Who are we?

  • We are a group of volunteers, with a passion to serve the poor and disadvantaged of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  
  • The charity, formed 21st October 2001, is registered in the U.K.  (No.1101811).

What do we do?

  • We raise funds for an Indian charity, Salem Gospel Outreach in Education & Rural Care Organisation (SalGOERCO).  As our name  suggests, we assist SalGO in India by sending money and by raising awareness in the U.K. of the material and spiritual needs in the towns and villages where SalGOERCO operates.  

How do we do it?

  • We encourage sponsorship of widows, and of orphans and other “at risk” children.  With the help of sponsors and other volunteers we organise fundraising events throughout the year. We produce a newsletter.  We like to be invited to speak at meetings and show videos of the work, which also includes one-off projects, such as land purchase, water supply and sanitation.
  • The trustees (Chairman Clifford Smith, Treasurer Roland Castle, and several others) meet monthly to receive project reports, assess needs and allocate funds.   One or more trustees visit the projects at their own expense, usually every other year, and we receive audited accounts from SalGOERCO.  We are fully committed to an agreed Child & Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy (CVAPP).  When visiting the projects we adhere to SalGOERCO’s own CVAPP.

Where is the money spent?

  • Mostly in Bapatla, a coastal town in Guntur District, and the many surrounding villages (total population over 200,000) but projects 100km or more west and north operate successfully.                                                                     
  • The only costs incurred in the UK are bank charges on our quarterly money transfers, occasional printing, and necessary insurance.

Why Bapatla?

  • Because the need is great.  Many people, especially in the villages and roadside communities, are dalits (previously called “untouchables”) or tribal people.  They live precarious lives, in leaky huts or palm-leaf structures liable to collapse in the rainy season.  With little or no education  they are limited to low-paid or seasonal work.  HIV/Aids is a serious issue in the area; children from affected families are often ostracised.  We want to change people’s lives, encourage children to stay in school and, where appropriate, take up college places.
  • Because SalGOERCO, based in the Pentecostal Church in Bapatla, is an excellent partner.  With 13 years of collaboration behind us we can rely on the honesty, integrity and experience of the men and women who run the projects.  They are inspired by their Christian faith and nurtured by their Pastor, K. Gamaliel (Director of SalGOERCO) but they care for the poor of any creed or none.