TFWA Care has supported its work almost since the Trust was founded. TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen and World Duty Free Group business relations and external affairs director Sarah Branquinho became involved in The Lotus Flower Trust through their son, who helped on one of the projects in India. After visiting the project and themselves helping with construction, Sarah and Erik sought TFWA involvement in the cause.
TFWA Care has supported a number of projects launched by the Lotus Flower Trust. In recent years TFWA Care has helped the Trust complete the construction of the following schools in the remote areas of India:
- Brahmaputra Home for Railway Children in Guwahati
- A home for staff at the Ashram Shala Savada school
- Nalanda Residential Primary School for boys and girls in Ladakh
- International School for English Language (ISELL) in Ladakh
- An accommodation block for girls at the Middle School in Ladakh
- Additional classrooms and toilet block in Montessori Junior High School in Jawasha Nagar
All the projects undertaken by the Lotus Flower Trust make a huge difference to the quality of care and teaching provided to children in parts of India where educational infrastructure is practically non-existent. As Lotus Flower Trust CEO John Hunt says: "The only way out of poverty is through the education of children! So the Lotus Flower Trust works at grass-roots level providing children with well-built schools with caring teachers and homes where the children can feel safe and have dignity.”
Project in 2019
This year, TFWA will continue its partnership with Lotus Flower Trust to further its mission and help eradicate poverty through education in the most remote part of India. In the province of Manali, the locals are from a very poor farming community and the prospect to improve one's livelihood in this remote region in Uttrakhand in Northern India is very slim. The rest of the nation has benefited from India's modernization and its growing economy except for this corner of the subcontinent. Once again, the Trust has been tasked to fund the construction of 5 new classrooms, toilets and a teachers office at the Himalayan Public School in Manali. The building of the new classrooms will allow 150 more children to be enrolled who would normally end up in child labour if they are unable to have access to school.
In the province of Manali, the locals are described as subsistence farmers who live off from what they grow. Poverty is never far away in this part of the world. Jobs are scarce and the locals do not have much option other than to pursue a livelihood in agriculture. The only way out of poverty is through education and by building schools to give the children in this region the chance to learn more than what their parents have acquired. By supporting the building of new classrooms, TFWA Care opens an opportunity for the children in Manali a chance to breakout from their current situation. Little by little, we can help make a difference for a brighter future.
The current size and structure of Himalayan School Manila.
Classrooms at Himalayan School Manila
Gathering after recess
Himalayan School Manila will open its doors to 150 more students after the reconstruction
Break time for students.
Girls are encouraged to receive primary school education at Himalayan School Manila.
Reconstruction at Montessori Junior High School
Project in 2018
Last year, TFWA Care provided financial assistance to Lotus Flower Trust for the refurbishment of eight additional classrooms and the building of new toilet blocks at the Montessori Junior High School in the remote village of Jawasha Nagar in Uttrakhand. The school was in very poor condition and accomodated more students than it can handle. The toilets were in horrible condition and required major reconstruction to provide clean water and proper sanitation to the staff and students. Dysentery was rampant and a common cause on why the students were ill for periods of time.
TFWA Care is committed to helping marginalized communities all over the world. Thanks to the funding received, the Montessori Junior High School were able to open its doors to 200 more students. In addition, everyone at the Montessori can now have access to clean water and better sanitation facilities. Last year's grant also enabled the Trust to provide a stable salary to the teachers and hire local builders for the reconstruction. This small token lifted the local economy and gave more opportunities for kids to receive basic education.