AGS visit House charity in Myanmar

At their Charity Fundraising Gala in the Michaelmas term, AGS raised a massive £8,000 for its House charity, Hope Asia and the Hosanna Children’s Home which they support in Yangon. The biennial AGS House trip to Myanmar gave girls and staff the opportunity to meet the children that their fundraising efforts are helping and to see the sights of this beautiful country. 

19 August 2019

Their first port of call on the AGS House trip to Myanmar was the Hosanna Children’s Home where the girls immersed themselves in playing games with the children, decorating t-shirts, taking the children swimming and helping to decorate the classrooms. Over the past seven years, Hope Asia has raised money to fund the construction of proper buildings to accommodate 40 children who have either been orphaned or whose parents are unable to give them a home and who were living in temporary bamboo structures. The children’s lives have been totally transformed now that they have a safe home, go to school regularly and have access to healthcare.

The girls enjoyed a fantastic boat ride on Inle Lake to see the many wonderful sights and visited the hot springs which was a relaxing treat before the flight to beautiful Bagan. They went on a trip to Mount Popa via a pagoda and stopped at a factory to learn how palm sugar is made along the way before taking a sunset trip along the river, visiting the Arnanda and Manuha Temples topping the trip off by attending a local concert celebrating Bagan’s success this week at being granted the status of a UNESCO Heritage Site. 

After a 20-hour overnight train journey back to Yangon with some spectacular views along the route, the girls visited the Karaweik Palace for their final supper in Myanmar and enjoyed music, dancing and a cultural performance show. 

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