Christmas at RIDE!

Through the generosity of family and friends from the UK, Australia and Germany giving to our ‘Alternative Christmas’ appeal we raised enough money to buy over 130 gifts which were yesterday donated to the poorest children from villages around Kanchipuram, most of whom have been released from labour through RIDE’s child labour programs.

The day was an absolute blast, it seemed to start in such an orderly fashion with the teachers leading queues of children, all in their best dress, to the centre. It soon turned to chaos. And handing out balloons to children is fine, as long as you don’t mind blowing them ALL up yourself! But seeing the children’s faces and the sheer intense excitement when they received their gifts was something that will stay with me forever. Thanks to all those who made it so special.

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