To address issues of poverty, lack of education and lack of opportunity to fulfill potential, by providing for the physical, emotional, medical and educational needs of 35 deprived children in the Lady Lynn Joyful Home for Children, an orphanage built by The ERANDA Foundation in 2004. Additionally, the project will support grass roots Livestock Management and Veterinary services in the 26 villages, purchase 700 cows, maintain a specialist livestock feed unit and milk chilling plant, and provide a new teacher for the Early Learning Centre.
Detailed budgets and quarterly progress reports will be provided and Sir Evelyn and Lady de Rothschild, together with external experts, will be in touch and visit on a regular basis.
In 1996 Sir Evelyn de Rothschild's sister had a chance conversation with a local man, whilst walking though a village in India. The man was the Director of a local grass roots charity (IRDC) and he very much impressed Mrs Robeson with his commitment and vision and the local need for support was clear. Thus began the relationship between The ERANDA Foundation and IRDC. Many of the people who live in this parched and barren landscape fall well below the poverty line and others travel long distances to find seasonal work on farms and in factories. They are landless people relying on common grazing and what forage they can gather from the roadsides to keep their livestock. Having to travel such long distances to work or perform routine daily tasks, such as fodder or water collection, the wellbeing of the children is often sadly neglected. Thus IRDC concentrates on the health and education of children, as its primary aim. As the men of the villages are often far away at work sometimes for months on end, much of the work is done by the women. As a result IRDC also runs women's forums in the villages so that all assistance that is given is appropriate and well accepted. The charity has been operating since 1987 and its experienced and dedicated staff will manage the developments contained in this commitment, with financial support and expertise of The ERANDA Foundation.