Back to Blighty…

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Well we have been back a week, and what a week it has been. Apart from freezing temperatures and a re-assessment of the life work balance, I have had emails from people we have met in Goa who want to help and we seem to be collecting new supporters as we go.

I have been asked by many people, ‘What Now?’ so I have created a second wish list with our goals for the next year. We are obviously looking to continue to pay for the 20 poorer children in the village to attend school, but now we would also like to top up the salaries of the teachers. Currently, they work for little more than expenses which understandably means the teachers must quickly move on to better paid posts as they become available (sort of like doing gap years so to speak). We would like to raise the salaries our school can pay in order to keep the young, excellent and keen teachers we met and provide a bit of much needed stability. Our goal is also to provide enough teachers to allow the kids to stay on past the age of 14 – currently to continue their education they have to travel much further afield to other schools.

Also having put work into supporting the sports side of the school, we are now looking at the arts and so would like to provide some music teaching. The education department has already agreed to give money to provide one teacher and instruments but the school has been forced to chose whether to teach Indian or Western music but the children (and their parents) obviously would like both. So we would like to add to the budget to allow this to happen. And, of course, adding to ‘Alice’s Library’ is always a good goal.

All in all, this means our target is to raise £3500 over the next year. That’s what I call a challenge!

We are now in regular contact directly with the IT teacher and Dustin has emailed over to us some pictures that were taken on the digital camera that we were able to buy for them, that show more of us at the football tournament.

‘Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking’ I ended up giving a speech!

And finally actually awarding the ‘Horley Town’ Trophy.

Anyway, if any of our trusty supporters have any good fund raising ideas that I (or you!) can put into practice I would love to hear from you – as I really hope that we can achieve our second years target.


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