The Wing of Hope Achievement Award winners of 2011 have just returned from a fantastic trip of a lifetime to Chennai in Southern India. This year two teams took the trip to India; team ‘Evolution’ consisting of 3 boys from 3 schools (ACS International School, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Merchant Taylor’s School) and Team ‘Light Side of the Moon’ made of 6 boys from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in London.
Team Evolution’s award winning ideas included a dinner dance and fashion show, trick or treating, snow shovelling and tutoring to name a few! Light Side of the Moon organised a dinner dance, walked 15 miles in shorts, socks and sandles, and, if that wasn’t enough walking, they were also sponsored to walk on broken glass!
Shivankit Hora, Karan Gupta and Amar Sehgal from team Evolution jetted off with Anand Dhamecha, Rikin Shah, Paras Shah, Rohit Bhatia, Tej Malde and Vishaal Patel from Light Side of the Moon to Chennai in August. They were accompanied with the co-founders of Wings of Hope, Mrs Rajni Sriram and Dr Sri Ram.
The boys had the chance to teach India children about life in London and Britain, showing them pictures from books and personal photographs. The boys taught students of all ages and their classes were packed with fun and entertaining activities for the children, as the boys designed and lead lessons themselves.
One of the winners, Shivankit Hora, said,
“We’re here in India in the school and it is really amazing. I did not expect it to be like this – it’s really, really big and beautifully decorated and all the children here are so enthusiastic about learning and education. I would recommend WOHAA because it’s the children’s way of giving back to other children around the world.”
In Chennai the Boys were very privileged to meet the Deputy High Commissioner of Britain, Mr. Mike Nithavrianakis, for Tea! The Deputy High Commissioner was very impressed by their achievements and gave them the benefits of working for and linking up with India as it is an up and coming country with a lot of scope for the future.
Whilst in Delhi, the Boys once again had the opportunity to meet the Minister from the Ministry of Indian Overseas. Once again a huge array of refreshments were provided and the opportunity for a photo shoot.
Here are further comments from Paras Shah:
“Overall, this trip was fantastic, and a real eye-opener for all involved. The experience we gained in teaching and interacting with the kids was invaluable, and taught us to appreciate everything we have. It made me realise the importance of education, and how it is desperately needed all around the globe. I can also understand how hard it is to be a teacher! It was great to see the work Wings of Hope are doing out there, and I recommend the achievement award to all future hopefuls! “