The biggest reason we went to India was to meet with our contact and find out how we can help him with the school he’s starting in a remote village. The village was 4-5 hours from where we were staying and a good hour and a half (on a one lane, bumpy, half paved mountain road) from the nearest small town.
This made for the bumpiest, scariest ride of my life. Especially when it was night. It’s a miracle we didn’t die. No really.
Scary ride, but really pretty views.
The village is in the middle of a valley. They actually have some electricity, which surprised me but everything is very basic.
The biggest problem in this village and those around it is the water. It’s not safe to drink but since it’s all they have they’re slowly being poisoned by it.
The best part was, of course, meeting the kids.
This is in front of the school with most of the children who attend. Aren’t they sweet in their little uniforms?
No pencils, no books, no desks. Just a tiny room, some chalk and eager minds, willing to learn whatever was being taught.
Our contact didn’t really tell us what to expect before hand. We got there, he introduced us to them and basically said to entertain them for awhile. And left. We had no plan whatsoever. Kind of way scary. I made it work though by teaching them several different songs, games and telling them a couple stories.
Can you guess what song I was teaching them in this picture?
They seemed to have a good time. And I? Fell in love. How could I not?
There’s so much to be done still. We’ll post more about the specifics of the project on HelpSend.us in the near future.