Two members of The Rotary Club of Holbeach have travelled to India and Nepal to help provide a better life for children who live there.
Their first destination was to India to spread the word about National Polio Immunisation Day .
The club’s president Colin Scott and Rotarian David Dye visited a village near Badaum, with a 7,000 population and just 500 homes, to help a team vaccinate hundreds of children.
David said: “We were treated with the utmost amazing friendliness.”
The following day the team visited homes to check children had been immunised, marking the doors of those who had and offering the vaccination there and then if they hadn’t.
Polio remains endemic in three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. With the ease of travel today immunisation is essential in order to eradicate Polio completely.
Then David and Colin had another visit to make, in Bharatpur, a six-hour drive from Khatmandu, Nepal, to the Shree School.
The Rotary Club of Holbeach and eight others in our area hope to improve the lives of hearing and speech impaired students.
David said: “The school is a very poor unit with 140 hearing pupils and 14 deaf pupils.
“The dedicated headmistress, Mrs Dallakoti, wants to make the school a beacon of excellence for educating the deaf in the whole of Nepal.
“If you are a deaf child you are deemed useless and have no future, other than to be exploited and labour on the land.”
The 14 teachers want to extend the school’s accommodation so pupils can move to Bharatur for this education.
David said: “Once they are taught sign language it empowers them and improves their future.”
The Rotary Club of Holbeach is leading the project with the other clubs to raise a total of £10,000, enough to apply for a Rotary global grant of £35,000.
The only money the school gets from their Government is teachers’ salaries.
This funding will help their vision to improve sanitation, repair the school and purchase equipment.
David and Colin completely self-funded their visit to establish the cost of the work.
Before committing, they are waiting for the plans and figures to come back.
They met engineers, staff, Bharatpur Rotary Club and representatives of the Nepal Trust, who could manage the project.
David said: “It is a new project for us and we hope to get it off the ground.”