The UK Friends need Volunteers to assist with (1) obtaining grants from trusts and foundations, (2) maintaining our website, and (3) producing and distributing our ‘Friends Quarterly’ newsletter. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these tasks, please do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with a more detailed role description and answer any questions. There is a lot happening in Kolkata and we need to build our team quickly to adequately support the team there.
CRS is taking steps to train its key staff in us of the English language. This is both to give them greater confidence in communicating with the UK and Canadian ‘Friends’ and to enable the staff team to build the English capability of the slum teaching staff at an elementary level. In addition, practical classroom activities using both the Indian and English languages are to be started. Another benefit of this greater awareness of English is that it should empower the teachers to develop a better bonding with the children in their care and, over time, open the door to some children who are filtered into the mainstream schools becoming young professionals in the future.