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Merry Christmas every one!

posted Jan 6, 2011, 3:33 AM by Wellspring Projects

Over in chilly Delhi, we had a wonderful Christmas celebration, and hope the same is true for you (maybe with a little more sunshine).

In a beautiful gesture of generosity and compassion, the girls saved up some money and took gifts to a local old age home on Christmas day. They spent some time singing for the women there, and warming many hearts.

They were also blessed to receive plenty of presents themselves - many thanks to those who sent over the gifts.

Games nights, and the freeing of balloons capped off what was an all-round wonderful day.


"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and redeemed his people....
because of the tender mercy of our God... the rising sun will come to us from heaven
to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the path of peace"

Luke 1:68, 78-79

The Famous Fortis Fifteen

posted Jan 6, 2011, 3:11 AM by Wellspring Projects   [ updated Jan 6, 2011, 3:28 AM ]

Fortis hospital - a very fancy high-tech new hospital which has opened up near the girls' place - recently held their official opening. And who better to perform than our fifteen girls?

After developing a connection with the Fortis team some time ago, we were asked whether the girls would feature in the opening celebrations, performing for the Chief Minister and some of India’s biggest business leaders. What an opportunity! Of course we said yes.

The girls were fantastic. Although the performance was not without its minor stresses — Pinky and her wireless mic; Kajol and the tomato sauce stain on her new white dress — the girls pulled through, enjoyed the confidence boost, shone as they always do, and won the crowd.





Books! Books! Books!

posted Dec 9, 2010, 2:11 AM by Wellspring Projects   [ updated Dec 9, 2010, 2:54 AM ]

Thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of some friends back in Australia, we were able to take the girls on an adventure into Delhi's city centre. 

In between their first metro ride, a hilarious escalator experience, fun in the park, tasty milkshakes and a delicious lunch, we all went book shopping. With the money generously donated to us, the girls each chose a book. We’ve since bought two book-cases and filled them with a range of novels, study helps, dictionaries, atlases, where’s Wally adventures and loads more, in both Hindi and English.

To our surprise (and delight!), the girls displayed an instant love for the books, and have since been immersed in them. We’re hoping the library will not only be a source of joy, but will also lead to improved language skills, stronger relationships, broader knowledge bases, and bigger dreams.

Not small goals we realise, but why not aim high?



Taj Mahal Trip

posted Dec 9, 2010, 1:57 AM by Wellspring Projects   [ updated Dec 9, 2010, 2:10 AM ]

Early in September we took the girls on a daytrip to Agra, to see the Taj Mahal... what a wonderful day! 

After a 3am wake-up, hours and hours on dusty high-ways, a delicious breakfast stop, and a (much appreciated) nap time, we made it.


The Taj Mahal — a shining marble monument to love — is all that it’s cracked up to be. It is staggeringly beautiful, and the girls loved the chance to explore. Despite the heat, and dehydration, and long queues, and late meals, and hours of driving, and 3am start… they were fantastic!
For many, it was their first time out of Delhi, and they made sure to make the most of it. We loved being able to give the girls such a great experience, fun stories to share with their friends, and happy memories to hold onto.


Our Own Transport

posted Aug 5, 2010, 10:50 PM by Wellspring Projects

Last Monday we bought a fantastic 2005 model Suzuki Versa, a van big enough to carry all the girls to school and tuition (albeit packed in tightly).

The van is a huge blessing as previously we had been reliant on the generosity
of another home to move the girls around. It is exciting to have the freedom to take the girls on outings easily.

Right is a picture of the girls and their driver Birendar praying before their first trip in the van.

Accenture Fundraiser

posted Jun 21, 2010, 8:26 PM by Wellspring Projects   [ updated Jun 21, 2010, 9:35 PM ]

On 26th May lots of Canberrans turned out on a chilly night to go and see the newest Robin Hood movie and to support Wellspring Projects. The night was a huge success, the theatre was at full capacity, the atmosphere was great, the raffle went off well and a little over $8000 was raised for the Delhi Girls Home!

Our thanks goes to Accenture for their generous support for the night and to all who attended. A big thank you to Rachael, Sanket and Wilfred who put many hours of work into organising the event.

The girls have put together a special Thank You video for everyone to enjoy.

Wellspring Gig

posted May 25, 2010, 11:13 PM by Wellspring Projects   [ updated Jun 21, 2010, 9:35 PM ]

We’d like to send out a huge thanks to all who came and supported the Wellspring Gig – held on April 26th at the Front Cafe/Gallery in Lyneham. The night stands as a testament to the impact a small number of people can have when they rally to support a worthy cause. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we raised more than $1600 in support of Wellspring Projects – enough to fund the entire Delhi Girls’ Home for more than a month!

 

Special thanks goes to the Front café and staff. The Front donated the venue for the night and were amazing hosts. The place has an awesome vibe and a real desire to showcase local talent, and we are so grateful to them for opening their doors to us.

 

And of course, what would a gig be without its musicians? Mono (Asmono Truong, Renee Lambert, Ben Swift, Kristin Morgan and Matt Rademaker) blew us away with their beautiful, soulful music, and they were supported by the very talented Ben Lattimore. The whole idea for the night started with these guys, and their desire to use

their gifts in a really purposeful way, and we look forward to seeing how God uses them in the future.

 

All of us at Wellspring Projects, including the girls at the Home, were so encouraged by the night – we hope you were too.                                                        



Volunteer Training Centre up and running

posted May 21, 2010, 9:57 PM by Wellspring Projects   [ updated Jun 21, 2010, 9:34 PM ]

The first two volunteers arrived at the Volunteer Training Centre in mid May.

Lia and Meredith are both from Canberra, Australia and are excited at the chance to volunteer in Delhi.

They are settling into life in Delhi well. Currently they are primarily working at the Girls' Home and they are enjoying getting to know all the girls.

Easter Dinner

posted May 21, 2010, 9:57 PM by Wellspring Projects   [ updated Jun 21, 2010, 9:33 PM ]

The Girls Home recently celebrated an Easter Dinner.

The dinner was generously provided by a previous volunteer and all the girls enjoyed a chance to dress up and to celebrate the great message of Easter.

We celebrated Easter with prayer, a discussion about the meaning of Easter, lots of games and great food.

Website Up and Running

posted Mar 1, 2010, 5:57 PM by Wellspring Projects   [ updated Jun 21, 2010, 9:24 PM ]

The team at Wellspring Projects is delighted to welcome you to our new website. The site will serve as one of our primary means of communicating what is happening within the organisation and its projects. Special thanks goes to Katherine Wilson and Simon Nesa David for their help in designing the site and Oliver Delprado for designing our logo.



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