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Hope Box Project

Children who live on the sewer pipes of Mumbai
Children who live on the sewer pipes of Mumbai

Sharing Hands would like to thank everyone who helped and supported in the Christmas Hope Box project. This was a major project to help the hopeless in order to give them a new joy and hope to face the coming year. All the Hope Boxes were distributed with the love of God to the poorest of the poor, the weakest of the weak - The abandoned of society.

Family that lives beside the railway with their Hope Box
Family that lives beside the railway with their Hope Box

The Hope Box had over 10 itemised provision goods, enough to last a family for a month. The items included food materials like rice, wheat power, rava, oil, sugar, milk powder, bread, lentils, biscuits, cakes, Christmas eatables etc. Each family was given one box and it was made sure it was given to people who were in the greatest need.

Sacks of food for packing into the Hope Boxes
Supplies for Hope Boxes

It was a physically challenging and demanding task to distribute these heavy boxes to well over 1400 families. We used seven different locations to deliver over 200 boxes from each location. Distributing the boxes to the doors was very challenging because many of the families were not living in accessible areas. We could not reach them by vehicles, so the team had to carry most of the Hope Boxes to the area where they live.

Two children with a Hope Box from Sharing Hands
Two children with a Hope Box from Sharing Hands

A large part of these areas were over 10 meters below road level, so the team found themselves walking on just mere garbage, waste and drainage pipe lines. So the project became more challenging in many more ways than we had ever expected. But the overall result was a great success! Originally the goal was to raise enough money to fund 1000 boxes, but because of your generousity we were able to fund over 1400 Hope Boxes.

Two men crossing sewer pipes carrying Hope Boxes
Sharing Hands workers crossing sewer pipes carrying Hope Boxes

It took seven days of continuous distribution which really physically challenged the team members. It was so sad to witness the lifestyle of these people. They live on top of millions of tons of rubbish, along the railway tracks and on the sewage water pipe lines.

Paul-Peter sorting out food for the Hope Boxes
Packing Hope Boxes

There is absolutely no health, hygiene or safety in this area. People are living in roof tops, plastic tents, on roads, under bridges and have no way to earn a living. The maximum size per living space is 2/1 Meter and on top of that is the same size hut. Some of the houses are placed in the underground where they have no electricity or ventilation. They live only by candle light and lamps.

Orphanages

  • Chennai

    This is where it all started, with a couple who had a vision and a heart for the unwanted children of India. It was through the love and sacrifice of John and Rachel that has brought about the birth of Sharing Hands.

  • Rajasthan

    The Rajasthan orphanage project was given to Tommy Marrett by Sharing Hands as an Irish project. Within a few months the funds were raised to buy the land and lay the foundations for what now has become a home for many children who have come from difficult backgrounds.

  • Orissa

    The children in the Orissa home have some of the most heart breaking stories of them all. Many of them had seen their parents, grandparents and family members killed and now live with these terrible memories.

  • Andhra Pradesh

    All these lovely beautiful children eat, sleep and live on the floor of a small church. But every time I meet them they are full of happiness and joy and thank God daily for the blessings for what they have.

  • Sponsor a Child

    This is one way in which each and everyone of us can help. Between us all we can make a difference to the lives of these children.


Project Work

Sharing Hands had to carry many boxes into remote areas on the rubbish tip to give to those who are living under plastic sheets or tarpaulins. These people are living well below the poverty line and the government has no rule over them and simply disowns them.

  • Paul-Peter making and filling the Hope Boxes

    Making and filling the Hope Boxes.

  • Sacks and boxes of supplies stacked and waiting to be separated into boxes

    These supplies will be distributed between 1,400 Hope Boxes.

  • A mother with her children delighted with her Hope Box

    A mother with her children delighted with her Hope Box.

  • A young girl receiving her Hope Box from a Sharing Hands worker

    A young girl receiving her Hope Box from a Sharing Hands worker.

  • Carrying Hope Boxes to the people living on the rubbish tip

    Sharing Hands had to carry many boxes into remote areas.

  • A family opening their Hope box

    A family opening their Hope box.

  • Young girl bringing her box of food underground where she lives

    This young girl brings her food box underground where she lives.

  • Family living beside railway eating their Hope Box bread

    Family living beside railway eating their Hope Box bread

  • Kingsly sitting with railway family

    Kingsly sitting with railway family after giving them their Hope Box.

  • Two children eating bread from the Hope Boxes

    These two children are enjoying their bread from the Hope Boxes