Despite restrictions, Leweston, The Gryphon School and Sherborne Girls have continued their fundraising efforts, working together to raise over £1800 for the overseas charity ASHA in Delhi, India.
The charity, founded by Dr Kiran Martin in 1988, works with around 500,000 people in nearly 60 slum colonies of Delhi. 15 students from the three Sherborne Schools were due to go out for 10 days in October 2020 with ASHA to volunteer in the slums, however the pandemic meant that the trip could not safely go ahead. This was to be the second joint schools’ expedition and without doubt is one of the most challenging, fulfilling and life changing experiences for the students thus far.
The students all started fund raising for ASHA in 2018 when the first join school exhibition visited the slums in October 2018. Whilst there the students spent five days in Kalkaji Slum Community where they took English classes, helped students with conversational English, ICT skills and presentations. They ran craft, games and sports sessions with the younger students, went on home visits in the slum with the Community Healthcare Workers to monitor health and vaccinations of 0-5 year olds, and sat in on GP clinics run from the ASHA community centre. Students also spoke to Year 12 college students who are able to study thanks to the support and sponsorship of ASHA. Click here to read more about their 2018 trip.
In collaboration with ASHA the students have chosen for their donation to be utilised for medicines and micronutrient supplements which the charity distributes to the elderly, malnourished children and women in the slum communities.
Well done to everyone involved in the fundraising efforts and showing such resilience in spite of restrictions created by the pandemic.