Trip to Calcutta February 2017

Ten of our fifth year students travelled to Calcutta over the February mid-term break with their teachers Ms Sarah Curtin, Ms Maire O’Brien and Mr Fergal O’Leary. This trip was in conjunction with the HOPE Foundation. HOPE is dedicated to promoting the protection of street & slum children primarily in Kolkata (Calcutta), and the most underprivileged in India, to promote immediate and lasting change in their lives.The girls had been working extremely hard over the last 18 months to fundraise for the trip. The students who travelled witnessed, first-hand, the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata. Supported throughout their time in India, the students were introduced to poverty, the realities of street children and the joy of HOPE. The students spent time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects and immersing themselves in Indian culture. Our students will remember the experience for the rest of their lives, and become more aware of their place in society and how they can make the world a better place by caring for people who are less well off than themselves.

I would like to pay a special tribute to all of the students who travelled to Kolkata as they showed amazing maturity, compassion and committment while they were in India. They also fundraised a substantial sum of money, which will be donated to the various HOPE projects. It is a hugely positive and life-changing experience. It gives students the opportunity to engage in experiences not available in the classroom, encourages greater independence and enhances social and cultural development. Well done girls

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