A doll of a do­na­tion is educa­tional for chil­dren in In­dia

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Be­nalla’s Beth Grant of Beth’s Toy Shop has re­cently do­nated two doll houses to a school in Goa, In­dia.

The do­na­tion was made through Global Vaddo Char­i­ta­ble Trust who Ms Grant got in­volved with when she worked for its founders Eve­lyn and Nigel Robert­son.

‘‘The Robert­sons have done so much for kids in Goa... her fam­ily ini­tially do­nated land for a school to be built,’’ Ms Grant said.

‘‘In­spired by that, they started the char­ity to raise money for the chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘These chil­dren come from very dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds.

‘‘Their homes don’t have wash­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘The fam­i­lies don’t have much money. ‘‘It is very tough for them. ‘‘So I wanted to help the school, and par­tic­u­larly the girls who go there.’’

So, Ms Grant de­cided it would be nice to do­nate some doll houses, not only to play with but also to act as an educa­tional tool.

She also do­nated fur­ni­ture and dolls to com­plete the set.

‘‘I thought the girls would love it, but it turns out the boys do too, which we also find here in Aus­tralia,’’ Ms Grant said.

‘‘The doll houses ex­pose them to ideas and con­cepts they might never see.

‘‘A lot of the kids have learnt about plumb­ing af­ter ask­ing ques­tions about the bath­rooms.

‘‘They mostly live in what we would de­scribe as slums, and they hadn’t seen a bath­room.

‘‘But it’s not just about learn­ing, they all have a lot of fun too.’’

Ms Grant said that de­spite want­ing to visit the school in Goa, be­tween her work and com­mit­ments it has been im­pos­si­ble so far.

‘‘Global Vaddo have re­cently gone over to a re­mote part of Ti­mor to build a med­i­cal clinic,’’ she said.

‘‘So I am hop­ing I will be able to go next year to help out with that.’’

If you are in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing to, or get­ting in­volved with Global Vaddo you can find out more at www.gvc.org.au

Toy story: Be­nalla's Beth Grant in Beth’s Toy Shop.

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