During the summer of 2010, our Venture Scout Group is undertook its biggest project yet. Venture Scouts from Mount Argus, Crumlin, Walkinstown and Donore Avenue in Dublin are travelling to Durgapur, West Bengal, India to extend a school house in a developing area..
The school is a learning centre for children ages six and up but because of the lack of facilities, girls can only attend until their very early teens. Our group was in India for 26 days, and working in partnership with the Hope Foundation, we set about making a difference to the community by undertaking 4 building & development projects.
The Work included;
Painting & decorating a Crèche.
Renovating & extending a school with a new room & roof.
Building a new Block for Boys/Girls toilets with a new wash room.
Sponsoring an irrigation project that will provide local families with land for growing food & a new source of water for the village.
We included the community in our work by living as part of, and working closely with the locals to teach games, songs and culture and impart an ownership of the project to the local community.
In total there were forty one people people travelling with our group, thirty tthree of who were between the ages of 16 – 18, boys & girls. This was a wonderful yet very challenging experience for the Venture Scouts, both physically & mentally.