Families living and working on the Vijayawada dump do not have access to electricity in their makeshift homes, so KISES has been handing out solar lights as part of their ongoing humanisation programme.
“These people live in homes constructed of any materials they find lying around in the dump and have no facilities at all,” says KISES UK volunteer Jem King.
“Without electricity, they rely on fires for cooking, but have no way of seeing in the pitch black of the dump after dark. We hope these small solar lamps will make life just that little bit easier.”
IT was such an important day for the long-suffering people of the Vijayawada dump as we launched our KISES mobile health camp.
Our Dr Reddy reported that every adult and child he examined was in poor health and his first patient, Maryamma, was clearly struggling with a fever.
Free medicines were provided to all, including vitamin shots, food parcels were handed out and some new donated clothes presented to the younger children.
This camp will be the first of many and we are extremely grateful to our local doctor for leaving his practice and travelling out to the dump to help these needy, under-nourished rag-pickers of all ages.