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‘Not just a school, HEAL Paradise is motherly love in plain sight!’

An article published in Prajasakthi newspaper, circulated in Telugu to readers across Andhra Pradesh. Below, is an English language version for our non-Telugu speakers

An article published in Prajasakthi newspaper, circulated in Telugu to readers across Andhra Pradesh. Below, is an English language version for our non-Telugu speakers

HEAL stands out on top in excellence for the underprivileged, not resting until every child exceeds his or her potential.
Best of all, it is entirely free of cost for the needy children, otherwise left out.
We bring the sky to

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Rickshaw Run fundraisers make detour to Paradise Village

Sam Sinclair and Ian Dickson at Paradise Village

HEAL fundraisers Sam Sinclair and Ian Dickson at Paradise Village

Two Air Traffic Controllers from the UK with a passion for adventure took part in the famous Rickshaw Run to raise money for HEAL – and called in at Paradise Village along the way.

Air traffic controllers Samantha Sinclair, from Aberdeen, and Ian Dickson, from Manchester, made a detour to Thotapalli on the way from

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College boys do HEAL proud as they pass exams with flying colours

Vikas boys

MESSAGES of congratulations have been pouring into HEAL Paradise Village following the academic success of its group of senior college students.

Eight senior boys based at Paradise in Thotapalli excelled themselves in their recent end-of-year exams, achieving marks which placed them all at or near the top of their college rankings.

Each day, the eight friends – based at Paradise thanks to a partnership with

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Fully functioning Institute for Visually Challenged in sight for HEAL

Children were welcomed into the classrooms for the first time at the Phanendra Chunduri Institute for the Visually Challenged. Sponsor a Child, HEAL, India,

Children were welcomed into the classrooms for the first time at the Phanendra Chunduri Institute for the Visually Challenged

HEAL Paradise Village reached a significant milestone recently with the arrival of the first children at the Phanendra Chunduri Institute for the Visually Challenged.

The building, kindly donated by Dr Dhanumjaya Rao, Mrs Vijaya and Miss Jyothi Chunduri, from Birmingham, England, in memory of the Chunduris’

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HEAL student sings with voice of an Angel at national competition

Angel Vennela receives her runners-up prize for singing at Balotsav 2015

Angel Vennela receives her runners-up prize for singing at Balotsav 2015

HEAL is celebrating a spectacular success after one of its Paradise Village students, 13-year-old Angel Vennela, achieved a second-place finish in a prestigious national schools competition.

On the weekend of Children’s Day, the 24th annual Balotsav children’s festival attracted 5,000 competitors from 300 schools across India and a team from HEAL Paradise Village School

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Livvy and Katherine: A day in the life of a HEAL volunteer

HEAL Paradise Village volunteers. Sponsor a Child in India.

Livvy Jefferson, from Cardiff, and Katherine Pickles, from London, spent three weeks volunteering at HEAL Paradise Village during the summer.

They each wrote accounts of their time teaching and interacting with the children and staff on campus, which can be seen in full in the Volunteering section of the HEAL website.

Here is a flavour of how they described their experiences at Paradise:

Katherine takes

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HEAL Paradise Village stages successful Mega Health Camp

HEAL Paradise Village Mega Health Camp

HEAL Paradise Village hosted a Mega Health Camp, conducted by Siddhartha Medical College alumni, as the showpiece campus welcomed more than 30 doctors into its newly-constructed Skills Development Centre recently.

The inauguration of the centre was presided over by the central Minister of Science and Technology Sri Sujana Chowdary and the state Health Minister Sri Kamineni Srinivas.

The event itself was created and organised by

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HEAL puts health and education first for vulnerable children in India

THE right to learn has always been at the heart of HEAL’s mission in India, with the unshakable belief that education is the key to helping the most disadvantaged children break free from the shackles of perpetual poverty.

But, as the charity’s full name – Health and Education for All – suggests, health care always goes hand-in-hand with the education mantra for HEAL’s growing army

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HEAL – The Journey

HEAL Paradise Village

The Stirring: It all started nearly five decades ago when a teenage medical student in Guntur, a large town in Andhra Pradesh state in India, was touched by the sights of misery and deprivation being experienced by people in poverty around where he lived. This stirring in Satya Prasad Koneru led to the first step in organizing Praja Seva Samithi (People Service Society) along with

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First HEAL Day celebrations at Paradise Village

HEAL founder Dr Prasad is presented with a birthday cake

HEAL founder Dr Prasad is presented with a birthday cake

CHILDREN from all of HEAL’s projects across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states came together recently to celebrate a regular new fixture in the charity’s calendar – HEAL Day.

