Faculty members from the Park House School in Doha have raised QR110,000 to help build five new classrooms at a charity school and orphanage in India.The Gnana Deepa Matriculation School in the Salem District of Tamil Nadu, India, started with just 12 students 20 years ago and has grown to 670 students with a current rate of 100 new students every year.Gondolania at Villagio Mall has donated QR9,000, as well as the QR30 entrance fee for 480 Park House students. They have also provided the airline tickets for Park House faculty members Andy Coomer, Lawrence Diver and Andy Funnell who will be teaching at the school while assisting with the construction project this summer. Park House raised QR55,000 through a sponsored marathon, while the rest was provided by companies and private donors. The faculty organisers hope that this is the beginning of a long-term partnership between the Indian charity school and Park House students. Funnell, a geography teacher relishes the opportunity to teach his students in Doha not only about different cultures, but also the realities of poverty. “Some children here just don’t know what poverty is at all.“It’s a useful thing for our school to teach our students about poverty, how other people live.”Last year Coomer and Diver raised QR65,000 for a Nepalese orphanage, and are amazed at this year’s fund-raising success. Anyone interested in the project, which starts on June 30, can track its progress at www.parkhouseinindia.blogspot.com. The ogranisers hope that this project will inspire other schools and organisations to launch their own initiatives.
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