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Women’s Team April 2017 – Day 3

Monday 3 April 2017

Monday 3rd April 2017

Early, Pristine, Skills.

Another early start today at 4AM! 

Train to Dehradun
Train to Dehradun

We couldn’t contain our excitement as today we would arrive at SNEHA School in Dehradun and finally see first–hand the amazing work that Dr Reeta and her team carries out with the help of Saphara. As we drove through the marginalised areas it was hard to imagine what type of school could exist here. We arrived at the school just in time to wave goodbye to the 1100 pristinely dressed pupils as they filed out the school gates at the end of their school day, each one greeting us with ‘Good afternoon ma’am’. I cannot deny that some of our group found this rather emotional!

Dr Reeta introduced our group to her son Ronjoy, her daughter–in–law Gauri, and to her wonderful teaching staff, who support her so fantastically. She also took time to explain to us the many ways that Saphara provides invaluable support to the school, such as providing additional classrooms, toilet facilities and support for teachers’ salaries. Dr Reeta was particularly delighted of the positive impact the Girls’ Resilience Programme was having in the community. The girls partaking in this programme are highly motivated to learn new skills and many are also talking about their dreams for their futures, such as becoming nurses, bankers, air hostesses and other professions, for example in the field of engineering.

Students leaving school
Students leaving school
Students on bicycles leaving school for the end of the day
Students on bicycles leaving school for the end of the day

We then had the opportunity to observe some of the girls from the community who were unable to complete their education, who had however returned to the school to take part in classes that would enable them to earn a living. These classes included activities such as, soft toy making, macreme, henna and sewing. Products made are then sold in the school and the wider community and indeed many of us left the school with our arms laden down with purchased gifts for family and friends in Northern Ireland.

Girls returning to gain employable skills at SNEHA
Girls returning to gain employable skills at SNEHA
The sewing machines used
The sewing machines used

The skills of these young girls and women
The skills of these young girls and women

We have had such an inspiring day and are full of anticipation for our visit to Donk School tomorrow.

Photo Credits: Flo Adair

Posted in Women’s Team 2017
on Monday 3 April 2017