And there was a big double celebration on February 16 as this is also the birthday of HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru, who was visiting HEAL

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Children in computer lab at HEAL Paradise Village

HEAL children surf the net in new computer lab at Paradise Village

The first ever computer lab class at HEAL’s flagship new site, Paradise Village, was held this week by visiting HEAL volunteer, Colin Charlton.

Children in computer lab at HEAL Paradise Village

After a lot of preparatory work in setting up the computer room which is equipped with 30 terminals all connected to the internet, Colin took a class of 21 children for their introduction to Google and the wider world – literally, as

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Green-fingered children grow their own food at HEAL Paradise Village

FROM the very outset in its planning, HEAL Paradise Village was always intended to be an eco-friendly site, providing a home and meeting the needs of 1,000 orphaned and underprivileged children from Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India.

The children help by picking leaves and vegetables in the gardens

The children help by picking leaves and vegetables in the gardens

The key ethos behind the village development is the focus on creating a safe haven

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HEAL children at Paradise Village

HEAL Paradise Village is buzzing with activity

IT has been seven months since HEAL welcomed the arrival of the first children at its ground-breaking Paradise Village project in Thotapalli, Andhra Pradesh… and there has been hardly a dull moment!

Towards the end of 2014, the primary school celebrated Children’s Day amid much excitement when staff took the opportunity to distribute gifts to winners of various class competitions.

Children's Day celebrations

Children’s Day celebrations at HEAL

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Dr Prasad meeting the new HEAL children for the first time at Paradise Village

Paradise found as rural wasteland is transformed by HEAL

HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru has spoken of his great pride at seeing a piece of rural wasteland transformed by his charity into a home and school for orphaned and severely disadvantaged children in India.

What seemed an impossible dream to many has already become a reality, with the arrival of the first group of 50 children at HEAL Paradise Village this summer, and

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HEAL and Hans Foundation work hand in hand at Paradise Village

HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru has paid special tribute to principal partners The Hans Foundation, describing their support for the charity’s Paradise Village flagship project as “wonderful”.

Members of the Foundation have visited the Paradise Village site to follow progress on the building of The Hans Foundation Dorm for Boys & Dining Room, as well as the Rajeswari Dorm for Girls, both due for

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Children parade at Paradise to celebrate Independence Day

Independence Day celebrations bring excitement to HEAL Paradise Village

There was much excitement when members of HEAL India visited Paradise Village to share in the Independence Day celebrations with the children at the Koneru Lalitha & Rama Krishna Rao Primary School.

Children parade at Paradise to celebrate Independence Day

Children parade at Paradise to celebrate Independence Day

The India flag was raised as the 50 new pupils at the recently-opened site paraded in front of the school in their smart new uniforms

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HEAL Paradise Village seeks more donors

CONSTRUCTION work on Phase One of HEAL Paradise Village has been moving along well, with these latest pictures showing progress on the boys’ and girls’ dormitories, the vocational training centre and the institute for the visually challenged.

Finishing touches are also being applied to the primary school building, with lessons having already begun for the first children to arrive at Paradise earlier this month.

Work progressing at Paradise Village

Work

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Celebration time as first children arrive at HEAL Paradise Village

HEAL is celebrating one of the proudest days of its 22-year history with the long-awaited arrival of the first group of children at Paradise Village.

The first class at Paradise Village

The first class at Paradise Village

 

Members of HEAL India were present at today’s inauguration of the Koneru Lalitha and Rama Krishna Rao primary school, the first building to be completed at the site of the charity’s ambitious flagship

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Paradise primary school ready for the patter of tiny feet!

We are so excited to share the news that the primary school building at HEAL Paradise Village is ready for occupation and our first intake of underprivileged children will arrive in the next few days!

primary school june 2014

The Koneru Lalitha & Rama Krishna Rao Primary School is the first phase of HEAL’s incredibly ambitious dream to offer 1,000 orphans and destitute children the shelter, healthcare and education

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Finishing touches to Primary School as it prepares to open its doors this summer

THIS summer will see the first children welcomed into HEAL Paradise Village – and the finishing touches are being applied to the Koneru Lalitha & Rama Krishna Rao Primary School in readiness for their arrival.

