In addition to growing a vegetable nursery, week two was a great opportunity to conduct awareness raising sessions. The first session focused on career opportunities for young people. By listening to stories, sharing future goals, writing down skills and strengths on a ‘mini-me’ drawing, we tried to encourage and inspire them to pursue their aspirations. The second session focused on alcohol abuse. From the surveys we filled out in week one, we found that excess consumption was an issue here. To tackle this problem, Matt and Chelsea counseled the children on the effects alcohol can have in the hope of reducing consumption in the future.
Working with children became a bit of a theme of our second week in Shikharjung. On Friday afternoon, we went litter picking with some of the younger classes at the local school. It was great to see how eager they were to help clean up the area. Armed with old rice sacks and the opportunity to win some chocolates, each class joined us to collect as much rubbish as possible. In less than half an hour, we had filled every sack that we brought with us and the area around the school was looking noticeably tidier. It was an incredible week for Shikharjung and we hope the next week will bring more success to our story.
Written by Ciara,