In Andhra Pradesh near Eluru, Pedavgi, rural life is hard, half of the population of these villages live below the poverty line and many are illiterate. There is not enough work and so families in this area must struggle to survive. Landlords very sadly use child labourers to work on cotton and rice crops or to look after livestock. Too many under the age of 14 earn a living in these fields helping support their families whilst many others are left on the streets trying to earn enough money just to buy food. Education doesn’t seem important to most, schooling costs money and when money is short then it is education that is missed.
Poverty eliminates any chance of an education that these children might be given and without help the poverty cycle will never be broken.
Many children are living in unimaginable situations of squaller, broken homes and child labour and we believe that one thing that can help break the cycle for these children is to have a proper education and to be entitled to that education from early childhood, providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a successful and healthy adult life.
And so St Mary’s Trust was set up to just that, to provide children with an education to last them forever whilst also providing stability and security, mentally, socially and spiritually, giving them back the childhood they deserve with food, shelter, clothing and education. St Mary’s Charitable Trust is one of many success stories that is making a difference to a child’s life. Thank you for showing an interest in our charity and the children of Eluru Pedavgi.
The Situation at SMC and the surrounding area.
Andhra Pradesh became the fifth state in the country to top over 1 Million coronavirus cases in April 2021 and Pedavegi cases are rising every day, including the surround areas of the school.
Residents of Pedavegi village and surround area are facing a very pathetic situation with no work, no proper health care and many people are facing a lack of nutritious food.
As a Charity and Community, we are doing all we can to keep safe the children, staff and families of our school community by providing food, emergency health care, PPE and support, as well as extending this support out to the villages.
Please keep in your prayers and thoughts all those effected and challenged at this time.
If you would like to donate to the Trust to support this essential work at this time, please click on the donate button below or get in touch.
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