In the Beginning
Poynton High School has supported India Direct since early 2005, a direct response to the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. The school contributed £3000 as immediate relief, which helped to pay for land on which Joy Home was built.
Ryan Cooper, then a student in Aletta Ashmore’s Year 7 form , suggested sponsoring a child at Bethel to free up resources to help a child who had been affected by the Tsunami of 2004.
Form ACA started to sponsor Meena, continuing to support her for their whole time at PHS. When they reached Year 11, another student, Dan Clouston, suggested visiting her. The 2009 trip was life-changing for many of the group, both students and staff. We decided that this was an opportunity which we wanted to offer to a greater number of students, so in 2011 we set off again with a group of 16 new students plus 3 from the original group, including Ryan and Dan.
A third trip took place in July 2014, including some members of previous trips who wanted to go out and visit the children in India again.
Since the first trip
Aletta Ashmore and Helen Milligan were invited to become trustees of India Direct in 2010. Poynton High School has raised over £23,000 for India Direct which has provided:
– play parks and equipment for Bethel and Joy
– bunk beds and storage cupboards for Joy Home.
– all the school expenses for the Bethel and Joy children for a year, including fees, books and uniforms.
– funding to help finance the running of the homes.
Members of PHS staff, groups of students within the school and students who have visited Bethel and Joy have taken on personal long term sponsorship of children in the homes.