The 2018 Winchester College expedition to Ladakh
Winchester College has a long association with The Lotus Flower Trust. Substantial amounts of money have been raised for the Trust's projects and the impact on the boys involved has been profound. The Trust raises money to build homes, schools and orphanages for poor children, whose parents often live on less than one dollar a day, and who live in the remote areas of India. The projects are chosen in conjunction with the local villagers. They are sustainable and have lasting benefit for the children, whose lives are changed for ever.
Building for the PAGIR Centre for Special Needs
PAGIR is set in the barren hillside close to the village of Saboo Ayu, a few miles east of Leh the capitol town of Ladakh. It was set up in 2007 by an extremely bright disabled Muslim man, confined to a wheelchair as he no use of his arms and legs. When the Trust first visited they had a small building used as an office and workshop, and two prefabricated buildings used for storage. In the Leh area there are 3,000 Special Needs adults and children and that arrangement was far from adequate.
As part of the cultural experiences offered to the Winchester College team of 2017, the boys and their teachers visited PAGIR. The exchange with the people here was extraordinary and all were visibly moved by the experience. The students almost bought out all the products made by the users of the centre.
The students were so moved by what they saw they themselves suggested the 2018 and 2019 teams should adopt PAGIR as a project: fundraising £65,000 over 2 years for the construction of hostel accommodation for residents, their families and volunteers to use. This year we start on this project.
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