LAST MONTH, four keen and dedicated members of The Rotaract Club of Thurrock took their passion to help others across the world to the city of Chennai, India.
The Thurrock residents spent two weeks volunteering at the Ebenezer Home and Social Outreach organization. EHSO (for short) works with people of all ages in and around South India providing much needed support and security.
Rotaract District Chairman Claire Pavitt reported that it was a pleasure and an honour to be a part of such a remarkable organisation whom provide help and support to anyone who is in need, allowing the disadvantaged population to have an opportunity to lead normal and fulfilled lives.
The children’s home began in 1986 when founder Rev Stanley rescued two neglected children off the streets. To date, the home has provided shelter and warmth for over 300 hundred children, all thanks to one mans passion for his community.
The majority of the children accommodated by the organisation had been orphaned, and although they had suffered trauma in their lives they were incredible human beings. Vice President Carrie-Ann Spurgeon said ‘ to know the children were orphaned was heart breaking but they were so happy and content in their new home, this showed us how amazing the staff at EHSO really are’. The children have clearly left firm footprints on the hearts of Rotaract.
Club Secretary Sean Waters added ‘The trip was the best experience of my life and I can not wait to return with Rotaract and build a play area for the children next year’. Honorary member and club photographer Sarah Tape said ‘the trip was a real eye opener , we met some of the most honest and kind hearted people you will ever meet’.
EHSO truly is an inspirational organisation not only supporting children but also offering women a chance of an independent lifestyle by opening tailoring tuition centres which could allow them to earn much needed money from their newly acquired skills. Additionally, there was a facility offering infants and the elderly a chance to attend a Daily Care Centre which allowed them to be enriched socially and emotionally.
The Rotaract Club would like to send a huge special thank you to the people who made this relief project possible: The Rotary Club of Grays Thurrock, Rotary Club of Stanford & Corringham, St Clements Lodge Buffalos and Gulf Air. ‘Without their support, we could not have helped others less fortunate than ourselves- we are extremely grateful for this and for the life changing memories that it has left us with’.