Zambezi living for charitable pupils

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A GROUP of fifth years from Belmont House school are off to Zambia on Sunday for the trip of a lifetime.

There, they where they will stay with the locals and help to build houses for them.

The purpose of the project is to give pupils first-hand experience of just how harsh conditions can be in some parts of the world.

The 10-strong group — Ryan Gallacher, Jonathan McLeish, Richard Winton, Andrew MacMillan, Bryan Malley, Katie Agnew, Jennifer Regan, Victoria Wandsworth, Stewart Henderson and Shannon Carr — have financed the trip themselves.

They did this through events such as race nights, dances and supermarket bag-packing over recent months.

The teens will now have to manage their group budget while in Zambia and buy their own provisions for the period they spend living with the villagers of Mwandi.

They will be expected to make repairs to infrastructure that was destroyed by floods, care for elderly villagers and orphans. They will also help teachers educate the local children.

After a week in Mwandi, the group will take part in activities, including a boat trip down the Zambezi River.