Welcome to the Divya Shanthi Mission Support (DSMS) website.
We’re a very small UK charity that exists to support Divya Shanthi Christian Association in Bangalore.
If you’re interested in supporting us, you can:
- Sponsor a child: you give a regular monthly donation and are matched up with a specific child at Divya Shanthi
- Give a regular or one-off donation: this helps support children without a sponsor, and goes towards Divya Shanthi’s other educational and health projects
We are always grateful for more sponsors and supporters: even if you can only give a few pounds, it makes a big difference.
During the past few years, we have run two successful appeals to fund-raise for specific purposes.
Youth Worker Appeal (raised £5,400)
We have met our goal of raising £5,400 to provide three years’ funding for a dedicated youth worker at Divya Shanthi in Bangalore. A young woman has now taken on this role, and will be working with young people (particularly 16-18 year olds) from impoverished backgrounds.
The Hazel Sargeant Memorial Fund (raised £22,000)
We are delighted to have not only met but considerably exceeded our goal of raising £12,000 to provide loans for sixth-form college and university students in Bangalore. We have now raised in excess of £22,000.
The students being supported by the Hazel Sargeant Memorial Fund are bright, hard-working young people who’ve done extremely well at Divya Shanthi High School … but their families cannot afford the tuition fees needed for further education.
Hazel Sargeant was instrumental in setting up Divya Shanthi Mission Support after a visit to Bangalore in 2000 with her husband Peter. She had especial compassion for the children with whom Divya Shanthi works.