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Couple from Bournemouth off to India to help open school
A BOURNEMOUTH couple who have volunteered in poverty-stricken countries are going one step further by trying to open a school in India.
Steve Flett and Darshika Saxena, of Manor Road, are in the process of setting up a registered charity Being Children, and are poised to travel out to Goa in the next few weeks.
The pair, who met in 2010 while volunteering in Goa, have recently left their teaching jobs at a local language school and hope to encourage families living in the slums to send their children to school and enjoy a good education.
Steve, 33, said: “We’ve got a friend out there who has started doing outreach work and preparing the way.
“Once we go there we’re hoping to look for somewhere to set up a school, it may be that we operate actually in the slums or hopefully we will be able to find a suitable building that can be used for a school.
“We’d like to focus on im-proving education, healthcare and nutrition but also on the children having fun and conc-entrating on just being children.”
And Darshika added: “I was born in India and you don’t really see the poverty until you are up close. When I volunteered, it was an eye opener. You see how they struggle for even the smallest things and how much little things mean to them.”
The couple have set up a website www.BeingChildren.org and a Facebook page and are appealing for anyone who could fundraise for them or who might be interested in volunteering in Goa in the future to get in touch through the website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
They would also like to hear from any businesses that could donate supplies.
Steve said: “When we’ve been there and seen the difference it makes, it drives you on to do more. I feel the more I’ve done, the more I want to do.”
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