Off to fight poverty in northeast India
A group of young adults is helping a small Indian village following the success of this year’s Live Below the Line campaign.
With the aid of the Glenn Family Foundation, the P3 Foundation raised more than $100,000 during the October campaign.
The money will be used to improve the basic amenities of the village with a population of only 340 people.
On Tuesday, 13 young adults and university students departed for a village in the Kalimpong region, in the northeast of India.
The region’s harsh climate means many people in the village live in poverty and are affected by poor water quality, sanitation and health.
The delegation will provide assistance to Glenn Family Foundation staff in Kalimpong by building and repairing toilets and schools, as well as assisting in a medical camp.
They will also run educational workshops in the village where rural poverty makes it difficult for children to stay in school.
Leading the delegation is Rebekah Silver, an international development student from Auckland University.
She is looking forward to applying her lessons in a practical way.
‘‘I am always learning about experiences of extreme poverty and how we can best respond to this important issue.
‘‘Going to Kalimpong gives me the opportunity to live out what I am studying in the classroom and see what a development intervention looks like and how it operates.’’
She says the trip is a great opportunity for young people to make a difference in an impoverished community.
Youth aid: These young adults are with the P3 Foundation to provide assistance to a rural community in India.
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Helping hand: Rebekah Silver is in India to help people living in poverty.