The Trip of a lifetime – Kolkata April 2017
During the Easter holidays 2017, three teachers and four students travelled to Kolkata, in India to witness the work of the Hope Foundation. The Hope Foundation rescues thousands of children from the streets and slums of Kolkata helping to improve their quality of life and give them a better future. Funding over 60 projects, Hope reaches out to the most forgotten and vulnerable. We visited some of the projects the Hope Foundation funds such as boys and girls protection homes, the Hope hospital, the slum and dump crèche, the further education and training facility and the night ambulance service. It highlighted the importance of fundraising for the Hope Foundation and the fantastic work they are carrying out in Kolkata. It was uplifting to spend time with our four Transition Year students, Neasa Fahy, Mary Kate Fehin, Ava Mullane, and Blaithin Matthews and see how mature, caring and passionate they were about these projects and the children they met. It clearly is an invaluable trip for any TY student to go on. Finally, we would like to express a huge thank you for the kindness and sponsorship from our local community, businesses and school, whom without this trip would not have been possible.