HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well-prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing, support and friendship.
Jun 17, 2016

June 2016 Update

My cousin’s Primary school in Eccles near Manchester recently did a sponsored walk for the New Life Centre school in Sarberia, West Bengal. The students worked out that the height of Mount Everest was equivalent to 10 kilometres, and so they planned a 10K track around the playground.

They raised £1200, which is the most they have ever raised before in their fundraising activities, because they were able to empathise with their fellow students in West Bengal. Despite very different environments and home backgrounds, the children in Eccles were captivated by the personal stories of the students in Sarberia - such as the boy who was left abandoned in a tea shop in the village and was adopted by a poor farmer and his wife. This boy started at the New Life Centre school when he was 4 years old and he has just passed his Board Exam (National Standard for 15+ year olds) with flying colours and is destined for a bright future!

Education changes lives in West Bengal, as it does in this country, but we don’t tend to think of it in those stark terms. This boy will be the first of his adopted family to have the opportunity to work somewhere other than tending the fields, a subsistence living. When you are given the opportunity not only to change your work, but expand your horizons, who knows where you could end up?

This is the story of the founder of the New Life Centre school, Alindra Naskar. Here he is seen in the playground of the school. Alindra was educated with the help of a local priest. His ‘lucky break’ has multiplied in kind.

If Alindra’s educational break can result in educating a whole village, what will the students of the New Life Centre school achieve in their lifetimes?

Thank you to the children and staff at Holy Cross and All Saints school in Eccles.

Wouldn’t you like to be involved in this educational success story?

Jun 16, 2016

June 2016 Update

The Mnukwa project continues to make progress and we were boosted recently with the school sending their first emails to us. The Headmaster was pleased to say that he’s got new teachers appointed and that all is going well.

We also had friends from ZOE charity who work in the area visit and report back. John sent us this note saying “...Called in at the skills centre. Wardrobes and beds under construction and good to see dress making going on. Will catch up with Wilson shortly and send more details then.” He also attached these pictures showing the carpentry developments and the students working in the sewing room.

Thank you for your support.

We look forward to giving you another update very soon.

May 13, 2016

May 2016 Update

PIZZ Children waving
PIZZ Children waving

Greetings from Zambia!

I have been visiting PIZZ School since 2004 and have seen it and the children develop.

The provision of school meals has made a real difference to the children. I can see that they are livelier and healthier. Each year I talk to many children at the school to find out how they are getting on, what lessons and activities they enjoy and what they most like about coming to school. Some tell me that one of the best things about school is the food! Unfortunately for many, this small meal is their main food of the day – some will even take part of their meal back for their families.

I am once again in Monze and have spoken to Mrs. Sianga about the feeding project. She tells me that the difference the food is making is enormous. The children are able to concentrate on their lessons and this has resulted in some wonderful academic results. Out of 74 children who took their grade 9 examinations last December 53 where successful – this was the best set of results for all schools in Monze. Attendance levels at the school have also dramatically improved. In previous years children would have to go around the town to try to get some food and consequently would miss lessons.

The children are keen to come to school and the success of the former students encourages them and their families to believe that they can improve their lives.

There are many challenges faced by the school in providing lunches. Water is a major issue. Sometimes because of low water levels and rationed electricity there is no water at the school for several days. Large containers need to be filled and brought to site. Cooking facilities etc. are inadequate and feeding 360 plus children each day makes a lot of work for the staff. However, because they see the great impact the food is having, they manage to overcome all the obstacles and feed the children daily.

Thanks to your continued support the children at PIZZ School can look forward to a brighter future!

 

 
   

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