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STOP International Project

Spring 2007

As part of the International Baccalaureate programme at Stanborough School, Watford, 11 students and three teachers planned a project involving the BESSO orphanage in India during 11-25 February 2007. The BESSO orphanage is sponsored by STOP International. Two students, Karen Cho and Neha Patel researched and designed murals suitable for a boy’s dormitory. These designs were taken to India and the team worked together carefully applying these onto the dormitory walls. The finished product added a sense of warmth and cheerfulness to this much needed orphan dwelling.

In order to pay for their travel to India, the IB students raised funds by participating in a 24 Hour sponsored badminton, a Gospel Concert, food sale, carol singing in ASDA Watford and Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London. Substantial funds were raised to supplement their costs.

After eight days of hard work, the building glowed in its pristine perfection in the bright Indian sunshine. The dormitory was dedicated then opened to viewing and it did not fail to impress. The spacious five bedroom accommodation with ensuite bathrooms painted in glorious magnolia and decorated artistically with beautiful murals was a sight to behold. As a touch of ownership each Stanborough volunteer left a painted silhouette of their hand on the stairwell wall with their name beside it. It was moving to watch the orphans, in what seemed to be a gesture of appreciation and bonding, touch each hand reading out the name under it.

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