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Ittoop  Johannes Kurian
  • Thank you for helping Vishwas!

    by Vishwas(Helpline Charitable Trust) on November, 30 2016

    #20

     

    This is to thank all the donors and supporters who helped Ittoop for raising funds to support destitute children. The funds will be used for education and upkeep of the children incl medical, food, shelter and related exp. children will be supported thru to higher education and will be helped to develop soft skills and good moral values. Thank you Ketto for helping us throughout the process.

    We have also started accepting monthly donations via. Ketto and the link for the same is: Monthly Donation

    Thank you once again all of you!

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  • A million steps to raise a million Rupees

    by Ittoop Johannes Kurian on November, 05 2016

    #19

     

    A heartfelt "Thank You" to all who followed my Camino pilgrimage, motivated and encouraged me, and sponsored, helped and contributed to my fundraising campaign for Vishwas.

    A million steps to raise a million Rupees.... We together raised 1,011,720 Rupees for Vishwas!!! WOW!! And I enjoyed every one of the ~1,050000 steps I walked for this :-) At the start both seemed impossibly huge numbers...

    Yesterday was the most meaningful etappe ... I visited the Vishwas home in Bangalore in the evening, together with my friend Manisha. For me, this was one of the most fulfilling experiences ever. Being among those 30 odd kids who were around was lovely. The youngest was a little 4y old girl (white dress in the picture) ... and among the eldest was a girl who is in the final year of her 4y electronics & communications engineering studies at college (wearing white dress with blue dots and blue scarf) - she will be the first ever engineering graduate from the Vishwas home. Most of them had just got home from school and were still wearing their light green school uniforms. What really touched me is how happy these children appeared to be.. their smiling faces ... the way the very little ones were playing with each other, or others helping each other doing their homework from school ... and how smart, attentive and interested they looked. I also had the opportunity to speak for an hour with Ms Vyjayanthi (the kids call her "Mummy"), who founded Vishwas in 1999 and manages it, and her husband Mr. Raman, who is now retired and runs the home jointly with her. I feel huge respect and gratitude to them for dedicating their lives to this and helping dozens of kids have a future, feel and experience love, and have strong values, good characters and habits.

    We have raised 1 million for these but that might not  be enough. To continue your support for Vishwas Charitable trust you can donate monthly by visiting this link: https://vishwas.ketto.org/ngo/start-recurring.php

    In parting, all the kids together chanted a "Thank You" to me, which I would like to directly convey on to all of you! Below the happy faces of the children whom you are helping :-)

    "Thank You".

     

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About the Fundraiser

 

 
About the Cause
I am raising funds to keep underprivileged orphans and abandoned children off the streets. The money I collect will go to Vishwas, which is a home in Bangalore, India, working towards educating, feeding, clothing and providing training to young boys and girls in the age group of 5 to 19 years.
The funds collected through this campaign will go towards covering education, clothing and rehabilitation, without putting too much pressure on the corpus that they rely on for their monthly expenditure.
 
About the NGO
 
Located in JP Nagar, Bangalore, Vishwas is registered under the Helpline Charitable Trust and is home to 45 destitute – abandoned and neglected - children. The trustees of this institution have restricted the number in order to enable personalized attention to the children.
 
My Vision
I have a simple vision: To keep children in poorer countries 'off the streets', away from exploitation and negative elements, to reduce emotional /physical vulnerability and increase confidence. To provide them with opportunities to broaden their horizons, to being good citizens and ultimately to give back to the community. This is exactly what Vishwas is about.
 
 
The Appeal 
I believe that every step we take to better our society, counts. I believe that every child kept safe and nurtured with care, counts. I want to make every one of my one million steps on the Camino count.
Together we can change the world, if we open our hearts and share our time and resources!
I would be delighted if you joined this effort in any way that works for you.
To begin with, please give to this campaign and make a direct difference to the lives of these children. Please hit the Contribute button and put in what you can afford to give. At a minimum, maybe just the amount you would spend on a cocktail in bar, for a meal in a nice restaurant, for a package of cigarettes, chips while watching TV on the couch or yet another t-shirt? =8-) Or more!
Every Rupee, Euro, Dollar, Pound..... counts!
By the way, my Camino pilgrimage is fully financed by myself. Your contribution to this cause are made via Ketto, which routes them to Vishwas without any involvement from me.
 
Other ways to Support
You can also support me by sharing this campaign page link with your network via social media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email and any other medium you use.
 
About Me
Hi, I am ittoop :-) I have mixed German and Indian heritage, and have lived my life almost equally split into numerous stints in each of these two countries. My home is in Germany. In work life, I am a senior executive with a global professional services company, we provide consulting services in digital, technology and operations. It is now 26 years since I joined them, after completing university in Germany and a 2 month backpack tour through India. The first 20 years I worked mostly in Germany, and in some further European countries. Now I have been on a foreign assignment in India with my family for the past 6 years. This ends early September and I am returning home to Germany, a huge step in all aspects. My wife has already returned and has very recently taken up her job as a school teacher again, in a new school. Our only daughter, who is 18, has very recently moved away from home to another country far away to start college and the next significant phase of her life.
 
This is the perfect time to take a longer break from it all - long working hours, stress and constant pressure, regular international and domestic travel, work on your mind 24x7, bosses, clients, negligence of health / fitness / work-life balance, insufficient focus on socially meaningful things ..... and to spend some time for myself and prepare for the next phase of my life. I want to do something for my physical, spiritual and mental well-being and combine this with doing something socially meaningful and helpful.
 
So ... I want to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage (sometimes called Camino Frances, St. James' Way, or Jakobsweg in German), starting on Sept. 16th from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France. The Camino is mainly through the Pyrenees in Spain, and ends in Santiago de Campostela in Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. If I get there in one piece, and still haven't had enough, I want to continue walking to Cap Finisterre. Finisterre means "end of the world", and is a cape which till the late 15th century was thought to be that … the end of the world. Then Columbus and Vasco da Gama and Captain Cook and Google Maps happened...! In total, I hope to walk about 900 km, which is approximately a million steps, and have set aside 45 days for it, which should be enough?
 
 
I believe that raising funds for a social cause while doing something like this converts the activity from a personal one, to one beneficial for others too. Social issues, especially those related to the safety, well-being and education of the weaker sections of society, in particular children, are very close to my heart. For many years now, we as a family have been supporting around 10 godchildren in India, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
 
 
Over the last several years, I have been involved in numerous fundraising activities for such causes. The recent ones were a trek in the Himalayas for an orphanage in Delhi, and a trek in the Western Ghats in India for supporting underprivileged women in the state of Jharkhand. I have also done some long distance endurance trips in the past, like cycling 1500 km from the Black Forest in Germany to the French Mediterranean coast and back, cycling 1300 km from the Black Forest to the French Atlantic coast, cycling from Santander to Cap Finisterre, and a few dozen years back driving in a small car from Germany all the way to India with my parents and siblings. In recent years, being less fit and having a family, I had reduced the effort to backpacking trips, many of them in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and India. 
 
The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage for the NGO Vishwas is a continuation of all of this. It is going to be my toughest activity.
 
For the campaign, we  have set a formal target of 5,00,000 Indian Rupees, i.e. half a million. I would be delighted if all of you could help me raise ONE whole million Indian Rupees, so one Rupee for each step I want to make on the pilgrimage. Come on, that is just 15,000 US Dollars or 13,500 Euros. So be generous :-)
 

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