Anna’s parents, Guy and Caroline, first visited Kerala in January 2014 to discuss how the Trust’s funds would be spent. The picture shows them at the Auxilium School and Orphanage in Kochi with some of the children whom Anna taught when she was there.
The school held a special assembly for Anna, with the children singing a blessing in Malayalam, the local language – a beautiful and moving tribute.
This was followed by a tour of the school and orphanage, and meetings with Sister Mercy (head of the school) and Sister Theresia. These wonderful nuns have devoted their lives to caring for the children, encouraging them to excel in their studies and to help the orphan girls rebuild their shattered lives.
Anna’s parents also visited two other schools in the area, one of which is a home for disabled children, and decided to support both. ACT’s very first gift was the purchase of a new wheelchair for a child with cerebral palsy to replace the old makeshift one (pictured right).
Guy makes regular visits to Kochi to check on progress and assess new projects. Anna’s parents pay all the expenses associated with running the charity, including these project visits to India, and we are proud to say that every penny we raise for ACT goes directly towards helping the children in Kerala.