The last SMUS Service Day in June raised around $1200 for the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Bangalore, India, which Middle School student Trenton Schulz-Franco delivered in person this summer. Trenton travelled to India with his parents to present $6000, the rest of which came from his family’s fundraising.
“The money will go to wages, necessities, food, clothing – everything,” says Trenton. During his tour of the orphanage, Trenton saw nuns as well as volunteers, who were distinguished by their lack of habits. He describes the orphanage as quite small, with around 50 children during his visit.
Trenton spent almost four weeks in India, visiting relatives, shopping and taking in local attractions such as the zoo. “I personally had always wanted to do something that made a contribution to one of the many communities, but thought that it would be too tough to organize.”
He might return to India as early as January for a relative’s wedding, which he’s excited about. The country itself seems to have made an overall good impression on the Grade 7 student. “I like big cities with lots of people,” he says.
Upon his return, Trenton thanked the Middle School students and staff who donated money. “I want to again thank you because this trip was so close to my heart and I really thought that it would make a difference.”