To celebrate the Prince of Wales’ 65th birthday next week, a group of school children baked him a birthday cake. Prince Charles appeared to be moved when the students unveiled the Black forest gateau complete with the number 65.
The Royal couple will be travelling to Colombo, Sri Lanka on his birthday next Thursday to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, where Charles will represent Her Majesty.
Visiting Katha School in Govindpuri, which is located in one of India’s poorest areas, the Prince received his birthday cake and a card from trainee Chefs of the school to celebrate the milestone.
The school is located in an area where most of the 200,000 residents live in one room homes, near dangerous electric cables throughout and open sewers. The average labourer earns less than £60 a month to live on.
The school was created by Geeta Dharmarajan who felt something needed to be done to change the horrible living situation for the residents of the area.
“When Geeta started, Families were not willing to send their children to school. Their mothers weren’t in control. The fathers wanted the children to become servants. She focused on the mothers to give them income so they could fend off the alcoholic fathers,” Board member, Arun Seth commented in The Telegraph. The scope of the school was to teach cookery skills and jewelry-making so that women “could earn enough money to stand up to their husbands.” Of the 1300 students, 56 percent later attend university.
Chef Ram Kumar baked Charles’ birthday cake and is considered one of Katha School’s success stories. After attending courses, Kumar was able to become a chef at a Delhi restaurant and moved away from the slums and poverty of Govindpuri.
Charles commented on how he was “very impressed” with the school and how it has helped those to better themselves.
Whilst visiting Katha School, The Duchess of Cornwall popped into workshops for seamstress trainees and designers whilst Charles joined in a children’s computer skills class.