The six-member team will be traveling to tsunami reconstruction sites that were funded by private charitable donations. The team will be constructing huts that will replace those that were destroyed by the 2004 tsunami, and they will also conduct eyeglass and medical clinics in multiple locations.
One of the sites the team will be serving at is the Orphans Faith Home, an orphanage and school where many Americans sponsor children and widows through India Partners. Recently this site has also served as a refuge for 600 people who were affected by devastating flooding which was brought by two consecutive cyclones this fall.
"India Partners is thankful for the volunteers who will be going on this team to serve those in need," says Brent Hample, Executive Director of India Partners. Hample will lead the team, which will include members from Porterville, California; Vancouver, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Eugene, Oregon. On November 20 the team will return with photographs and video footage of the tsunami reconstruction sites as well as media covering the recent cyclone and flooding destruction.
India Partners is a faith-based international development and relief organization that has been supporting self-help projects in India since 1984. They are committed to helping the poor and the marginalized in India to help themselves by providing education, health care, village development, training for the physically disabled and vocational training. India Partners programs also include disaster relief, child and widow sponsorship programs, and volunteer teams to India.
How To Help :
By Internet: www.indiapartners.org
By phone: 1-888-870-9085
By mail: India Partners, PO Box 5470, Eugene, OR 97405
Brent Hample, Eugene, Oregon: 541-683-0696