India Day of the Salvator School 2019
a very cool, grey day, which started with extremely heavy rain, which didn't stop - not nice, but nothing so special; however, this morning the sponsor run for our partner schools in India should take place. Fortunately, the weather hardly affected the good mood of the students, who walked at 8.30 a.m. on the 1.1 km long route. Despite the wetness many of them did not only run the five compulsory laps, but up to 27 laps! Congratulations to class 7c, which ran the most laps with an average of 11.5 and won a hiking day. Jakob Tete from class 7c set the lap record with 27 laps - more than a half marathon! Just behind were Jacob Matthis Schäfer (7c, 22 laps), Johannes Grebing (7s) and Tom Lewing (7b) with 21 laps each. All participants ran more than 1400 km, which is the distance from Berlin to Rome!
Many other students worked in the morning and donated their money to GIPP.
From 6 p.m. the canteen slowly filled up, where Mr. Heise and Leevke Hellebrandt, who had taken part in the last trip to India as a pupil, reported about the three partner schools and the partner community and the impressive encounters with the Indian pupils and their families. Further impressions from India were given by a film with impressions from India and a message of greeting from a student from Nagaon who was in Berlin last year with his classmates, teachers, fathers and sisters and who was very impressed by his stay in his host family.
About 150 guests enjoyed Indian soups cooked by Mrs. Fußmann and Mrs. Schmidt with students of the 10S and the excellent music contributions of Annelou Mandrysch and her trio for classical guitar as well as of the spontaneously founded duo Annelou and David Hein.
We hope that through the efforts of so many people involved we will be able to reach our donation target of 10,000 euros. Please transfer all donations to the GIPP account (see below for account details)! We will inform you about the donations soon.
GIPP e.V. IBAN DE95 370601936020090012
We are very happy that we have reached the donation goal "loosely":
11.400 € (end of June)
This is pretty much exactly the amount we transferred to Christ Jyoti School this year for 25 scholarship holders.
Many thanks to all students for their commitment!
Five busy visiting days in Berlin - this is what three Fathers, two Sisters, three teachers and four students from India experienced in Berlin and at our school. The group came from the three schools in Assam, which we have been supporting for several years in different ways: From Christ Jyoti School in Nagaon and the school in Laitkynsew, where GIPP provides scholarships for 50 children to attend school, and from the School for the Blind in Guwahati, which is supported through donations and the payment for teachers. What was special with this visit: The guests were privately accommodated by families of the Salvator School, they shared their everyday lives for a few days and thus had much opportunity for conversations and for getting to know both cultures.
Sightseeing was part of the programme of the Indian group, but they also attended classes at the Salvator School, where they talked to various groups of students about their lives in India. There was a church service in Maria Gnaden, meetings with members of the parish and a visit to Archbishop Dr Heiner Koch. All in all a very intensive time for all those involved, which brought us closer to the goal of GIPP to not only donate money but to enable a deeper understanding for each other. We say thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this exchange - in particular to the host families who accommodated Indian guests and have created unforgettable experiences and impressions! (B.P.)
A day for India
About two weeks after the “Day for India” at the Catholic Salvator School to support our school partnerships in India it is time to take a look at the results so far.
Many sponsors of students participating in the charity run and many of those who worked during this day have already transferred the money so that up to now GIPP has received more than 3500 Euros, more 1000 of which were collected at the party in the evening.
The day started off as a perfect spring day, many laps were run, the fittest students ran six or even seven laps! Other students worked for India outside the school or cooked Indian food. Shortly before the evening event in our cafeteria, the big thunderstorm with extremely heavy rains started. Thanks to our team of technicians we managed to move the big tent for the different music groups to the terrace so that we could still enjoy all the musical contributions in the cafeteria. The buffet was also taken care of: All the students, who had cooked something at home, brought various dishes - soups, curries, bread, desserts - a colourful buffet which made us forget the bad weather a bit…
We would like to thank everybody who contributed to making this evening such a success: all the musicians, the technicians for working non-stop during the whole day, student council for their organisation of the day and the service in the evening, all those who worked in the morning to earn money for India, all the cooks and all the runners for each lap they ran!
You can read the annual report 2017 here.