Beaminster students return from their thrilling journey to India
A GROUP of Beaminster School sixth formers recently returned from a three-week trip to India where they undertook charity work.
The group travelled around a large area of the country experiencing almost all central and northern India has to offer, clocking up an amazing 18,500km in the process.
One of the main reasons for the trip was to visit the two Indian charities that Beaminster School has been supporting for 16 years.
One of these, The Asha Deep Foundation in slums on the outskirts of Delhi, rescues children from the streets and provides them with a home in their orphanage, food, an education, and healthcare as well as clothes and their personal needs.
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Alongside this, the foundation runs a school and numerous outreach projects within the slums.
The school group also travelled to the centre of India to a Leprosy Community – the other charity supported by Beaminster School.
The students decorated wards and painted folk art on the walls to brighten them up for the ageing residents.
Year 13 student Flossie Wright said: “To see the delight on those leprosy sufferers faces as we transformed their wards was fantastically rewarding.”
Student Ryan Strong added: “It was humbling and inspiring actually seeing the difference we were making to the lives of others.”
The group also visited Gandhi’s Ashram, local schools, and learnt about the work of a local group in helping rural villages with renewable energy, building sustainable housing, drains and toilets, and preserving the environment.
They visited the Taj Mahal, the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, and finished their adventure in the foothills of the Himalayas.
They rode elephants, ran the gauntlet of monkeys at a temple in the mountains and ate curry for breakfast.
Student Jack Harvey said: “We met so many inspirational people and learned so much. It was a life-changing experience and I would love to go back and do it all again.”
Gilly Poulten, trip leader, said: “The students were a credit to their school, families and community.
“They showed compassion and sensitivity, they worked hard and made a real difference to others less fortunate than themselves. I am immensely proud of them.”