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HOW TO HELP PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PAUL WILKES HomesoƒHope $300 supports a child’s expenses for one year. $3,000 helps build an orphanage, or pledge to raise enough for a PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PAUL WILKES PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PAUL WILKES room in the new orphanage. Donate goods and services from your business or organization and sponsor a benefit/fundraiser. Donate surplus resources like medical or dental supplies, vitamins and books. Clockwise from top: Paul Wilkes with the sisters at Maradiyur during his November trip. The exterior of the first orphanage built for Reena and her friends. Wilkes lays cornerstone Volunteer unique talents. at Secunderabad. Host a birthday party for your child for Homes of Hope instead in the past seven years. Wilmington Downtown Inc. and Wilmington East Rotary of donating gifts. clubs have procured grants for solar powered water purification units. Those purifiers and others from a South Brunswick Rotary grant will provide clean water for 30 Encourage friends and family to tap Salesian sites in South India. into their passions and share them Through our “Used Books, New Lives” initiative, more than 300,000 books have with the girls of Homes of Hope. been donated and shipped to India, either starting or enhancing 18 libraries. The books we sell on Amazon have paid for buses and diesel generators so that children Refer grant program and other from outlying areas can go to school. Once the generators get there, India’s notorious philanthropies to Homes of Hope. power cuts won’t interrupt the day. When Dr. Albert Tuttle, a Wilmington dentist, closed his practice and donated his entire office — X-ray machines, power drills, instruments and a compressor — we packed up everything and Coastal Beverages trucked seven pallets to the Port of Charleston. Today, we have a first-class, three-chair dental clinic in Bangalore that serves our children, the sisters and poor villagers. Iadventure that instills confidence in a unique way.constantly struck by the basic goodness of people: Wilmington YogaMore than 200 people have gone to India as HopeCorps VolunteersamCenter travels to India every year for a service retreat; IndoJax surfers arein their fourth year of going to India to take girls surfing, providing an — our version of the Peace Corps — to work alongside the sisters, teach English, music and art, but most of all to be present to girls who yearn for someone who cares. Wilmington professors from UNCW, elementary school teachers, mothers and sons, and families have traveled more than 10,000 miles to share their talents, but even more, their love for our girls. 52 WBM may 2013


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