Students support orphans
Published on: 27 Oct 2017
STUDENTS from Downend School are helping children out of poverty by ditching their uniforms for the day.
They held a non-uniform day raising more than £900 in support of a local project to buy laptops for children at Haven Home Orphanage in India.
The fundraiser was part of the Team India 2017 initiative which supports rural village projects in the Andhra Pradesh province, providing food, supplies and medical education.
Team India is made up of four youth leaders from Christ Church and eight young people, including Downend School students Lucy, Eloise, Ian (last year’s sixth formers), Luke (Yr10) and Josh (Yr8).
The group travelled to India this summer, spending most of their trip at Haven Home.
Youth leader Diane Paddon said: "Team India gave the children clothes, shoes, toys and laptops which had been kindly donated. They set up a computer room, taught computer skills, English, first aid and led daily devotions. They played games and sports with the children, Haven Home favourites being kabaddi and cricket."Team India 2017 would like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ for the very generous £923.19 raised by Downend School.
"The funds raised will buy more laptops, enabling every child in the class to have access to one. The funding will also enable a sponsorship programme to be completed, so that every child will have a sponsor who will be kept informed of their child’s progress.
"One day out of uniform for the students of Downend School will be life changing for the children of Haven Home."