show, Pilates, cakes and more.
  • Showing of the documentary, Older Than Ireland, centenarians in Ireland, followed by story sharing circle. Sunday, 22 May, The Roundy, €5, 4-7pm,

Pat Mc Mahon

Varanasi Children’s Hospital

Autumn 2014 – The magic box

A few weeks ago I was talking to two good friends of mine, the subject turned to what did “wise” mean? After some debate Eoin, who will be 10 this year, said “A wise person is someone who listens to people’s problems and tries to help” his younger sister agreed. The truth and innocence of a child stands full with meaning, honesty and compassion. We can perhaps all learn something by asking children their opinions on the world that we live in.

A little story

My sister Liz is classified with special needs. In her company I am often left to ponder who of us has the special needs. A few weeks ago I asked would she help me, as lazy and as beautifully predictable her response was “no”. I said that I needed somebody to take the buckets for the Bag packing down to the car. It is to help the children and she finished it, “of Varanasi”. Wellingtons on, without another word she ran out the door.

When she came back I said you have helped the children and she smiled and said thank you. I am not quite sure why she thanked me, perhaps our higher selves feel grateful when we can help. We raised 2700 Euro that weekend. Thank you to everyone else who were part of it.

We would like to thank Isaac and Joshua, two secondary school students who took video footage that I had taken with my phone in Varanasi this year and transformed it into a very short documentary about the project. It is called A journey to success, Lali’s Story. It is a reminder of what this project is all about.

A journey to sucess from paddy mc mahon on Vimeo.

Welcome to the magic box

The magic Box just after a delivery of Easy paste in August. This box is filled with 6000 pieces of magic

We are currently distributing over 1000 packets every week. Including transport to Varanasi each piece is costing us 30 cents. We have an average weight increase of 22g per day per packet. That is the magic

Payal is one of the 26 children that were discharged from our program last week. She is five years old and weighed only 9 kg. After 4 months on our program she gained a whopping 3.5 KG.

She is somebody’s daughter and sister. She is a child and she lives in this world. We need no picture to know who she is. This is both action and malnutrition and this is what we do. According to the world food program only one in every 7 children who need to be in a community malnutrition program like we are running is actually receiving treatment.

magic-box

Cork Person of the Month Award

In the month of July I was presented with Cork person of the month. I accept in on behalf of all the children that we have been privileged to help over the past years. It has been a journey of highs and lows but at its heart it has been a journey all about people. Thank you to all that have been part of it, from our crew of faithful bag packers to fundraising meetings to event organizers and donors.

A special thank you to my family who from the very first day when I returned home in 2004 and said a project has been started, have stood by the vision being birthed .

To our great team in India who do the work every day Reaka, Khokan, Jargernath and Praba and all the rest that makes up the Team. A special thank you to my Family who from the very first day when I returned home in 2004 to say a project has been started, have stood by the vision being birthed.

Finally I would like to thank myself. Well done to me for having believed in this great thing, for picking myself when I had fallen, learning to climb when I was afraid to look down. In sincere gratitude I say thank you for giving me the opportunity to help.

cork person of year

Name Change

The Varanasi Children’s Hospital has evolved many fold in the past number of years. A caged bird looking every day to the sky of potential. Two years ago Easy paste became available to us in India; seven packets were sent to Varanasi. I had waited 9 years for this. There is moments in one’s life that will never be forgotten. I held these packets and cried with joy and hope and knowing. Now 6000 packets are being delivered every 6 to 7 weeks. We run a maternal nutrition program to begin to break this cycle of malnutrition. Breastfeeding is best and perhaps going forward means first looking back and sometimes just going forward. We are giving targeted nutrition to over 170 women and children every day. A name is important, a defining statement of intent. At our core we are nutrition and at our heart we are Action.

Is it to be Action Malnutrition – www.actionmalnutrition.org Have your say because Nothing is decided. If this is to happen however we need support, a new web site needs to be established and all that goes with such a step. To the universe I let the idea fly to and see what comes back! We welcome your comments

Fundraising News

We are all part of is transforming lives every day. Everyone is needed and more are welcome. We are currently on target to treat 600 children this year in our community malnutrition program. This is the highest number that we have ever treated. A big well done to all of us.

