Children return from India with new ambitions
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.