Extec supports â€˜Hope and Faithâ€™ School
Thursday, July 19th, 2007
Pupils at an Indian school for the deaf and dumb are benefiting from new classroom equipment and a healthier future thanks to the support of Derbyshire-based Extec Screens and Crushers.
The slum area of the city of Nasik, in the Maharashtra province of India is a tough place to live and for many young people, education is seen as an escape route from poverty. However, the poverty itself has led to a lack of educational facilities along with a range of health problems in the community.
Schools are in a poor state of repair and lack basic amenities and there are virtually no facilities for those with special needs.
Extec has been active throughout India for the last seven years and Swapan Das, Head of Extecâ€™s India operation, together with Extecâ€™s Operations Director Ian English, came across the slum areas of Nasik during a business trip. They were saddened and shocked by what they saw but found a glimmer of hope when they came across a school for the deaf and dumb – right in the middle of the slum area.
Ian and Swapan spoke to the staff to find out what they could do to help the school and went back and discussed some ideas with Extecâ€™s customers. The customers were keen to help and unanimously agreed that instead of receiving gifts from Extec at Christmas, the equivalent money should be donated on their behalf to improve facilities at the school.
The initial Â£15,000 donation at the end of 2006 is backed by Extecâ€™s pledge to continue supporting the school to guarantee its survival.
Through Extecâ€™s support, pupils can now receive a proper education in a healthy working environment. Previously the children were forced to work in a tiny school building with poor ventilation and the most basic of amenities. Often classes were held without desks or chairs with children sitting in rows on the concrete floors. Now they have large rooms and tables designed specifically to offer an excellent working environment. In addition, all of the pupils receive free health checks through the school.
The school is proving to be an inspiration to the local community who have named it the â€˜Hope and Faithâ€™ school â€“ providing the care and education that these children need and giving them renewed hope for the future.