I have a few weeks off before I start my next work role, more on that another time and in another place.
In the meantime I have the wonderful opportunity to make a trip to India with my dad, and other members of a group who help run the UK part of a charity, The Sylvia Wright Trust.
The Trust runs a school for deaf children, day centres for the disabled and a teaching hospital in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. I set off next Sunday 15th November and will be there for just a week.
This Wednesday I met Sylvia Wright, the Yorkshire lady who set it all up and still runs it after 34 years. That was a bit of an accident but a fortunate one. It made the trip a lot more real. While we just got to know each other a little, we also got into some of the practical realities of being deaf and poor in rural India. The years Sylvia has spent building medical and educational facilities are a humbling world away from my all too numerous high tech, air conditioned, business class experiences of the other India.
My intention is to use the trip raise the profile of the charity as best I can and connect it with other people who can support and sustain it in the future. While I am there I will post some snippets of what the Trust does and perhaps issue a blog post or two here if there is a story to tell.
To make myself useful I will be helping work out how their teachers can make the most of IT to create long term opportunities for the children, supporting the administration of the charity and playing cricket with the children in the annual India vs England match.
I will highlight specific projects as we go, though will doubtless be diverted by events on the ground. One that has had a really positive impact in recent times, and which serves as a small taste of the work that’s been done, has been the roll out of digital hearing aids to the school children run by an audiologist called Alice Alkins.
If you could spare a little time to follow and share this blog and generally socialise our little adventure to raise the profile of The Sylvia Wright Trust, I’d be very grateful.
The charity is sustained by a group of people in the UK who run the Trust, supported by a community of volunteers, schools, medical specialists and gap students who run projects and go to support the work in the school and hospital. In particular, if you can think of people at a time of life or just with skills and chutzpah who could get involved, then connect them to the Trust, that would be a powerful result.
Meanwhile, I’m headed off for a raft of inoculations and then on to the cricket nets.