Two sixth formers gave members of Rotary Club Grantham Kesteven a vivid account of their experiences on a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.
Eleanor Clark and Jessica Ginnelly, from Kesteven Grantham Girls’ School, travelled widely in both countries, meeting local people, sharing their food and helping with community projects.
In Vietnam, they explored the underground tunnels and villages used by the Viet Cong during war with America and spoke movingly of their visit to the Killing Fields of Cambodia where over one million people were executed during the country’s civil war.
The girls told Rotarians their overwhelming impression of both countries was that the people wanted to put the past behind them.
Eleanor and Jessica felt their experiences had broadened their horizons and boosted their self-confidence.
Their adventure was organised by school travel specialists World Challenge, and partly sponsored by Youth Trust Grantham.
Eleanor, left, and Jessica are pictured with Rotarian Tony Griffin.
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven along with other clubs in our region has been busy organising a shoebox scheme.
This allows schools, colleges, companies and individuals to provide gifts to children and adults living in poor countries.
Rotary shoe boxes are sent out all through the year as well as at Christmas.
Local newspapers such as the Journal provide facilities for the storage, collection and distribution of the boxes.
So far over 1,000 boxes have been filled and will soon be on their way to Kiev in Ukraine.