Work is ongoing, too, on a number of other buildings at the Thotapalli site, including the Hans Foundation Dormitory for Boys and Rajeswari Dormitory for Girls which will soon become

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Dig deep and donate a tree for HEAL

WITH progress being made on the building front at Paradise Village, attentions have been turning to landscaping and tree-planting in recent weeks.

Flowers and shrubs have been placed along the borders and fences of the village grounds and HEAL is giving potential donors the unique opportunity to pay for the purchase and upkeep of fruit trees at Paradise.

 

Shrubs and flowers will be lovingly cared for at Paradise Village

Shrubs and flowers will be lovingly

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HEAL members go back to school at Paradise

MEMBERS of HEAL India and HEAL UK found themselves going back to school recently when the new £5m Paradise Village development received its first delivery of desks and chairs.

Guests at a special ‘puja’ ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Lalitha & RKR Koneru Primary School, they were invited to try the new furniture out for size in one of the school classrooms.

Dr Manga Devi imparts her wisdom to members of HEAL India and HEAL UK in a new classroom at Paradise

Dr
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Children bring a buzz of excitement to Paradise

FOR the past two years, Paradise Village has been little more than a construction site, with cement mixers and other machinery drowning out the sound of the birds from the neighbouring open water.

But for the very first time during a visit by the fundraising team of Cycle India, the grounds of HEAL’s unprecedented £5million educational development at Thotapally in Andhra Pradesh rang out to

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HEAL Paradise Village taking shape

CONSTRUCTION workers at HEAL Paradise Village have been toiling night and day to have buildings in readiness for the first intake of children early in 2014.

The £4.75m project has been hit by unavoidable delays, but the team on site have been making up for lost time and work is now at an advanced stage on the main primary school building.

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Latest pictures from the

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Paradise Village update

 

Primary School at roof level

Primary School at roof level

Primary School nears completion

Primary School nears completion

Wonderful view from the school

Wonderful view from the school

Progress on the Hans Dormitory for Boys

Progress on the Hans Dormitory for Boys

 

 

These latest pictures from the HEAL Paradise Village site show work in progress on the Hans Dormitory for Boys and the Lalitha and RKR Koneru Primary School, which is now at an advanced stage.

Site manager Mastan Ann reports: “HEAL founder

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Adventure-seeking Aussies sign up for Cycle India 2014

AN adventure-loving family from Australia admitted they simply couldn’t resist the challenge when they became the latest recruits for UK-based charity HEAL’s major international fundraiser, Cycle India 2014.

HEAL (Health and Education for All) has raised £220,000 from three previous Cycle India events in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and already has cyclists from India, Great Britain, Germany, United States and Australia signed up for 2014.

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HEAL Paradise Village taking shape

HEAL founder and president Dr Satya Prasad Koneru recently returned home to the UK after spending time overseeing the Paradise Village development and remains confident that the Paradise school will be ready for its first intake of children later this year.

“I am satisfied with the rate things are taking shape,” says Dr Prasad. “I had two days of meetings with the architects and the

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Students form fruitful partnership with HEAL

A GROUP of international students are on the verge of creating a social enterprise scheme aimed at helping impoverished young people in rural India to grow their own food on a commercial scale.

The London-based students, who are drawn from far and wide across Europe, South America and Asia, came up with a proposal to enter into partnership with HEAL (Health and Education for All)

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HEAL Paradise reaches out to the community

 

HEAL founder/president Dr Satya Prasad Koneru paid a visit to the Paradise site to check on recent progress and attend a foundation stone-laying ceremony at the Phanendra Chunduri Institute for the Visually Challenged, Ramaseshamma Chunduri Vocational Training Centre and school dormitories.

“That was a good day for us,” reported site manager Mastan Ann. “We were pleased also to show that the primary school building

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Paradise project is shaping up

WORK is moving ahead on several fronts at the Paradise Village construction site, ahead of a visit by HEAL founder Dr Satya Prasad Koneru and two major donors to the project for a stone-laying ceremony later this month.

Paradise site manager Mastan has reported progress on construction of the primary school building, as well as landscaping of the grounds and preparations for work to begin

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