Off to fight poverty in north­east In­dia

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

Crafter­noon Tea, lo­cal hand­made crafts, Christ­mas gift­ware, food and much more. De­cem­ber 1, 10am-2pm, Trin­ity Hall, 400 New North Rd, Kings­land. Free en­try.

Help­ing hand: Re­bekah Sil­ver is in In­dia to help peo­ple liv­ing in poverty.

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