I went to TRUST in summer 2009 for 4 weeks with Kat Manchip and loved every minute of it. Since then we have become trustees of the support group and have run the paris marathon for TRUST.
The home is an amazing place and I want as many people as possible to have the chance to experience the values and attitudes of the charity and to meet the children. They are absolutely amazing, TRUST children's home is like a large family and they are so much fun and some of the nicest children I have ever met.
I went back in Summer 2012 for 1 week on my own to see the children and Thirumaran's family again, a short time but still as wonderful as ever.
I visited TRUST Children's Home for three months this year from February - June 2012. While I was there I taught English and other subjects as 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.
I first met Thirumaran and all at TRUST when I stayed with his family whilst working at a local hospital in early 2005. They were incredibly warm and welcoming and I had a great time. Before I left, Thirumaran told me of his plans to open a children's home to care for those affected by the Tsunami, which had occurred only a few months earlier. I came back home determined to help.
I visited again in spring 2007 (with Chrissie), by which time the home was up and running. It was fantastic to see Thirumaran's dream come true, with 40-something children being cared for, loved and given an education. A third visit last year with my parents was amazing. The difference in the children was immediately obvious. They were no longer individual children from disparate backgrounds, linked only by their need for protection. They are a family. They have support, love, and a bright future.
None of this would be possible without Thirumaran's boundless energy. Despite constant worry over where the next rupee will come from and seemingly innumerable hurdles to overcome, he never loses hope. I hope that TRUSTChildren UK will be able to provide some financial sustainability and allow Thirumaran to focus his efforts both on bringing up his, now extended, family, and improving the quality of life of others within the local community.
Sometimes when I look at the health and social justice problems we face at home and abroad it can be easy to get discouraged, and wonder what one person can do. But I think of the smiling faces of the children at TRUST, and it helps me remember that for them, we can make a difference.
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 just graduated as a vet and am now working in London.
I originally found out about Trust from another girl at university who said she'd had an amazing time. I had booked flights to India within a week and promptly forgot about the whole thing for the next 6 months. I had absolutely know idea what to expect of the place. Allie and I went out to trust during summer 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 have ever been to. I actually found myself forgetting that these children have no parents, although Banu and the ladies that run Trust are wonderful.
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, Becca and Chrissie to form a UK based support charity for Trust.
Three years down the line and Trust Children's Support Group UK has really grown. It is unbelievably exciting to see things steadily expand over the years, I am looking forward to the next chapter! I also can't wait to get out to India and visit trust again!
Visited twice in 2012, April and August, after my son Finn's visit in Jan. Helped to start the building project for a new boy's home.
My family have been supporting TRUST since my daughter Becca stayed with Thirumaran and his family during a gap year in 2005. I visited for four nights in May 2009 and returned determined to redouble my efforts to support the children's home.