Help A Village Effort nears fundraising goal for 2020

Minden-based charity Help A Village Effort has been working with rural villages in India for nearly four decades, turning donations from Canada into clean water and hygiene resources through partnerships with trusted non-governmental organizations. Funding in recent years has gone to the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal on the east coast of India. In 2020, while much of the world has been grappling with the coronavirus, the region of West Bengal had yet another challenge as Cyclone Amphan ripped through the east coast of the country, downing trees and power lines, killing more than 70 people in… [ read more ]


We left for SPREAWS on Thursday, Feb. 3rd in the afternoon after visiting several villages in Chittoor.  We arrived  late afternoon (6PM) after a 5 hr drive. We visited 5 villages and  an office of SPREAWS on Friday. These were 5 of the 10 wells we assisted with in this project. We met some of the staff including the leader Sajid Hussein.  We had an amazing meal with his family at their home.  Although we only spent a day with this organization, it was good day. They are working with some remote and landless labour communities.   It was a… [ read more ]

STEPS in Tricy ….Jan 29

WE arrived in Tricy late Friday night. We travelled to the town of Andhur on Saturday where the STEPS  RO Filtration project is located at the St Paul’s school.  We  cut the ribbon to initiate the system which is now complete and functioning.  We all had a drink of the was a great day with Sethu and his wife Ester.  We toured the school and observed an exhibition of science work by all of the students. Then in the evening they had their year end windup which concluded with a lot of dancing by the students. A wonderful weekend. The… [ read more ]

Life is busy in India sorry about the lack of posting

I apologize for not starting this blog sooner…here it is Feb 1 and I finally found a computer with internet and I have energy. It has been  a busy and very fruitful trip. I hope Paul has enjoyed it…he says definitely(he working on another computer in the same room here at SUCHI-Vellore). I wrote the next few paragraphs on Friday at Kolkata airport and on the plane to Chennai. Here we are here at the Kolkata airport heading to Chennai on Jan 28,2011. We left SGUS  at 5AM are waiting in the airport. We have not sent  a blog  as… [ read more ]

Journey to India 2011

Jan 19,2011 Good morning Paul and I leave for India tomorrow morning. A 15 hr flight to New Delhi and then on to Kolkata and a trip to SGUS. We will staying in Kalaberia for 6 days monitoring the SGUS project. We are expecting Marty Trocewicz and Carolyn Langdon from Haliburton to meet us and spend 7-8 days touring with us. They are on a 3 month tour of India. On Jan 28 we all (4)  fly to Chennai. We will travel to the STEPS RO school Filtration project for a day and then go north to Kapada in Andhra… [ read more ]

HAVE founder Gerry Feltham reports on Recent India Tour

H.A.V.E.’s three-week tour 3 years ago in 2006 involved 6 volunteers: three people from Vancouver; two from Haliburton/Minden, Ont.; and I, from Glovertown, Nfld. It started in Kolkata and finished at Chennai. Our second and most recent six-week, 2009 tour consisted, for the first 12 days, of three men (two from B.C. and one from Newfoundland); and for the remaining period with two women for a total group of five volunteers. In our second tour, we travelled in reverse of the first by starting in Chennai and mostly train travelled up the East Coast (via Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and West… [ read more ]