The winners of WOHAA 2013-14 have just returned from a fantastic trip to see the work of Wings of Hope in Chennai, India. The girls all aged 14 from three different schools have had a trip of a lifetime! Amy and Lauren are from Nonsuch High School for Girls, Natasha is from Greenacre School, and Deepika from Henrietta Barnet School.

The students were also hugely lucky to be invited to the residence of  British Deputy High Commissioner to Chennai!  Mr. Bharat Joshi and his wife very warmly welcomed all of them, and spent a lot of time finding out more about WOHAA and the dreams and passions of each one. Thank you Mr. Joshi!

The girls visited the school, SSSIE in Chennai, which is funded by Wings of Hope Children’s charity every day of the week. They had prepared lessons for children at this school from Lower Kindergarten all the way up to year 9 ! They taught subjects like Spanish, French, Russian, Maths, English, English songs, Drawing, storytelling and spoke
about Health and cleanliness issues.

They also spoke to the boys in the Senior classes about GCSE’s and Army cadets and about different career choices. They also taught the children at this school to play Netball. Lauren who plays Netball to a very high standard, spent time teaching them. She also gifted them a netball signed by the England Netball Team!

Amy, Natasha, Lauren and Deepika also had a chance to visit the second project supported by The Wings of Hope Children’s charity - the Slum Tuition project.

Rajni Sriram who accompanied them on this trip, took them to one of the slum areas in Perumbur, North Chennai, where they visited 5 different Tuition Centres. The children at these Centres, were eagerly waiting to see their visitors, and presented them with a rose each and some drawings as a sign of their appreciation.

"It was a very humbling experience and all of them came away feeling so blessed that we here in England are looked after so well at home by our families and go to such nice schools. The visit has taught us to appreciate what we have and share what we have with others less fortunate than ourselves."