It will be very difficult to continue our activities in India, but we shall do it, for all the reasons why we started these activities in the first place. So why this statement on our web site? Child Aid’s bankers in India, HSBC India (I stress not HSBC UK nor HSBC HK), have cancelled banking facilities for us, with no reason given. We have been a customer of HSBC India for over twenty years, then all of a sudden they decided to close our banking with them, first our charity banking, then our Founder Trustee’s personal account. Neither bank account has ever been in debit; we have never asked for a loan, our activities have been funded by your, our sponsors, kind support and to a substantial extent, by our Trustees.
CHILD AID was formed in 2000, by a small group of people who accidentally became involved in the problems many rural villages experience in Southern India. It was a story of one person sponsoring a few children from a charity based outside of the UK, on the understanding that he visited those children. Which he did, following that visit, it almost became mandatory to start a similar charity to help, based in the UK. Now Child Aid is a very active charity involved in a wide range of activities in Southern India.
It has funded the education of children in six villages in rural Tamil Nadu, it has built a five classroom primary school. It has changed the lives of three other villages providing toilets in those villages - a luxury no rural village ever had. Then the Tsunami came and Child Aid was on the spot only a few weeks after – a story on it own. It has worked to supporting a children’s home for girls who had no parents and is shortly to build a childrens home of its own from land donated by a supportive Indian businessman.
It is easy to say, but it is true, every sponsorship `penny, ever cent` from individual sponsors goes to helping the child or children sponsored. None of the individual sponsor’s hard earned donation goes to administration. This to date has been down to the Trustees and a number of individual supporters and corporates who like the various projects being undertaken by Child Aid and have supported Child Aid itself.