Thank you to Eva Lynch for organising another great fundraiser for us. We all had a wonderful night of Dinner and song with Ultan Conlan in the beautiful place of Thomas Town, Killkenny last month. We raised a great 1700 Euro and not a scrap of food was left over.

ultan conlan

Can you spare an hour or two packing bags to raise money

A big thank you again to all our bag packers. Our next bag packing is this week the 24th to the 26th of September. These are vital fundraisers for us. Our Magic Box is getting low. We are looking for more bag packers so if you have some friends that might be able to help.

 

Two children started this newsletter and two are to finish it. Aylan Kurdi and Ajay Kumar. They both lost their lives some weeks ago. Aylan’s picture we all saw in our newspapers on the 3rd of September the child washed up on a Greek Island. He touched us all to our core. His image is etched in my mind and there it will stay as a reminder not to forget, his little shoes, Blue shorts and Red top. In the same week Ajay died in our hospital. He died from severe malnutrition. Both children died for very different reasons but at the core was inequality.

A wise person once said to me “listen to the problems of others and try to help”

Peaceful Autumn to you,

Pat McMahon
The Varanasi Team

089 9593147

June Newsletter

In less than 12 hours I leave India for Ireland. It is not with heavy heart that I leave but with bright and open spirit at returning to the land that I love. I return inspired and deeply honoured to be involved in this beautiful project. We are saving children’s lives every day. This is worth a moment to think about. We, of which you too are part because you are reading this letter, are saving children from dying in our world right now.

The sacred circle has many meanings, balance, going forward easily and without restriction. The project for the first time is now seeking to address all aspects of nutrition. This year we started a maternal nutrition program for undernourished pregnant women. We currently have 42 women on this program. With our first birth on this program some weeks ago it offers so much hope. The baby’s birth weight was 3kg. Razina’s last child’s birth weight was under 2.5 Kg.

It is almost like a dream to see that this baby, while still in her mothers womb, being identified as needing help and that help was given. 500g may not seem like a lot but this 500g is pure life bounding to get to the opportunity of life itself.

Last week we started an adolescent girls nutrition program for girls who are undernourished. We started this program like all of the other activities out of seeing the need. we have 5 girls on the program. To the future we look.

The project has given two commitments to the undernourished children of Varanasi. Firstly we will do every thing that we can do to find you and when found we will provide the best treatment available any where in the world. We currently have 114 children on our community malnutrition program.

Razina

All hands on the deck

At our current rate of spending we will run out of money in 3 months. This can be looked at in 2 ways; in 90 days we will run out of money or we still have money to work for another 90 days. I know how I see it.

Creating equality offers great opportunity. Bring forth your ideas of creativity and let us create a better future for us all.

Blessings

Pat Mc Mahon and the Varanasi Team

Varanasi Children’s Hospital

TO DONATE CLICK THIS LINK: http://varanasichildrenshospital.org/donate/

 

Latest news from Paddy in Varanasi

varanasi stamp

Dear Friend,

One day I was bathing in the River Ganges as is my habit of morning time. One child asked of me why don’t you swim? I told him I am scared to swim. He said we should not be afraid of anything. I responded that I think that it is OK to be afraid.

I think that we were both right.

I am now learning to swim and am improving a little every day. Two days ago I experienced swimming, for the first time in my life.

Our first birth of the maternal nutrition program happened last week. Mother and child are both healthy and strong. We currently have 27 women on the program, we would like to expand further.

Reaka and Praba. If I mention these two in every newsletter it is only because of the work that they do. In a country where women are repressed how beautiful to see these leaders shine through. This is Reaka, along with her sister Praba, she runs our mobile nutrition unit. One year ago Reaka could not read and write but her own desire to learn meant that she started to go to night classes. This picture says like no other what is possible with belief and support. Well Done Reaka

Reaka

We currently have 82 children on our malnutrition feeding program. On average each child stays on the program for 2 months. From August 2014 till April of this year, we have admitted and discharged 523 children.

A short Video of a child being discharged from our malnutrition program on the 7th of May 2015

001 from paddy mc mahon on Vimeo.

