Scoil Ruain students Avril White, Chloe Dempsey and Louise Carroll are pictured with Mrs. Siobhan Tobin and her sister Mrs. Fiona Downey
On Thursday 22nd March, three TY students from Scoil Ruain Killenaule headed off with The Hope Foundation’s Schools Immersion Programme to Kolkata India for a seven day trip to work with the children of the streets and slums in the city. The girls, Avril White, Chloe Dempsey and Louise Carroll along with Mrs. Siobhan Tobin and her sister Mrs. Fiona Downey had raised the funds for the trip outside of school time for the Hope Foundation. The trip was an amazing experience for all concerned. The emotional impact of both the poverty and the deprivation was immense. Kolkata, a city the size of Dublin, is home to over 17 million people, many of whom live in a state of dire poverty on a scale we here in Ireland cannot comprehend. This is the third year Scoil Ruáin has participated in the programme. The girls and their parents, the accompanying adult leaders and all in The Hope Foundation thank everyone who contributes to their fundraising in any way.