CONGRATULATIONS to the HEAL-funded ASNRAZPH school in Kanuru, Vijayawada, which was recently given the honour of hosting the ‘zonal games’ in their area.
The school, visited by the entire Cycle India party last month, was extremely proud to have been asked to stage the event involving 32 schools.
The games are held at a different school each year and Kanuru were pleased to report the 2012 event a complete success.
No fewer than 600 boys and 100 girls took part over five days of sporting competition, following an opening ceremony in which members of the UK cycling team were invited to cut a ribbon to open proceedings.
The HEAL children, in particular, stood out in their smart new t-shirts, donated by HEAL India’s Mrs Bhavani, who also recently provided the school with colourful poster boards to assist in science classes.
Kanuru enjoyed success in several of the sports, with the boys winning the badminton and finishing runners-up in ‘kho kho’, while the girls came out on top in volleyball.
The school gave the cyclists a rapturous welcome and staged a show for their guests, including singing, dancing and even a comedy sketch which was enjoyed both by the visitors and the watching younger children.
HEAL originally provided school uniforms to the children of Kanuru School before the introduction of a new government scheme which brought in free uniforms. However, HEAL was happy to supplement this by providing each child with a free pair of shoes as many of them were still walking to school barefoot.
The Anne Siva Nageswara Rao, Aruna, Zilla, Parishad High School, to give it its full name, already receives limited government funding, but HEAL was keen to help after being greatly impressed by the energy and hard work of the headmaster and his staff.
Since the summer of 2009, HEAL India has worked alongside the existing benefactor Mr Anne Siva Nageswara Rao, who started the school, to help improve facilities and educational standards.
HEAL is looking forward to continuing that assistance for the benefit of the hundreds of children at this school. And further education scholarships will ensure that school-leavers can go on to achieve their ambitions.
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