There is one lady who donates €2 to the project 6 or 7 times every year. I watch out for this. Each time I am humbled. You have thought at that moment of time of somebody else.

A huge thank you to all of you that make this project possible. It is your generosity and desire for change that keep the circles moving. A friend of mine wrote this recently. “If everybody helps a little then it is sure that all would be helped”.

Pat Mc Mahon

Varanasi Children’s Hospital

www.varanasichildrenshospital.org

089 9593147

TO DONATE CLICK THIS LINK: http://varanasichildrenshospital.org/donate/

 

An update from Paddy from Varanasi

varanasi stamp

Dear friend,

So I have arrived back in Varanasi, this vast city, so very far from my home in Ireland.

News there is a plenty, many tales I could tell, but I will tell just a few so that I can show you how valuable your support is to us. What it allows us to do.

Our malnutrition project has now extended to ten slum areas. Our vision is that area by area we will find and treat every child with malnutrition. Last week our team got back from one area. I asked how many children they found who needed to come into our malnutrition program and the answer made my heart race, ‘None.. zero!’. This is not a bottomless pit. I believe we are winning.

On the 6th of February I went out with our malnutrition team. Two of us on a motor bike with a big box of Easy Paste (the food solution to malnutrition) to distribute to children.

Someone caught my eye on the way. The bike had gone too far to stop. On our way back I remembered her. A look in an eye I would not forget. We saw her on our return and this time we did stop. The woman that we found at the end of the day became the first woman to be put on our new maternal nutrition program. We currently have twenty women who are pregnant and severely malnourished themselves. Little big steps.

On Sunday the first of March, the official start of our new feeding program for undernourished pregnant women. I meet some one that I had not seen in some years. The little shell of a child whom I found almost 10 years ago she was the first child treated on the malnutrition program all that time ago.

This picture invokes, I believe, all that we try to do. It is a picture that says without a doubt “I am here”.

tiza

From where you were dear Tiza to who you have become I am proud of you.

With a deep sense of gratitude we thank you

Pat Mc Mahon

Varanasi Children’s Hospital

 

 

Hope there is

An incredible day, a day of the humanity.
A day where lives of people were on display.
Down on their luck,
somehow not seen,
houses of plastic,
places you know that there has been suffering,
and yet I am full of hope.

A two year old running I saw today.
2 months ago he,
unable to walk because of malnutrition.
And how she ran and how and how all who saw were imparted with joy and goodwill.

This is more than a story it is humanity’s tale.

This is you and me;
you see this is what I see,
because it is this that is we.

Suffering does not happen in places,
it happens in people,
when you remove the obstacle of distance,
then it only takes eyes to see.

But still there is another step,
to take,
to understand,
that they are your brothers and sisters,
your mothers and fathers.
I cannot dare to think of it,
I am too strong to be weak,

Yet I know,
weakness is our noblest and truest response to humanity
The paradox begins and ends with us,
to love,
to feel worthy of,
and then the magic begins.

Begins because it ripples out,
love cannot be contained,
do not doubt that within it is,
And bursting to get out,
to make you and the world a better place.

Creating equality,
it is huge opportunity,
to have purpose,
to let the love flow.

Women,
mother to be,
no food you,
the same in every culture,
mother eats after every one else,
children feed,
as best can be.

But young growing baby,
within,
is hungry, tonight,
this very night,
the 6th of February 2015

Tomorrow will be better,
not be so hungry,
because tomorrow we come bring you food,
7 months pregnant living on the side of road,
35 kilograms in weight,
this exists in our world.

We do this,
because you are our mother,
father,
sister and brother.

 

6th February 2015

 

 

New Year News

The Varanasi Children’s Hospital would like to thank everyone for their support during 2014. We wish you a beautiful and rewarding emerging year and One that is possibility filled. It has been an extraordinarily productive year for the project while marking our 10th anniversary.

For the first time in the project’s history over 450 children were treated last year in our new community based malnutrition program when previously our capacity was 110 at the hospital. All the while we’ve maintained our hospital for critically ill children and continue to support near to 200 area students with the help of 6 teachers provided training and salaries through our project. In addition the project currently offers tuition for near to 50 of these students to continue their educations having graduated from these primary schools.

