Changing lives in Rameswaram, South India
WHO WE ARE
Since 1995, the Pappa Fund, based and operating in Marshfield, has been helping the most disadvantaged people on Rameswaram Island.
Our target is those in greatest need, regardless of race, religion, caste or gender.
With so much to do, we focus on health and education, with some emergency relief when there is severe hardship.
AN ENABLING CHARITY
We work solely through partner organisations run by local people who understand what is needed and how to provide it.
Working with the Meenakshi Mission Hospital, some 60 miles away, we provide a high-tech link for people in Rameswaram to the high-quality diagnostic capability of the hospital. This Tele-medicine facility helps people overcome barriers of distance and transport costs. If treatment is required off-island, there is help for travel to Government hospitals and with knock-on family costs.
John Lane Scholarship
Through John Lane Scholarships, named in honour of one of our founders, who lived in Marshfield, we have funded impoverished but very talented students through their engineering, science and other degrees.
Can you help us?
We always need practical help.
Fund-raising is at the forefront of our minds.
For example, we built the disability classroom with the money raised from a Grade-One-A-Thon (getting sponsorship to learn a new musical instrument and pass Grade One). That was a win-win-win. People who took part had wonderful experiences, people who funded them saw their money going to a good cause, and children in Ramnad got access to education.
Rameswaram is a town and municipality in the Ramanathapuram district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 40 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. It is in the Gulf of Mannar, at the tip of the Indian peninsula. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge. Rameswaram is the terminus of the railway line from Chennai and Madurai. Together with Varanasi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimage.
Registered Charity 1060188