The school room at the pre-school in the rural region of Krishna Nagar close to Kolkata in West Bengal India under construction. It was paid for by donations from the students of Anne McClymont Elementary School in Kelowna. —Image: contributed

Kelowna students fund school room in India

Anne McClymont Elementary students sell homemade candles and soap to help children half a world away

When students of a Kelowna elementary school return to class next week, they’ll get some good news.

Thanks to their fundraising efforts, a school room at a pre-school in a poor part of India has now been built.

The students raised $2,500 for the school room in the rural region of Krishna Nagar close to Kolkata in West Bengal.

And to mark the fundraising effort by the Kelowna students, a plaque has gone up on the wall the new building recognizing their efforts.

The sign reads: “The building of this room was funded by students of Anne McClymont Elementary School Kelowna,British Columbia Canada.”

The pre-school in India also serves as a day care for children of the working poor.

The money raised by the Kelowna students came from the sale of soaps and candles that the students made. It was forwarded to India through the Okanagan-based group East Meets West Children’s Foundation.

Foundation board chairwoman Mohini Singh said the expansion will make room for 10 more children who will have a safe place to be while their parents are at work.

“At the pre-school, called Bara Anduliya, the kids are fed and get a basic education,” said Singh.

Anne McClymont vice-principal Jasmeet Virk said the local students will be happy to see that their efforts to help other children half way around the world has paid off.

“It will be gratifying for our students to see how their fundraising efforts are making a difference in the lives of other children,” said Virk.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


The plaque on the wall of the new school room crediting the Anne McClymont students for their fundraising efforts. —Image: contributed

Just Posted

UBCO Heat teams unable to secure any wins against Mount Royal Cougars

The mens and womens volleyball and basketball teams went 0-4, but all have rematches Saturday night

Kelowna’s definitive Christmas market list

We’ve prepared a list of every market in the Central Okanagan

Your guide to winter light ups around the Okanagan

From Vernon to Summerland, with a stop in Kelowna, we’ve found some activities for you to enjoy

Rockets held scoreless in loss against Red Deer

Rockets will look for some points in final game of road trip against Edmonton

New maintenance crew to look after Okanagan Connector

Acciona Infrastructure Maintenance Inc. will replace Argo Road Maintenance Inc. in 2019

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

Most Read