Welcome to St Joan's Udayan Mission 2017 website

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the St Joan of Arc Udayan Mission 2017 website, following our visit to India back in February 2017. Udayan has been a whole school charity for St Joan’s since 2004 and the 2017 mission was the seventh trip students from the school have made to visit Udayan. We hope you’ll enjoy reading of our trip and visit to Udayan through our daily diary written by us, the students, along with photographs.

The group included 8 students (Francesca Davies, Katherine Gallagher, Sian Hows, Isabella McGowan, Natasha Neal, Holly O’Donovan, Ethan O’Mara, James Shorne), Mrs Weldon – a trustee of City of Joy Aid, UK, Liam Lynch and former student and trustee – Chris Mann.

Meet the team and read their bios by clicking on the individual’s picture below:

Find out more about the journey.

Latest entries from the India 2017 Diary:

Our last night in India

Our last night in India

15 February 2017 | Read full article and comments

Today is our last day in India before the long journey home tomorrow. We visited the Asha Bhavan Centre which is an excellent home and school for children that have special needs. Here we got taken on a tour which allowed us the opportunity to see the fantastic facilities that are on offer and for us to go into lessons and interact with the children, who were extremely happy to spend time with us. We also visited their on-site craft shop where many members of the group purchased beautiful handmade gifts such as photo frames and pen pots. Sukeshi, the founder of the ABC started her life in poverty and was helped by Brother Gaston to build a new life. Sukeshi used her opportunities to build the ABC into something really special.

Farewells at Udayan

Farewells at Udayan

14 February 2017 | Read full article and comments

It was an emotional farewell to Udayan today, particularly, with the girls in 12 Class (Pratima and Rosalie) as these girls won’t be around for the next visit of St Joan’s to Udayan. Both these girls will return home to study nursing at college if their higher exams (taken at 18) are good enough.

Fiesta at Udayan

Fiesta at Udayan

13 February 2017 | Read full article and comments

Today was our last full day at Udayan and we had the opportunity to travel by bus with the Wesleyiane School students. On our return we were shown the administrative side of Udayan including the doctors office, dispensary, library, stores and computer room. We then had the chance to practice our dances for the evening programme of entertainment.

Previous Trips

Click on the images below to read the blog from each of the previous trips