Most of the children have to go to other institutions for education and training. Our facility is located in an area which is still not well connected by public transport. The girls have to walk fairly far to get a bus. Most days their training programmes finish late and they are back only by 8pm. this means that they have to walk alone on lonely deserted roads – this was a matter of concern to us. We were looking for help to buy a vehicle to transport the children safely and efficiently. Our heartfelt thanks to i-flex solutions for their continued faith and support and for making this bus a reality.
Our grateful thanks to i-flex
solutions for their contribution in seeing our facility
come up at Doddagubbi. We once again record our appreciation
to Ms. H.K. Gayathri, Mr. Peter Yorke , Mr. A.
Srinivasan and Mr. Hariharan who
made this possible.
Mr. Peter Yorke and
his wife Mrs. Matilda Yorke who visited us in
Thank you Dr. Annakoos Weirsinga
and Mr. Bastiaan Du Pre of Stichting Geron
and Mr. Tacco of CORDAID both from the
Netherlands which contributed towards the cost of the
The ACB, Berlin, Germany who
helped us begin our work with the drilling of the much needed bore
GIVE INDIA has been a constant
support and the encouragement we receive from them in an otherwise
difficult area of work has helped to sustain our work.
Beulla and Vasanth Kumar from
Berlin who visited us and the construction site in Doddagubbi in
The staff of Tata Consulting
Engineers who visited during the Diwali festival and lit
up the centre with their presence.
Ms. Magdalena Salis from
Switzerland visited in the month of November and was busy teaching
the children art work including how to make jewelry from stone and
crystal. Many of our well-wishers and friends have received
such jewelry. For the first time our children made the
Christmas cards and all our donors and friends were the recipients
of these cards.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bouldjoua
and Ms. Liliane Jacques from Switzerland came in
February 2006 and had a concert at St Andrews church to
raise funds for the building. Incidentally they also performed for
Kutumba on the 29th of January 2006 in Switzerland. Liliane
Jacques – Studied the flute at the conservatorium at Geneva.
She studied under Andre Pepins where she obtained her virtuosity .
She also studied with Brigitte Buxtorf. Liliane is a teacher at
the conservatorium and also performs at concerts both as a
soloist and in an orchestra. Daniel Bouldjoua did his music
studies in Grenoble, France and Geneva . He has performed in
concerts both in Switzerland and abroad. Works with Pierre Segond
for organ music and Pierre Wissmer for composition.
Sumana and Sujana continue to excel in
their music lessons at the Bangalore School of
Music. Our deep appreciation to Dr. Chandra
Thomas and Ms. Rebecca Thomas for the
efforts towards motivating and guiding our students.
Our thanks to Mrs. Aruna
Sunderlal director of BSM who is patient with them.
In December we were given an opportunity to run
the food stall at the Good Shepherd Auditorium. Mr.
Reggie Chandy the Director of ‘Glorious’
the renowned choir was kind enough to encourage Kutumba to
venture out in an entirely new area. The experience of
coordinating and re sourcing was very fulfilling.
Varkey Thomas and his committed
staff were able to translate our dreams into brick and
cement. We started the construction in July 2005 and were
able to move into the facility late in March 2006. His
disabled friendly structures and beautiful eye catching
landscaping makes the Home a haven for our children.
The foundation stone for our facility was laid
and dedicated by Mrs. Esther Cornelius Treasurer
of Kutumba and founder of many institutions in South India for the
physically and mentally challenged.
We would also like to thank Binu,
C.George, Clementine, Col.Pundareek, Emma bruers, Eva Zimmerman,
Girija, Hannelora hegel, Katharina Pfister, Leena Ajay, Nety,
Rangan Gagglar, Rita, Sangeetha, Susie Anandan for their
presence and contributions.
We are deeply grateful to Bethel Student
Centre, Emmanuel Technologies, GIVE U.S.A, Methodist Church
W.F.Indiranagar, St. John’s W.F for their support.