Fifteen pupils from Rookwood School, Andover, spent their summer holidays making a life changing difference to a small Sri Lankan community when they joined forces with AidCamps International to build a pre-school in Sevenagala.
After two years of planning and fundraising the children raised in excess of their staggering £12,000 target, enough to ensure that the school could be built to a standard beyond all expectations.
Despite the intense heat and rudimentary equipment, the pupils still managed to complete the project on time, before handing the building over to the grateful Udawalawe community in an emotional ceremony.
The pupils, aged between 15 and 16, described the project as ‘life changing’, and many have already pledged to work with AidCamps International in the future.
Rookwood teachers Mrs Pat Speed and Mrs Lizzie Clarke credited the pupils for their “impressive tenacity”, and deemed them “an absolute credit to Rookwood School and their families “.