Debbie Stenner (Supporter; Regular Giver; Trustee; Volunteer)
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John Bronsdon (Long term Regular Donor, visited previous projects in India in 1996)
Debbie Rainer (Donor – ‘COVID 19 Emergency Response: Invisible Communities’)
Una King (Donor)
Jim Dyson (Volunteer; Safeguarding Advisor)
Some longstanding supporters of the charity may be surprised by the name, and the direction of travel that Paper Boat is pursuing. We, as a community, have gone through a lot of changes over the past few years, and are aware that not everyone will be aware of the waypoints through which we've travelled on this journey.
Hopefully the links below can answer any questions that you may have.
The charity launched “Paper Boat” as a new working name in February 2020, with the name formally adopted at our AGM in December 2020. The document below outlines some of the considerations that our voting members considered before passing the special resolution: Why rename – now is the time
Paper boats speak to the child in all of us because making paper boats is something that children from diverse cultures have done for hundreds of years. Transcending status and privilege, this simple, playful and creative act inspires joy and wonder in the hearts and minds of children. In making a paper boat, a child learns to create something new with what they have, and to see their imagination shape reality. Paper boats can embody a child’s dream – a hope that their fragile little vessel will defy all odds, traverse mighty flowing rivers and navigate boundless oceans to reach distant shores…the journey that the little paper boat can take is one of infinite possibility.
Paper Boat are committed to acting in line with evidence that children should, wherever possible, be supported WITHIN their own communities. We, along with many other children’s charities and child rights organisations supported the 2019 UN General Assembly resolution that call on all member states to move away from institutional care.
Furthermore, in 2020 India’s apex child protection body, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) directed the Collectors of eight states (including Tamil Nadu) to ensure children were returned to their families or placed for alternative family-based care (such as adoption).
Paper Boat are no longer sending funds to former partners providing residential care. We have written where possible to all supporters whom had been supporting individual children at these institutions to inform them of changes, and invite direction regarding what donors would like their funds to be used for.
If you believe you belong in that category and have not yet informed the Charity about what you would like to be done with your donations, you can do so via the form below. Please note that if you give via standing order and wish to change or cancel your donations, you will need to contact your bank to do so as Paper Boat cannot instructions on your behalf.
Paper Boat endeavoured to contact everyone who sponsored a child to inform them of the transition from residential to community-based programmes, and to invite their direction around whether or not they would like their donations to be redirected to these programmes. We are however aware that we did not reach everyone with this information, so below you can find communications that you may have missed: