Hayden Hall has for fifty years been dedicated to the alleviation of poverty, especially among women and children in Darjeeling and the surrounding hills. Its programs include Mother and Child Health, Education, Income Generation for women & Elderly, and a food-distribution program for at-risk mothers and infants as well as the elderly. Hayden Hall was inspired and lifted into reality by Fr. Edgar P. Burns, who –along with many dedicated local residents– instigated its beginnings and guided its growth and development until his death in 2010.
"There but for the grace of God go I... There.....Deomaya's home, made of cardboxes, flattened oil tins, old X'mas cards and gunny roof; leaking, cold, smoky; full of children, sickness and starvation, and three months rent to pay...
"A generous person shall prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." - Proverbs 11:25
Jean-Francois Llorens, Trish Perkins’ husband, is a recently retired college professor who, at long last, has the time to pursue his artistic talents. He enjoys keeping the photo library of Hayden Hall up to date with fresh pictures of its many-faceted programs and its people.
Trish Perkins came to Hayden Hall as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar on the recommendation of the staunch supporter and Rotary Honorary Member Father Van. She has worked on the website, helped with brochures and photography—but her main contribution has been the development of an organizational database. She visits Hayden Hall and Darjeeling as often as possible. Back at home in the USA, she is an information systems consultant.
Tashi Bhutia has been associated with Hayden Hall since 2018. He has been helping us with our Website and Graphic Designs thus boosting our presence on the web. He’s been our Digital Consultant.