Passage to India for young helpers

Passage to India for young helpers

SIXTH-FORM students are giving up their summer holiday to care for Indian street children.

Six International Baccalaureate pupils from Impington Village College will jet off to Bangalore at the end of the month.

They will spend a month working for UN charity Peace Child India at a walk-in centre for deprived street children.

Fiona Swanson, head of international education at the college, said: "The girls will have finished their exams and they could have gone to sit on a beach in Majorca to relax but instead they wanted to do some voluntary work to help others."

The students, all aged 17 to 18, have raised money for the trip through a sponsored bike ride, cake baking and a car boot sale.

UNICEF figures show that India has the largest population of street children in the world and the students will work to create an art room for them to use.

Mrs Swanson added: "It is a fantastic opportunity for them to give something back."

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