(Treasurer and first contact with the Support Group) My family have been supporting TRUST since my daughter Becca stayed with Thirumaran and his family during a gap year in 2005. Having retired, my wife and I visited for four nights in May 2009 and I returned determined to redouble my efforts to support Thirumaran and the Children's Home. This Support Group, set up and run by visitors to TRUST Children's Homes, is the result.
I first visited TRUST and India at Easter in 2007, with Becca. It was a whirlwind of new and exciting experiences and I feel really blessed that I was able to go. I was completely amazed by Thirumaran, his family, and all at the home, and all the work that is going on in the local community as well. I'm very excited that this support group has been set up and am beginning to collect ideas for ways in which to raise money.
I've now graduated as a vet and I'm working in London.
I originally found out about TRUST from another girl at university who said she'd had an amazing time there. I had booked flights to India within a week and promptly forgot about the whole thing for the next 6 months. I had absolutely no idea what to expect of the place. I went out to TRUST with another university friend during the summer of 2009. To say I was inspired by the place would be the biggest understatement of my life! It is the most positive, loving place I've ever been to. I actually found myself forgetting that these children have no parents.
We came home and immediately booked a place to run the Paris marathon to try and raise money. We also got in touch with Richard and formed a UK based support charity for TRUST.
TRUSTchildren Support Group UK has really grown. It is unbelievably exciting to see things steadily expand over the years and I am looking forward to the next chapter! I also can't wait to get out to India and visit TRUST again!
I visited twice in 2012, April and August, after my son Finn's visit in January. I helped to start the building project for the new Boy's Home that was required so that boys and girls could be accommodated separately.
I visited TRUST Children's Home for three months, from February - June 2012. While I was there I taught English and other subjects at TRUST India School in the village, and went to the Children's home in the evenings to play, study and eat with the children. I also visited other local schools, hospitals, other public charity functions, the law Courts and taught English speaking and writing to an older man for an hour a few times each week.