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Girls Make the Headlines on SKCV Trip

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Over the half term break, a group of girls and teachers took a gruelling thirty-six hour trip from Bolton School to Vijayawada in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to visit the charity SKCV Children’s Trust.

The Street Kids Community Villages (SKCV) project was founded in order to help India’s street children to rebuild their lives. The charity provides destitute children with homes in the form of a community village where they make the rules, and offers them both medical care and an education. The charity also runs a drop-in centre, night shelter and informal schools for children who still live on the street, on India’s railways, and in shanty-towns.

The girls have already made the front page of Vijayawada’s local newspaper! They were photographed during a visit to one of Vijayawada’s temples. This was shortly after a VIP welcome at the Goddess Durga temple, the second largest in India.

The girls will spend their remaining time in India meeting the children who live at Prema Vihar Boys’ Village and Amodini Girls' Complex, visiting the drop-in centre, and helping out where they can. This could include teaching English, playing games, and helping with arts and crafts sessions. They have also taken with them a fantastic twenty-one bags of gifts for the children, including some electronic equipment for the girls at Amodini.

Bolton School has been involved with SKCV Children’s Trust for more than ten years. The girls embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime trip were the third contingent of Bolton School pupils to visit SKCV, following previous expeditions in 2005 and 2011.

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Posing at the airport at the start of the long journey to India

Posing at the airport at the start of the long journey to India

The girls have their photo taken at the temple

The girls have their photo taken at the temple

The front-page newspaper article!

The front-page newspaper article!