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The Tunnel by MesaidiWe work with the charity Facing the World who help children from around the world with facial disfigurements to access the very best surgery that can transform their faces and their quality of life. During this time they attend our hospital school as day pupils.

 These children and young adults often come with little or no English, or experience of education into a very different culture. However, joining in with the school activities is a very positive experience for them, and they soon pick up basic spoken and written English skills and the use of computers.The online translation comes in very handy! They also join with us on school trips to local museums etc. which is a relaxed way of socialising with our other pupils.

Previous pupils have included Arainto, Ali, Cissy, Khanh-Ngan, Hong-AnHuy, Mesaidi, Mohammad, Tomas, Triny, Tung and Nhan.

"Their transformation usually begins from their first full day at Chelsea Community Hospital School who provide an incredibly supportive and inclusive environment that helps to make these children realise that they are no different from anyone else."

Graham Banton
Director, Facing the World