During our visit the residents were enjoying a music event organised by volunteers from local schools. Krishna showed us around the home and it seemed a lot brighter. The outside area has now been flagged which makes it easier for residents to move around and access the recreational area. We saw a cupboard full of beautiful candles that had been made by the residents. FCN provided the candle making equipment, enabling residents to learn new skills and provided them with a way to make some extra money if they wished.
A physiotherapist has now been employed at the home. Krishna spoke highly of them as a valued member of the team. It was good to see the clinic room which FCN helped fund equipment for is now in regular use by the physiotherapist. Krishna also showed us the grab rails funded by FCN in the toilet area and around the garden area at the front of the building. They have helped residents to be more independent in self-care and improved the access to leisure areas.
As we walked around the home Krishna spoke to some of the residents and explained that our charity funded the weekly fruit for the home. We were duly thanked as it was obviously appreciated.
Krishna was very enthusiastic and proud whilst showing us around his home. He is such an important member of FCN as he is an advocate for the residents speaking openly on their behalf.
I spoke to Krishna and he is aware of the limitations of FCN as a small charity but I am confident he will continue to ask for help from the charity if residents are in need.
Whilst we were in the home Krishna introduced us to Douwe a gentleman from the Netherlands who was volunteering at Khagendra . Douwe was in the process of researching the costings for a completely new sanitation area for the residents. If the project is viable FCN may look to support this.
It was wonderful being able to return to Khagendra to see how everyone is doing. It was great to see the things FCN are funding are making a positive impact on the residents lives, helping them to become more independent and develop new skills.