Bolton - Brazil trip has favela focus

11th June 2010 at 01:00

For many pupils, school trips merely involve a French exchange trip to Normandy or possibly two days in Germany for a history project.

But young people at one school in Bolton will be helping teenage drug addicts and refurbishing an orphanage in one of Brazil's poverty-stricken favelas.

Pupils from Canon Slade School have been given the chance to travel to the South American country to find out what life is like in its many shanty towns. The trip is possible thanks to links between a Bolton church congregation and Soa de Terres Ministries in Brazil.

Organiser Pastor Mike Ormrod told The Bolton News that the pupils would not be expecting luxury when they arrived.

"Most young people see Brazil as a vibrant country and think of Rio de Janeiro and other tourist sites," he said. "The group will visit these before heading east ... to Uberlandia, where they will see social projects such as orphanages and drug rehabilitation facilities which help people as young as 13 and 14 who are addicted to drugs such as cocaine. They will see shanty towns where there is no running water."

All pupils who wanted to join the trip had to raise #163;1,300 by staging events. RV.

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