After spending 11 days teaching, digging and learning, staff and students from the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village have returned from a life-changing trip in Uganda.
Four sixth form pupils, Bryony Magee, Becky Turner, Mary Sanderson and Sinead Miles, flew to the market town of Iganga where they delivered mosquito nets and beds to an orphanage.
The team, along with their teachers Sandra Kelly, head of Geography, and Debra Budd, teacher of religion and philosophy, also helped the Water for Kids charity to build a clean water source as well as deliver 200 wedding dresses, donated by Moya from Shop for Brides in Daventry, to an orphanage for hiring out.
Mrs Budd said: “The dresses will be rented out and create a sustainable income for the orphanage. We hope they will help them to run a business to make money for the orphans.”
Since returning to the UK the team said their attitude to life has changed having been overwhelmed with the happy reception they received from the children in Uganda.
Miss Turner said: “The first time we saw where the children slept I cried because they were so happy and then we saw the poor conditions they were sleeping in and it was such a shock for us.”
Miss Miles said: “At one school we gave the children a football and they were so pleased with it. They sung us their happy song as a thank you and it made us really emotional because they were happy with something so simple.”
Miss Turner agreed, adding: “It sounds clichéd but it has taught us that you don’t need to have loads of stuff to be happy and to appreciate things more – we hate seeing miserable faces now we are back.”