Chil­dren re­turn from In­dia with new am­bi­tions

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

STU­DENTS have re­turned from a lifechang­ing trip to In­dia with a new am­bi­tion.

The group of 18 pupils from Poyn­ton High School trav­elled to Chen­nai, known as the gate­way to South In­dia.

There they vis­ited two chil­dren’s homes in Tamil Nadu, as part of the project which the school has sup­ported since 2005, which are run by Mac­cles­field-based char­ity In­dia Di­rect.

The group ar­rived in 40 de­gree heat and got straight to work paint­ing a colour­ful mu­ral on the out­side of the new chil­dren’s home.

They took chil­dren to Chen­nai Zoo and an an­cient tem­ple, and taught them to make loom band bracelets, paint­ing their faces, mak­ing colour­ful masks, play­ing foot­ball and cricket.

The project has funded a med­i­cal camp in a ru­ral vil­lage and on this trip Poyn­ton stu­dents vis­ited peo­ple in their own homes and helped is­sue sheets to des­ti­tute wid­ows and the el­derly in the area.

On their re­turn the school has plans to start a Poyn­ton High School schol­ar­ship fund to pay for one de­gree stu­dent or three vo­ca­tional stu­dents each year.

He­len Mil­li­gan, who helped or­gan­ise the trip, said: “This was a fan­tas­tic trip for ev­ery­one, an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for us all which has mo­ti­vated us to fund a schol­ar­ship and re­ally make a dif­fer­ence to a child’s fu­ture.”

● Katie Lead­bet­ter, bove cen­tre, with girls from the home, right, Meg Ni­cholls shows chil­dren how to make loom bands.

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