Can you help charity feed the needy?
April 07, 2004
A CHARITY which helps Reading's rough sleepers is appealing for business support to expand its work.
Kindhearted volunteers at Childless Widows and Orphans spend their weekends feeding the homeless but they want to broaden the charity's horizons.
The all-female group plans to set up a homeless shelter in Reading and communes for childless widows and orphans in India, Africa, across the Pacific Rim and South America.
Trustee Amrik Batth told the Evening Post that the ambitious project will be developed over the next 20 years.
For the past two years the infant school teacher from Winnersh has spent Saturday nights touring the town centre in her car with servings of homemade curry which she gives to rough sleepers.
She said: "We have been established for more than two years but have very limited funds. We started feeding a few homeless in the town and at the moment, we are feeding 30 people every Saturday night. The aim is to set up communes and homes for childless widows and orphans across the world, and provide them with educational and skills training so they can become self-sufficient and supporting."
She added: "I was searching for a new direction in my life and I came across the charity. I realised it was something I could do and I thoroughly enjoy it.
"I get a lot of appreciation from people and I appreciate them for accepting the food and the relationship that we have built in the last two years."
She explained the charity's philosophy is based on the teachings of the Sikh faith, which promotes helping the poor, but it is not a religious organisation.
She added: "Our work started here in Reading and the benefits would be to the community here before we go further."
For more information about the work of the charity and to help out, call Ms Batth after 5pm on 07776 180938.