Navchetan School, Bhuj, India
In June 2017 I led a group of students from the Universities of Nottingham and Warwick out to Bhuj in India to teach in a school for children with disabilities. This was my second time volunteering at Navchetan School, where the volunteers teach lessons in Gujarati, English and sign language to classes with a mix of disabilities. Unsurprisingly, the students surpassed our expectations in a variety of ways. The deaf students were extremely skilled at dancing, despite not being able to hear the music, and were speedier than us at arithmetic. Moreover, the blind children had flawless singing voices and the physically disabled were able to play cricket and badminton better than I could.
As most of the students board at the school, we also provided pastoral care, which I could tell had the most impact, as so many students remembered me from the 2015 trip. Thank you to ONLA for the generous donation, which helped towards my travel costs and to buy many resources for the children. This ranged from sports equipment and fancy dress to more basic items such as pens, paper and glue sticks.