The Bargarh Housing Project,
Orissa, India
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Contributors to the Project:

Rotary Clubs:
- Bilston / - Burntwood / - Burslem
- Cotes des Legendes, Brest, France
- Dudley / - Endon-Stockton Brook
- Kidsgrove / - Rotary Foundation, America
- Sedgley & Wombourne / - Shrewsbury
- St. Ingbert, Germany
- Tipton / - Uttoxeter / - Walsall
- Wednesbury / - Wellington

- Mrs J Beese / - Mr F Hadley / - Mr A J Hillman
- Mr F Kendrick / - Mr J Noot
and many anonymous donations

Other Organisations:
- Balaji Hindu Temple, Tividale near Birmingham
- Bilston Baptist Church Ladies Class
- Bilston Probus Club
- Bromley Anglican & Methodist Association
- Church of the Holy Spirit - Bovey Tracey
- Inner Wheel Club of Bilston
- Erica Leonard Trust, Elstead
- Norton Townswomens Guild
- St. Edmunds R.C. Church, Godalming
- St. James Methodist Guild, Pensnett
- St. Josephs R.C. Church, Dudley
- Sedgley Community Association
- United Reform Church, Dudley

Winner 1994
District Significant Achievement Award

Dudley Rotary Club is the only Club in District 1210 to have been presented with four District Significant Achievement Awards.

The Pebble in the Pool

If you drop a pebble in a pool the ripples reach far and wide. Father Anthony Fleming dropped his stone in the water during a four yearly visit to the Rotary Club of Dudley, his home town, and with the help of Rotary all around the world a new village for leper families in India was born.

Father Fleming wanted, with his belief and vision, to provide families shunned by society with homes they could call their own. The first ripple began when Father Fleming approached the Dudley Club to fund a project to build 40 homes for leper families in Bargarh. Dudley took on the challenge and the launch of the project brought help from other Rotary Clubs in District 1210, France, Germany, schools, individuals and Religious bodies throughout the U.K.

Leper families in Bargarh were living in appalling conditions in mud huts on the side of a river bank with no proper shelter, no drinking water and no quality of life. They had become outcasts from society due to religious dogma and had gathered together to survive. Father Fleming wanted the lepers to have solid homes for their families to live in instead of the primitive mud hovels that society had condemned them to.

As soon as the funds came in, land was purchased and the ripples spread further with work on the new solidly built homes beginning. More than £29,000 raised from all around the world went to buy the land, the materials for the new homes and funded the labour costs over a period of 3 years.

The project changed the life of the leper families in Bargarh: they had their own houses, dignity, a purpose in life and a goal to work for. They worked hard to become self sufficient, with their own animals, cultivated fields, and with a spinning and weaving business.

A hospital and school were set up in the new Ashraya village (the name meaning 'Shelter') to provide medical care and education to the residents and children with funds attracted from other sources that the ripples have reached.

Rotary Foundation made a matching grant to assist with funding an electricity supply and sanitation for the village, essentials not previously enjoyed by the leper families.

All this would not have been possible without the vision and compassion shown for the desperately poor by Father Fleming. The lepers' lives were drastically changed by the help received. They showed their thanks by putting a plaque on each home dedicated to each club or organisation that raised the money.

The Rotary Club of Dudley feels privileged to have facilitated this project through its connection with the Dudley priest Father Tony Fleming who gave 50 years of service to the poor in India. Sadly Father Tony passed away but his legacy lives on.