For the past couple of weeks I've been volunteering with the Batemans Trust, which runs a school and boarding house in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu in Southern India.
The Batemans Trust reaches out to help young people who need extra help to make their way educationally in the world, helping them to grow and succeed, both personally and academically. By helping these children they not only support their progress but enable them to contribute to the success of their community.
Women's education is at the centre of so much that Batemans do. Too many girls in India are still missing out on vital years of schooling, especially in rural areas. Batemans works tirelessly to give these girls a home and a rounded, creative education. By combining skills training with education they can ensure girls learn skills that will bring prosperity to rural communities whilst providing them with financial and emotional independence.
I feel so lucky to have met these awesome kids who never fail to put a smile on my face. They're cheeky, crazy and full of joy. Their happiness is a constant reminder of all the amazing work done at Batemans.
Before I leave at the end of July I'd like to be able to raise some money to help keep the school going strong. Extra money means the possibility for more school trips and projects, as well as helping to cover basic necessities like food, books and uniforms. Every little donation is hugely appreciated!