We currently partner with a network of schools and organisations in Kolkata, India, sending both our pupils and our teachers to volunteer in the area. Our pupils mainly work with the Young Men’s Welfare Society, while our teachers actually engage in an exchange with members of staff from Kolkata, an experience which has already been demonstrably helpful in improving their teaching standards. We have also recently established a rowing outreach project with Future Hope, a charitable organisation working in the same area, and together we are helping some of the most vulnerable children from the streets and slums of Kolkata.
The School has also been supporting Wesbank Primary School No 1, in District 6 of the Delft township on the outskirts of Cape Town. This is a very impoverished community and Wesbank Primary School is a beacon of hope in a sea of tin shacks and little employment. This year, we raised £1300 to supply the pupils, the majority of whom do not have anything to eat before arriving at school, with a nutritious bowl of meaty bone soup each day for a year.
The School has also been supporting the HEAL Project in Lusaka, Zambia. As well as hearing from members of the project at School, several school-wide and smaller Charity House projects have raised funds to support this self-help scheme which supports a community centre and income generation schemes for those living with HIV/AIDS. Click here to see a short documentary about one of the boys, Floyd, who is part of HEAL Project.