A group of 16 staff, students and recent graduates from Leeds Metropolitan University visited to Ahmednagar to volunteer at Snehalaya’s various projects like Balbhavan (a project for slum development), Snehankur Adoption Centre, Snehalayas rehab. Centre for children of victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking and HIV/AIDS affected women and children for two weeks. Most of the volunteers have traveled from Leeds, in the North England but one member of staff was from South Asia Office in Delhi. The volunteers come from a range of different courses and areas within the university; but all had the same mission- they wanted to help, teach and inspire the children there at each of the projects.
The volunteers were using their varied skills and background to take part in a range of activities, including teaching English and Maths, computer studies sports and dance, making arts and crafts with the children and caring babies.
Charlotter Porter, team leader, comments “Everyone feels very privileged to be working within these remarkable projects amongst such dedicated and passionate staff. The children are a real joy to be around- they have so much to give. This has been an enriching, rewarding and for some a life changing experience and one which we will not forget.
Leeds Metropolitan University will continue to support the projects and hopes to send volunteers over to Ahmednagar each year.
The children involved whole heartedly in the activities and programmes organized by the volunteers.