Seven Transition Year students in the Abbey CBS School, Tipperary are preparing to travel to the Providence School, Shillong, India, next November as part of the Abbey India Project. They follow in the footsteps of six previous groups who travelled every second year since 2000.
Liam Cunningham (Lattin), Pat Cussen (Donohill), Niall Enright (Brensha), Danny Franklin (Pallasgreen), Samuel Noonan (Bansha), Cormac OFlaherty (Tipp Town) and Neil Ryan (Ballynahow) will be accompanied on this immersion project by teachers Michael Leahy, Richard Walsh and David Quirke.
Every project group since 2000 adopts a motto to act as a focus for the nature of their activity. For 2012, it is, “There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. (Quote from Scott Adams.)
The Abbey India Project is founded on the vision of Edmund Rice – liberation and empowerment through education. Part of their long preparation involves study of the life and spirit of Edmund Rice, an awareness of Mother Teresa and her work (whose centres we will visit in Calcutta), acquiring an understanding of the Indian way of life and that of the Shillong area in particular and an understanding of the nature of Third World work. Providence is a school for marginalised children set up on the campus of St Edmund’s. These are the children of very poor migrant workers and resident on the edges of Shillong. They cannot afford the few rupees necessary for uniform and books etc in order to attend a free state school.