The Brother Lionel Fund supports the work of Brother Lionel (James Kimpton) and his Indian charity Reaching the Unreached (RTU) which is an organisation of social workers based in a remote village in Tamil Nadu in South India. Its whole aim is to outreach to those in the greatest need. They help the poorest people at the grass roots level in many small villages whose needs are immense and of every kind. Their main work is child based and they run four purpose built Children’s Villages which house nearly 550 orphaned, abandoned, unwanted and HIV AIDS children in family groups of 6 or 7 under the love and care of a foster mother.
At St Peter’s our main aim is to sponsor some of these children, and we are now managing to sponsor over 60 children a year. The pupils are asked to contribute, if they are able, the sum of 3p a day, and in so doing remember daily the poverty of those less well off than themselves. St Peter’s students and staff have raisied more than £195,000 towards the fund, since 1977. Helping to provide some 2000 children in RTU schools, 7500 houses built in the last 30 years and over 2000 fresh water wells sunk for the use of the village people.
I know of no other school over such an extended period to have done so much to alleviate poverty in the Third World. St Peter’s can justifiably be proud of itself. Thank you to all who have contributed and continue to support the Brother Lionel Fund.