Power of Silence, chapter 2…

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Our friend Gina, without whose help most of ‘Helping Elsewhere’ would not happen as she manages to fit in visits to the school alongside her full time job, has just returned from visiting her family in Poona and has already sent us an up to date report on the school. So in her words this is what has been happening…

The school has had their inspection for Class 9 & it seems to have gone well. The Parish youth had a football match & donated the money to buy 100 plastic chairs, just prior to the inspection.

I saw the computer lab – they now have 3 computers & a very personable young lady doing the subject with them.

The student council of the school came up with an idea, which had me in splits when I heard it – not because of the idea, but because of the change it’s brought in the school. Since Father & Jacinta are trying very hard to get the children to speak English, the student council said the children who don’t speak English should be fined, & the money goes to the school fund!! So there is now silence in the school, because those who can’t pay or have to pay from their pocket money are keeping quiet!!!!

The Govt is giving the school 20,000 rs to buy musical instruments for the school -so J is planning on getting a violin – no Goan celebration is complete without someone playing the violin! Also a couple of other Western & Indian instruments.

We thought the childrens’ fundraising idea was great, especially following on from Silvia’s efforts last week to raise funds for Helping Elsewhere by being quiet!

So the next set of items we are trying to raise money for are more science equipment after the delivery of the microscope, more books for the library and we need to raise funds for 3 more teachers who can teach at the next level up, which will enable the children to further their education beyond the basic entry level.

I will keep you all posted, donations can be made via PayPal or cheques made out to Helping Elsewhere and sent to 43, Camborne Road, London SW18 4BH. Don’t forget about the online shopping option, using Easy Fundraising – it costs you nothing but we do get an appreciable percentage.

We will be in touch soon, with some more fundraising events!

 

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