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Newsletter No 13  -  May 2017 


We would like to thank everyone who continues
to support Sophie's Fund, in so many ways.
Latest photo of the the girls
Latest news -

We continue to fund Alice, the teacher at Home of Peace.
We also continue to fund Susanna and Shalini at Campus Rangers College. Susanna is shortly taking her iGCSE's, and Shalini is preparing for her iGCSE's. 
We decided that in this newsletter, we would give a brief update of each
of the girls - we hope you enjoy it.
We are very pleased to have been able, with your help, to have supported Justine and her girls over the last three years.
  • Susanna will turn 18 this October. She had to redo two years and will sit for her IGCSE’s in mid-2018. She has been trying her best – but academics does not come easy for her. She is a more hands on person. Be that as it may she must complete her IGCSE’s in 2018. She wavers between being trained as a Nurse or Chef. We will help and encourage Susanna all the way – once she completes her finals we will help her in whatever field she may choose as her career path.  Sophie’s Fund has been sponsoring Susanna’s studies since 2015.
  • Shalini is now in Grade 9. She has two years to go before sitting for her IGCSE’s. She is working hard at school and will achieve her goals – she is focused and determined. At this point she is still unsure of what her career path will be. Shalini too is being sponsored by Sophie’s Fund. Shalini will turn 17 this July.
  • Shammiah is being home-schooled and is in Year 9, upper Secondary. She has improved tremendously and is working hard. She wants to work with children in the future
  • Christina Joy turned 14 in January this year. She is in Grade 7 and is working hard. She has a very positive attitude towards life. Get along well with the rest of the girls. Not sure what her career path is at the moment.
  • Shelyna turned 14 early this year. She is working on with her school work. She has improved vastly since school began this year. She needs to take a few more chances to gain confidence in herself.
  • Cathryn Ruth will turn 14 in December at the end of this year. She is slowly coming out of her shell and is actually beginning to have opinions!! She is a talented singer and enjoys being in the choir. She needs more push where school work is concerned.
  • Subashini will turn 14 this December. She has shown that with determination and hard work on her part – she can succeed. She was placed in a special needs class at School and was taught at a much lower level than someone her age. Since she joined the rest of the girls at being home schooled she has progressed quickly. She can read better now and while her written work need more practice and encouragement – she is progressing.
  • Mythi will be 13 in December. She shows much progress in Mathematics. She needs to read more and have a broader understanding of her immediate surrounding. She has come a long way and if she continues to improve she will be the Nurse that she wants to be in the future.
  • Nisha turned 12 this February. She is a talented singer. She needs constant encouragement and push to compete her homework. She is full of energy and is one of the many live wires of the family. She needs help with Maths and Science.
  • Carolina Jane came when she was 18 months and this year she will be 11 years old. She finds some subjects a challenge but with being home-schooled she is slowly progressing. She is trying her very best to write her own stories and is getting better.
  • Panes will be 10 in October. She has trouble remembering her multiplications but is slowly improving. She loves to draw and sing. She needs reassurance and help with her homework. She sings well and joins the other at Choir.
  • Moli was sent to HOP by Social Services when she was just short of her 2nd birthday. She is very determined to overcome her limitations. She among all the others struggled to read and write – today at almost ten – she can read though struggles a bit with writing and maths. However with her determination to overcome challenges she will do it.
  • Tharzhini joined us at 7. She could not read nor write in English or Bahasa Malaysia. Through sheer determination she mastered reading and writing in English. We had a very committed volunteer who spent a lot of time teaching Tharzhini to read and write! Tharzhini will be 9 soon. She wants to be able to spell and write her own stories and I am sure that she will soon.
  • Sharmila will be 8 in September and she is a very bright child. She can read effortlessly for a child her age and is very good at Maths. She has a good memory and is full of cheer. She will be a star in her education!
  • Ruth Malar came to us when she was barely 6 weeks old. This October she will be 7. She is full of cheer, song and dance. She speaks well, has trouble memorising her Multiplication tables, and has good writing skills. She has self-confidence for one so young! She will do well in the future.
  • Anna is our pride and joy! A miracle baby. She was refereed to HOP by social services based at University Hospital. A very sick baby abandoned by her family. When she came to us she could not speak, she needed constant suction to remove phlegm and mucus from her lungs. She needed speech therapy and was helped by Sophie’s Fund. Anna underwent 20 sessions and today at 7 she can read, write and play like the rest.
  • Faith was referred by Social Services at University Hospital. She was placed with us as she was neglected, undernourished and weak. She was one when she came to us. Today she is 2 and is full of life and joy. She learnt to walk and is slowly beginning to speak. We have a good Speech Therapist who comes to the house to work with Faith.
We have agreed to help fund the
girls Field Trip to 8 Acres,
which they
all enjoyed last year.
[these are photos from last year !]

Alice with some of the lovely smiley girls.
To view the Home of Peace Facebook page,
please click on this link:
Home of Peace Facebook page
Financial commitments:
We are currently committed to an outlay
£1400.00 per month for 2017
What are some of the girls doing now ? 
  • A sous chef (temporarily on hold as she has a very young baby !) 
  • An early childhood educator 
  • A crew leader in a fast food outlet 
  • Two work in administration of their companies 
  • One studying in New Zealand for a Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education.

 A big thank you.

  • We would like to thank all those people who have donated money to the Fund recently - we do not know all of you, but assure you that your support is much appreciated.
  • Thank you, also, to all of you who have set up a Standing order.

How to donate - 

By  Internet banking -  
                             Account name: Sophie's Trust.                  
                             Account no:74654144.                                
                             Sort code: 60-23-05  
              To donate by Virgin Money Giving, Paypal, or
         Charities Aid Foundation, please click on the link below -
Virgin Money Giving
Charities Aid Foundation
To view our Website, or Facebook page,
please click on the links below.
Sophie's Fund website
Sophie's Fund Facebook page
To download a Standing order Form,
please click on the link below 

Standing order Form

If you would like to support us further, or would like more information, please contact -


William Thomas.

Avocet Cottage,

12b Follett Road

Devon.  EX3 0JP.
Tel. no: 01 392 876378

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