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 May 2014 - Darjeeling Railway Community Support

David Mead returned from India in March after leading a three week tour on behalf of Steam Railway Magazine. The group consisted of 31 steam enthusiasts, plus David, who was accompanied by Val as his ‘assistant’ Tour Leader.

It was a fairly hectic schedule, leaving little time for us to visit our DRCS Projects. However, along with some members of our tour party, we stopped on our journey down the Hill from Tindharia in order to meet the children and staff at our most recent school, situated near Rangtong. Though we were late, due to problems with the train, the children had stayed behind and were really excited to meet us and were treated to a display of Nepalese dancing, provided by two girls and a boy, proudly resplendent in their local costume.

Rangtong primary school has 18 pupils and three members of staff. The classroom had colourful posters on the wall of flowers, animals, the alphabet, and well constructed desks for the children. The teachers told us that they do not have any electricity connected to the school and asked if DRCS could help at all.

Following a discussion with Vivek Baid of the India DHR Support Group and generous donations from members of the tour party this should be happening soon! (Our thanks to all concerned)

Our brief visit to Darjeeling gave us the chance to meet with Rhada Karky, who is the administrator at Hayden Hall, and Fr John Kennedy. We were able to discuss first-hand how the DRCS can help with the invaluable work they do in the Darjeeling area for people in need and review progress of our current projects.

David Mead and David Barrie give illustrated talks about the Darjeeling Railway and DRCS for a donation to the Charity (plus mileage). However, if you live some distance away we are now able to send you a CD with photos – and a script to go with them! It has been tried and tested with success by a DHRS member from York who reports that the result

was enjoyed by his group. Just contact us with your details and we will do the rest!

           Rangtong primary school                         Rhada Karky, administrator at Hayden Hall, and Fr John Kennedy