A Dorset based charity supported in Portesham

Dors to India

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DORS-TO-INDIA was founded by two Portesham residents in 2006. We are a small local charity which supports some of the poorest children in Tamil Nadu, India, through their education.

The Indian economy is growing. Despite this the World Bank estimated in 2019 that India still has 24% of the world's poor and that a third of children have left school by 14.


Opening the door to school lies at the heart of our work because it provides the surest route out of poverty. However, the challenges remain huge. Children of poor families are less likely to enrol in and complete schooling even when it is "free". The cost of uniforms, supplies and transport is often beyond the families' means. As the children grow, the cost of their lost labour becomes greater, increasing the likelihood of leaving school.


Through regular donations from members and by holding fundraising events and activities we currently support 62 children through school from age 5 to 18. Five young people who completed school with our support are now going through university with ongoing sponsorship.

But school is only part of the story. Working with an experienced organisation in the region, we help fund centres that give the children somewhere to do their homework and extra tuition. Once at school they must stay well to learn, so we also fund health camps to screen for and treat common ailments.

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There are many more children we could help if we had more sponsors. Sponsorship costs £6.00 a month, and with that you can support a child through the whole of their school education.

You can also support our fundraising events or make a donation.

Finally you can contribute used printer cartridges and unwanted foreign currency as well as CDs and DVDs.


For more information, to sponsor a child, to donate used printer cartridges, old CDs and DVDs or old coins or notes from any country please contact Dors-to-India secretary Christine Voce:

Email dorstoindia@gmail.com or call 07490 372212.

"Investing in education is the single most effective way of reducing poverty."

Global partnership for education