These Indian voluntary organisations promote health, water supply and sanitation, education and training, employment and human values in their own localities. Their object is to empower people to improve their own lives. Much of their financial support comes from within India, some voluntary and some from government. Funds from abroad, including the agencies mentioned by Mr Fenton, are especially used for innovation, so as to show what is possible.
We talked with people of Hindu, Muslim and Christian faiths who were working, learning and laughing together. We met women dependent on a new village pump who are responsible for its maintenance. With schoolchildren we enjoyed health education through songs and drama. Our modest 'interference' in people's lives met with an overwhelming welcome, of such warmth and pride that we wish to share it with their other supporters.
DAVID L. WALKER
Knowle, West Midlands
23 FebruaryReuse content