This has all taken a huge amount of work both in Varanasi treating these children and here in Ireland with the fundraising making it all possible. From boat races to afternoon recitals, bag packing to sunflower days, individual donations and multiple other creative initiatives; a huge amount of people have played a part to make this possible. Without you the project would simply not have continued.

Paddy was interviewed by Pat Kenny

On the 4th of December we were on the national airways with Pat Kenny. There was an overwhelmingly positive response with over 7000 Euro being donated.

To follow is the interview if you are interested to listen in. Click here to listen

A story…

babyEach child is a ray of light, of possibility and sacredness. I find that it is important to remind oneself of this. After the interview a mother told her 7 year old daughter about a hospital in a far away place called Varanasi. Her daughter stood outside their estate and in some act of ingenuity raised €123 for the project! At around the same time a 5 day old baby was brought to our hospital critically ill with septicaemia( poison in the blood). The child recovered with treatment costs just over €123. Circles, we are all connected.

More media coverage

Paddy will be on the Today Show on RTE1 on January 13th

And, we have been given yet another opportunity on the airwaves, this time television , this upcoming Tuesday, Jan 13th on the Today Show, RTE1 between 4:30 and 5:30. This opportunity to be heard is a precious one and although nervous, the necessity in sharing these stories helps overcome my fear. Your support would be most welcome.

If we get a more exact time for the interview, we will send you a short e mail!

We look ahead now to 2015. My flight is booked with departure from Ireland at January’s end. It is with a tinge of sadness that as always I leave but also a great degree of optimism at the direction the project is taking. We have set ourselves a target of treating 800 children in 2015. Only with your help and support can this happen. Last year a remarkable €40 thousand was raised, in order for the vision to continue, we will need your continued support.

I welcome you to join in the journey over the coming months with our regular updates containing stories thoughts and ponderings from Varanasi. They will, I hope begin to take on a slightly freer form for these months ahead: A journey through what I see and feel.

May all beings find peace

Pat Kenny radio interview Tomorrow at 10.40am

Turn the dial and listen in

newstalk

Paddy is being interviewed by Pat Kenny on NewsTalk 106 to 108 tomorrow Thursday the 4th of December at 10.40. Tune in if you can.

NewsTalk 106-108fm or if you are outside Ireland you can tune in online at http://www.newstalk.com/

Lets Celebrate 10 Years of Varanasi Children’s Hospital

bag packing this weekend

An invitation is going out to all who have helped the project in any way down through the years. Our 10 year anniversary party is happening on Saturday 29th November. A Celebration of the passage of time, to eat, make merry, to dance and give thanks for all that has been and will be. We would love to see you there, to join the potluck dinner and later for dance. You can purchase tickets for the dance online here http://bpt.me/945900

Celebrate!

varanasi childrens hospital birthday party

It has been a long road, one paved in loneliness and solidarity, with coming together and believing; how a chance meeting with a Doctor in Varanasi could within minutes establish The Varanasi Children’s Hospital and how all that happened 10 years ago this month.

Some moments that I shall not forget and that I would like to share with you

November2004: The beginnings

Having worked on my own for six months on the streets of Varanasi taking poor children to hospitals, with my money almost over, an impulse without logic lead me to extend my six month visa by one extra month. On the very same day that I should have flown back to Ireland; I meet by the chance of faith itself Dr K.k.Sing, a pediatrician. Who was just setting up a small private children’s hospital. He had found a building bigger than he needed. At that very moment in November 2004 the hospital and project were born.

One year later

TizaTiza and her broken malnourished body whom I found after getting lost a slum area in 2005. The unthought of vision of creating the first malnutrition centre in the city of Varanasi began with her recovery.

and

Sunni

Although we have a very high rate of success in the project. Sunni was the first child that I looked after who died because of Hunger. It has left a deep sadness within me. It touched a place in my heart that gave me the conviction to carry on: to continue questioning why malnutrition exists and to play my part innovating solutions to hunger in our world.

