Making education possible in India
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In early 2012, AMA Queensland Foundation and exclusive Brisbane girls' private school St Rita's College partnered an offshore project to improve the education and health of young Indian children: we bought a bus to transport 70 village children daily to and from a classroom established by Presentation Nuns in the Indian city of Chennai (once known as Madras).
While Chennai is a long way from Queensland, the Foundation board made this one-off decision, recognising the big and long-lasting difference a small contribution could make.
As St Rita's principal Dale Morrow explained, the Nano Nagle Playschool bus will enable some of the poorest of the poor to be taught and fed. With food in their bellies and the opportunity to learn, the children have a better chance of staying well, growing strong, getting educated and breaking out of the poverty cycle they were born into.