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In October 2011 students and teachers from Redhouse Academy travelled from Sunderland to Ghana to complete the construction project in the village of Lume Ge. Following 2 weeks of building, the completed 4 classroom block was presented to the community, and the school group enjoyed a weekend at the beach before heading back to the UK.
In Summer 2011 Barrow Sixth Form and Ulverston High School went to Ghana and worked hard on the first phase of a project to refurbish a very old four classroom block in the village of Lume Ge. The old building was in a very bad state. It had no plaster or paint, a rusty and leaking roof, no steps into the classrooms and large holes in the classroom floors. Following completion of this project, two classrooms are used as a Kindergarten, one as a library and the final room as an ITC classroom.
In 2010 Barrow sixth Form and Ulverston High School went out with Madventurer to work on a project in a small village outside the world heritage town of Mamallapuram in the south of India. Madventurer, partnering with an NGO in a small village called Vayallor just outside the world heritage town of Mamallapuram near Chennai. In this area widows struggle massively with issues of self worth after the death of their husband, the extended family feel like they have shamed and bought bad luck upon the family and are often forced out of their homes with no jobs, no means to make money to eat or feed their children and their lives slowly fold into lives of debt, forced dependency and obligation to family and friends. We are working with these women on a rehabilitation centre which has a vision to educate and empower these young women, teach them skills through tailoring projects, farming of spices and education for their children for a better life for themselves.
Check out more details on the groups trip on the link below taken from The Hindu online newspaper, Life and Style Society on 31st of July 2010