"It is very pathetic that some children lost their parents and near and dear in natural calamities, while a few were abandoned due to infection of AIDS/HIV" said students

Students of University College of Dublin (UCD), Volunteers Overseas, Ireland, shared fun and joy with the inmates of Care and Share Charitable Trust at their home.

When a reporter of this paper visited the Care and Share campus in the village, the students were seen dancing, jumping and playing with the poor and orphan children on Friday.

The students, who were on a month-long study tour to India, understood the lifestyles of hundreds of orphans in the home. They learnt about the role of Non-Governmental Organisations in taking care of the deprived children in the society.

“It is very pathetic that some children lost their parents and near and dear in natural calamities, while a few were abandoned due to infection of AIDS/HIV,” said the students who were pursuing different courses in the university.

“The children are very active and have become friendly with us. We spent about 30 days in the home and attended a few get-togethers with them,” said the UCD Volunteers Overseas Manager Caroline O `Connor, who headed the team to Vijayawada.

A bachelor in Psychology student, Paul O `Sullivan thanked the Care and Share management for providing good hospitality for the team members on their campus.

“The food is very spicy and the trust management arranged special diet for us. But, the Indian food is very tasty,” said a nursing student Sorcha O `Brien.

“I am very happy to spend time with the Irish students at our home. We sang songs, played games and enjoyed with the brothers and sisters.

I request them to visit us once again,” said Saritha, an inmate of the home.

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