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My visit to SKCV Vijayawada in Sept 2016

My visit to SKCV Vijayawada in Sept 2016

My visit coincided with a Major Hindu event called Krishna Pushkaram which comes every 12 yrs and lasts 12 days.The Hindus believe river Krishna as holy and take a dip in the river and offer prayers to their forefathers on this occasion. Thousands of pilgrims attend the event particularly from south India.  Several traffic restrictions were in place at this time and it was difficult to visit Night Shelter as it was located in the heart of the city.

At the main village, arrangements were made by SKCV with the help of Red Cross for visitors to have a ‘holy dip’ in the river in safe and secure surroundings. SKCV has invited several prominent local individuals and their families to increase the awareness of SKCV and also offer a chance to see the village for themselves and attract donations. I thought that it was a brilliant idea.  Dr. Reddy mentioned in his letter that several hundreds of thousands of rupees (equivalent to  thousands of pound sterlings) were raised on this occasion. Many visitors commented on the good work being done at SKCV.  I have also personally participated in this event.

My general impression is as in the last 2 visits that SKCV is well run and the boys and girls are generally happy. I could visit Amodini as there were no traffic restrictions in this area. The girls looked happy and healthy and are doing well at school. There seems to be good rapport with the new manageress.

Doctor Reddy is keen to know that the trustees in UK are happy with the way things are progressing in Vijayawada and welcomes any suggestions for improvements from UK. My personal impression is that he is working very hard despite his busy dental practice and Red Cross activities and  he is genuinely working to improve the lives of boys and girls He has streamlined all the administrative procedures and has good support from the fellow trustees.  I was told they are barely managing with the day to day expenditure from local donations of cash and provisions and have to dig into the savings. In addition they are also in urgent of need of a bigger vehicle to transport the children to schools as most of the children now attend outside schools.

I am returning to India  in 3 days on 10 oct as I want to be there with our sons and their families who are planning to visit India at the end of this month. I am likely to stay longer this time and would be happy if you wish me find any more information at SKCV. I am  sending  some photographs I have taken during my last 2 trips in a separate e- mail.


With Kind regards,



Krishna River Festival

It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that the Krishna river festival started from 12th of August and went on till 23rd August.

image3 image4All the arrangements have been made by our team. We also accommodated four hundred Red Cross volunteers at our Prem Vihar School to assist the government and pilgrims at various Ghats in Vijayawada. The entire Prem Vihar village was revamped with delightful colours and lights to get the festive look.
We started Krishna river festival  Pooja on 12th of august at 6 am.
Following are the activities conducted by us:-
  1. We have distributed 5000 free passes to the donors to have access to our SKCV River ghat and free food. Till now 3500 donors with their members of family visited our Premvihar ghat and had  holy bath in the river Krishna.
  2. The Red Cross society generously provided us with fifty volunteers to look after the arrangements.
  3. Government and Redcross  also provided us with wheel chairs for the comfort and care of elderly and also with six ambulances.
  4. Hygienic food was prepared and served by our team to all our donors, who visited our ghat.
  5. Mobile toilets were arranged by the government for good sanitation and comfort of pilgrims.
  6. All our employees have gracefully volunteered to oversee the arrangements and to receive our donors.
  7. Cultural programs were conducted to entertain the guests.
image2I am glad to inform you that
  • We had received generous donations in cash and kind from the visitors.
  • The Red Cross society till date has funded us a sum of Rs.3, 50,000 (three lakh fifty thousand rupees)
  • We also got assurance from the Red Cross for a further fund of Rs.4, 00,000 (four lakh fifty thousand rupees).
  • We have received donations during River festival for the 12 days Approximately Rs 10,00,000 (10,000 pounds) and general donations App. Rs. 9,00,000/
We received 3 tones of Rice as part of kind donations.
I will send all the other reports soon.
Thank you.
With regards
Dr Sridhar