This month we wanted to share with you the incredible story of VivAddict Patricia Harrison, who uses all the proceeds from her Vivatic earnings to buy food, clothing and shoes for poor children in Sirohi, Rajasthan. To date, she has donated over £650 to the cause – a true hero.
When I signed up to Vivatic I immediately started to put aside all my earnings as I had just returned from India and was very moved to see the little children walking 4 km to school without shoes. My first £100 was spent on shoes, clothes, notebooks, pencils and food for 6 of the poorest families in the village.
I go to Rajasthan twice a year but am not affiliated with a charity. I have a personal interest in making a difference to people's lives and do whatever I can to help the children. Sometimes it is simply a case of buying a pair of socks for several children or anoraks and woolly hats as it is very cold in the mountains during wintertime.
I met one lady who had to chop wood in the forest every day in order to make a small fire to cook or to heat water to make a cup of tea. She is an elderly lady and I bought a gas hob for her and arranged a supply of gas. Every year I go to visit her and give her 1,000 rupees (£10) to replenish the gas. This has made a huge difference to her life.
I met a young boy who was very gifted in art. However, he had hardly any paper and pens so I took him to the local village to the stationery shop and let him choose whatever he wanted. I can still see the joy in the child's face. The children have nothing - no toys and only one set of torn clothes, and only one simple meal per day.
Another child had been hit by a car and had an open, infected wound. The family had no money to pay for medical care. I arranged a taxi to take him to the local hospital and paid for his wound to be treated and also for medication. The child is now doing well.
So thank you Vivatic for providing such an enjoyable way of earning money to bring happiness to the children in a remote area of Rajasthan. Completing Vivatic surveys is both enjoyable and rewarding in the knowledge that the fruits of my time and energy will make a difference to people's lives. In order to maximise my earnings I complete the surveys in the evenings and also during my lunch breaks and at weekends.
A massive thank you to Patricia for sharing her amazing story. We’re so thrilled that through her charitable work, Vivatic is having such a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate than us around the world.
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Ciao for now!