A doll of a donation is educational for children in India
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.