Make a difference
For €15 a month you can become part of a childs life.You can be responsible for feeding, clothing and educating a child.read more
Help out with a building project. It doesn't matter how small - your donation makes a difference.read more
Gifts for children
Donate money for gifts - footballs, cricket bats, skipping ropes etc., that benefit all the children in the orphanage.read more
Help educate children from the low caste peoples, who without Sharing Hands would never have a education.read more
Food and Medical
Help support Sharing Hands in their food and medical outreaches, to those who would otherwise do without.read more
Visit Sharing Hands
Come to India, meet with your sponsored child and visit parts of India that are not on the tourist list.read more
Mumbai Food Project
Due to rising population, the number of people living in Indian city slums is rising.
Slum areas always lack the basic necessities of Life, clean water, electricity and sanitation. The Christmas food Box project was run in the slum area of Mumbai. The initial plan was to feed 1000 families for 1 month. Each box contained a month’s supply of rice, lentils etc., and was gratefully received by all the families. These families lived in squalid conditions, on the rubbish dumps, along the sewer pipes and under plastic sheets beside railway lines.
It was a complete maze of streets with twists and turns that eventually lead us to the sewer pipes. I was travelling with Kingsly and Paul-Peter and I had no idea how they could remember all the twists and turns. Dharavi is spread over an area of 175 hectares, or 0.67 square miles (1.7 km2) and has a population of between 600,000 and over 1 million people and is one of the largest slums in the world. It used to be the largest slum in Mumbai at one time, but as of 2011, there are four slums in Mumbai larger than Dharavi.
It was something I had seen in a documentary once, now I was living it. All the people we spoke to were friendly and pleasant, even in their poverty. Afterwards we walked to the railway line and met the railway children. They all live under plastic sheets along the track and some of them told me their stories and from what parts of India they came from. What really surprised me was that some of the teenage boys could speak English. Even though they owned nothing, they asked for nothing, they just wanted me to keep taking their photographs.
Before we ran this project kingsly had come to Ireland to stay with me and kick off the fundraising for it. Because of the generosity of so many people we were able to feed 1400 families for one month.
Tsunami Relief Work
Volunteers from Sharing Hands were involved in the rebuilding program and worked as cooks (cooking healthy meals with vegetables for the children and adults), Transporting and distributing clean water bottles, providing 15 litre water cans and thousands of kilos of rice and stoves to cook the food on. They also provided the vessels to cook the food, night lamps, blankets, mats and trunk boxes to store their belongings in. Sharing Hands also provided and set up tents for the victims, lots of clothes and practical medicines, because of serious and deadly infections.
Sharing Hands also rebuilt a church in the area and took in an extra 200 orphaned children into the Chennai orphanage. At that time the present Chennai Children’s Home was still under construction. The then rented building was far too small for the numbers that were in it without an extra 200. But the only other option was to send them out on the streets, but to Sharing Hands this was not an option.
All the children were taken in and provided with beds, regular meals, schooling, uniforms, medical care and whatever else they needed. My job was to find caring people who would sponsor these children, so we could give them a chance in life and save them from a life of misery.
Other Relief Operations
Apart from caring for orphans, Sharing Hands has always been there to give a helping hand to those in need of it. It acted often as a first responder to natural disasters, like earthquakes, the tsunami, famines, floods and droughts etc. Along with taking part in the rescue operations, Sharing Hands provided medical aid, food, clothing and shelter for more than 300 families who were victims of the great earthquake in Gujarath, in the north west of India in 2002.
Sharing Hands has been able to rescue and provide medical aid, food, clothing and shelter for more than 700 families who were victims of great tsunami in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on the east coast of India in 2004. Sharing Hands took in an extra 200 children into the Chennai orphanage after the tsunami.
Sharing Hands has been able to rescue and provide medical aid, food, clothing and shelter for more than 1200 families who were victims of famine and poverty in Maharashtra, on the west coast of India in 2009.
Sharing Hands has been able to rescue and provide medical aid, food, clothing and shelter for more than 1400 families who were victims of floods in Thiruppur, south of India in 2011.