A Dunbar couple are raising cash to help children in Goa after hearing of their plight from friends who spent a holiday in the Indian state.
Eddie Carver and his wife Yvonne are supporting the Mango House project which needs vital funds to provide teachers, educational supplies as well as a nutritious meal for around 175 youngsters aged three to 16.
Last year they raised money to take 100 pairs of jelly shoes for the children in Goa as Mr Carver explained: “Most of the children literally have no footwear – so providing jelly shoes means they can be handed down as the children grow.”
He added: “My wife and I try to undertake charity work wherever we go on holiday, and have helped a variety of different projects in places like Jamaica, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.
“We heard about Mango Tree Goa through friends who had visited the charity’s Mango House project while they were on holiday in Goa a few years ago.
“When they told us about the daily challenges facing disadvantaged children in Goa, and how they have little or no access to education and the amazing support The Mango House project provides every single day, my wife Yvonne and I felt compelled to get involved.”
Fund-raising for Mango House project has continued this year and included a £1,000 donation from civil engineering contractor Ground Developments Ltd, Mr Carver’s employer.
Mr Carver, a site manager with the West Lothian-based company, said: “When the rest of the team at GDL heard how we were getting involved, they said they’d like to make a donation too, so I was overwhelmed when they made such a generous offer of £1,000 to support this project that’s so very close to my heart.”
Ground Developments’ donation will be used towards the general running costs of the Mango House project, and the team has also secured a selection of essential educational supplies including pencils, rulers and rubbers from other suppliers who were also keen to show their support. These will be distributed by the Carvers on their next trip to Goa at the end of this year.
Jane Grimshaw, Mango Tree Goa trustee, said: “The donation from Ground Developments Ltd means a great deal to us and the ongoing support from Eddie and Yvonne is overwhelming. Their donations will make such a difference to the children that we aim to help in Goa.”