Today was the day, the two hour trek deep within the Himalayan mountains to Donk primary school.
A 6.30am wake up call was the beginning of our journey from Dehradun to Mussoorie–which was not the most straight forward of roads. The twisting, zigzagging road above the clouds is notorious for making us students travel sick and this time it did not disappoint.
We arrived to the start of the trek after a few close shaves – the road from Draperstown to Derry wouldn’t have a look in. We started the trek smothered in insect repellent with all guns blazing and were excited but nervous for the leech infested, slippery and muddy terrain that lay before us.
The trek would not have been half as enjoyable if we did not have our very own tour guide, Surrender Singh with us. A powerful and inspirational man both within the marginalised communities and to us as supporters of Saphara. As I listened to Surrender reminisce about the work Saphara has done to help the children and families connected to Donk primary school it helped me to understand the benefits and opportunities my fundraising has created.
When we arrived to Donk primary school it was surreal to see such a happy bunch of children in such a remote and secluded part of the Himalayas. A highlight for me was seeing the look on the children’s faces when they were presented with gifts from Saphara. The two hour trek really put it into perspective as to how eager these children are to receive an education as some made this rough and rocky journey twice each day.
Of course when we left Donk primary school it began to rain, making the trek much more dangerous. The trek back to the comfort of our car was very tough and we were more than happy to see them on the horizon as we overcame our last hill. A very tired and exhausted group of students made it back to the hotel, and as we crawled through our bedroom door we collapsed into a tangled heap needing a well deserved rest.
Life’s a climb but the view is great.
Connie xPosted in Student Team 2017
on Saturday 8 July 2017