Here is a short link to a audio clip about Sunni and his story.
https://audioboom.com/boos/254032-sunnys-story

2011

Minutes after having to close the hospital for admissions due to lack of funds, (This was the first time that we were forced to take this step) the phone rang. Someone having picked me up hitch-hiking some months previous says “I have some money for you,” and offers a 1000 euro donation. It was enough to again reopen the doors, while maybe more importantly, restoring hope. The universe gave a very definitive answer to my question, “yes, we are with you, please carry on.”

In 2013

The moment that will carry with me forever to a warm place inside was when I held seven packets of food weighing 92 grams each. The green packaging called Eezy Paste. This is well know as “Plumpy nut”. We were only the second organization in India to be using this wonder food for malnutrition. As I knew it would, it has transformed the project. It gave the project wings to fly, a malnutrition center with no walls. Currently we have 74 children on the six week program. Before, we were limited by our hospital beds, now 90% of the children can be treated in their homes with this high energy food. It has been a huge struggle to be allowed to use this in India. We are now becoming the pioneers of this type of treatment in India.

eezy paste

It had been my dream for many years to use this amazing packed food in India.

Looking forward…

But it’s the future now to which we set our sites. Eezy Paste is an answer because it allows us to treat children with severe malnutrition in their communities rather than have them admit to a hospital for up to 1 month for feeding. However, and it is this that is the looking forward, it is still only part of the answer. The project now is entering its next phase, creating one integrated program using Eezy Paste along with maternal nutrition and breast feeding promotion. This new part to the program is scheduled to begin next year. It will be the first time a program treats acute malnutrition in the community while working preventatively through maternal nutrition education and the promotion of breast feeding. We are all very excited about this.

What is happening now?

Today

asmani

Our malnutrition team found 20 severely malnourished children in one small area alone, the highest number of children ever found in one day. With the approaching cold winter months, there is yet another huge degree of urgency about our work. We are fighting against a clock. Winter in Northern India starts in about 2 weeks time. A hign percentage of children with severe malnutrition will die in the coming 3 months from hyperthermia, for the absence of body fat to keep them warm. It is with great sadness to acknowledge that it is a race that we will not win but determined we are not to lose.

To continue, we need your support. We need to expand our dimensions to a place where money is not a limiting factor. We can play a huge role in ending hunger in our world.

How far does your money go!

Based on the average cost of the last 150 children admitted into the program in the past 5 months it will cost 43 Euro to fully treat this little child for malnutrition. She was found by our malnutrition team on Friday Asmani weighs 4.5 k.g or 9.5 pounds. The normal weight for a child here would be 20 to 23 pounds. We all need to take the time to do the math on that.

This cost is broken down as follows

Cost of the Easy Paste 17 euro
Medicine
( cost including hospitalization tests etc)
14 euro
Wages 8 Euro
Travel costs 4 Euro

To continue to grow and have days like today where 20 children are found in one area we continue to need your kind and generous support.

Recent Fundraisers

Recent fundraisers for us included bag packing in Marks and Spencer which raised 2850 Euro. We need volunteers for bag packing this weekend. The Community Healing Clinic raised 335 Euro. Many thanks to all who gave their time and energy to those events.

Upcoming Events

Bag Packing this Thursday to Saturday in Marks and Spencer 20th – 22nd November. We need people to fill the tills. Contact Paddy – 089 9593147

Another Musical Event

A musical event with the beautiful voice of Amanda Neri will take place on Thursday the 11th of December, a time to be romanced by soaring melodies with mulled wine, minced pies and ancient candlelight walls, this event will Celebrate the 750 anniversary of St Peters Church. Tickets on sale at the Cork Vision Centre phone 021 4279925. Proceeds are going to local Cork charities of which Varanasi is now a part of. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

eezy paste

With the important work that we have to do and with money always being difficult to find, remember that the Varanasi project has no administration costs in Ireland. 100% of your donation goes out to Varanasi. You can donate via the website.

We have meetings each month in Cork city, all welcome, for further details and times phone Paddy, 089 9593147

And thanks to yourself for taking the time to read about us.

Hope that you can make the celebration on the 29th,

Paddy and the Varanasi Cork Team.

www.varanasichildrenshospital.org

089 9593147