Slumming it in Bangalore!

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Article as appeared in the Kirkintilloch Herald, written by Megan Duff.


Two fifth-year pupils from St Ninian's High School are gearing up for a life-changing adventure. Katie Mackenna and Emily Thomson will face exciting challenges this summer as they live in the most basic conditions in the Indian city of Bangalore for two weeks in June.


Accompanied by teachers Mary Docherty and Mary Kelly, the girls will experience a totally different culture and way of life compared to the one they are used to. Katie and Emily will be part of a group of pupils from schools all over Scotland who will be travelling to Bangalore as representatives of the Association of People with Disabilities (APD). The charity, funded by the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, was founded in 2002. Similar trips in recent years have been a great success, with former St Ninian's pupils and members of staff taking part. Katie (16) said: "I'm nervous, but really excited about the trip." The girls will work on various projects in India and will spend time at the APD school doing activities with the children and visiting a horticultural centre and the infamous Indian slums. They will stay in a hostel in the outskirts of Bangalore. St. Ninian's has supported the charity for a number of years, and Emily and Katie were chosen from more than 30 pupils who wanted to go on the trip.


PE teacher Mary Kelly has been heavily involved with the charity and gave up her summer holidays last year to help out at the centre in Bangalore. She said: "A visit to this region is a life-changing experience for all people that take part. Our experiences make us appreciate how fortunate we are with the facilities we have in the UK."