A short summary of your project
Myself and Gemma will be fundraising for DMU Square Mile India by abseiling down Gateway House. This will take place on Friday 16 February and the aim of the project is to raise enough money to help rebuild two houses which risk being flooded by contaminated water during monsoon season. A little bit of background, last year, an abseil raised more than £5,000, which was enough to provide 120 youngsters in a children's home in Ahmedabad with food, shelter and education for four months. This year, the aim is to work with a group called The Loving Community, made up of former lepers and their families who often struggle to find jobs because of the social stigma associated with the condition.
This community, who were excluded from society, is made up of people who previously had Leprosy but no longer have the infection. However, they still suffer from the effects of the infection such as loss of limbs and the social stigma it carries, not only for them but also their children and their children’s children who cannot get work due to the outdated perception of the infection.
Every summer the monsoon causes contaminated water to flood the homes of people in the Loving Community and residents are forced to live in nearby community centres for weeks on end.
DMU Square Mile India aims to raise two of those homes above the water level to prevent flooding. The abseil, which will take place from Gateway House, is one of a series of fundraising events planned to fund the project. DMU Architecture students will be asked to design the new houses and a special trip is being planned over Easter for students to help build the new houses.
Please help donate to this great cause and any contribution would be welcome!