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Message from Peter Lakin, President November 2012

My name is Peter Lakin and I am President of Alamelu Children’s Homes (Canada). I first became involved in this organization more that forty years ago during a visit to India. Later I formed a Canadian group to raise funds to support SKGA, drawing on a pool of friends and fellow teachers.

In 2002 Alamelu Children’s Homes was recognized as a charitable organization in Canada. Virtually all the funds we raise are donated directly to the orphanage. Our board is entirely volunteer, there are no paid staff, and our expenses are minimal (bank charges, postage, etc).

I am about to make my seventh visit to SKGA this winter (2013). I have watched children grow up and start families. I now correspond with several on Facebook. Most have normal working class lives; some have excelled. One young woman has become a doctor. Another is a successful lawyer in Chennai (Madras with two young children. I am looking forward to attending a wedding on February 14 (!) of another young man now working in IT in Bangalore. SKGA now has support from groups in France, Denmark and Holland as well as from us in Canada, but the 2008 recession hit hard.

Support from Europe has been reduced to a trickle while we in Canada are holding our own. A few years ago SKGA had 175 children under their roof and now it has far less than 150. The cost of food in just a few months in 2009 doubled, and it continues to climb along with inflation which has hovered around 9% for several years.

We need your help more than ever to continue supporting the children there.

Peter Lakin St John’s / Toronto

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