Sunday, 14 February 2010


Most of us had a good nights sleep, despite being woken up by the call of a temple at 5am

As Chris and Julie said, we were invited into some of the homes of those that we had met earlier. The lanes in the slums were like a maze; the alleys were dark and narrow, each lane has about 40 homes, each home consisting of a single room, each room is no bigger than 8' square with 6 to 8 people living in each room..they eat, sleep, cook, wash and live in this one room. Everywhere there was activity, children playing in the lanes with sewers running down either side, women washing clothes on the roof whilst men worked in tiny work rooms. Our guides consisted of some of the women and children we had met, one women was a 'bare foot doctor' - a woman who has been through three months training in basic health by Asha, they cover 200 to 300 households each, helping to solve basic health problems and are the focal point for reaching every home. She introduced us to some of her patients; one was a lady going through her first pregnancy and another was a family who had a father suffering from TB, with a disabled child that was malnourished. We were shown the Asha cards used by the lane nurse to monitor both patients. In the case of the child it was so sad to see how the childs weight was very low, with limited opportunity for the weight to increase whilst the father was unable to work, due to TB. These two cases seemed to illustrate both the great work of Asha and the immense need for what is being done.

In another house, we met a family with one daughter at college. She needed to be able to study at home but with so many people in the one room house and all the comings and going of so many people, they had erected a small plastic covering on the roof under which she could study.
After saying goodbye to the Asha team, we went shopping in a local market to buy traditional Indian clothes. The girls spent ages making decisions - there were so many choices as well as rich and beautiful colours...where as the boys were finished within minutes, allowing them to then buy a second outfit with a lot of bling..... we will all be wearing some stunning outfits when we return. We returned to the YWCA and ate in, as after a very busy day we were all very tired.

Today we went on a tour around Delhi visiting some of the great sites, ably led by our wonderful guide Amanda. Although we do not drive far, everywhere takes a long time to get to as we negotiate the miriade of cars, lorries, bicycles, pedestrians, tuk-tuks and motorbikes. We have started to count how many people we can see on a single tuk-tuk or motorbike - so far we the record is 5 on a motorbike and 7 in a tuk-tuk.

Our first stop was at the Presidents Residence and the sectretariate. As we walked down the Rajpath (the Indian equivalent of The Mall) towards India Gate we nearly lost Jez as he was diverted by one of the many casual cricket matches in progress on the roadside. Yes, he did go and join in for a very brief over. Once we arrived at India Gate and joined the throng of very colourful people looking at the monument we bumped in to Geni Corbett and her friend Claire, who are out here working in another slum with Asha. The day was concluded by a visit to a beautiful garden and tomb where we had time to relax in advance of tomorrow

Helen & Chris


  1. Hi Delhi team - greetings from chilly St. Stephen's. Glad you have managed to decide on choice of clothing; thought you ladies might be in the market for several days.
    After your trip around the magnificent buildings of Delhi and seeing some of the extraordinary number of games of cricket played on Sundays, we will be praying for your protection as you get down to work in Seelampur. Andy Walton said last evening at the 7.00 pm service that your trip brought back memories of perhaps the most life changing trip of his life and I echo that. Wish we could be with you all. Trust that God's grace is sufficient for you all. Love Anita xx

  2. Tried to post a comment to you guys earlier today but for some reason it didn't seem to go !! so, if you have already read this - apologies!! Just wanted to say how good it is to be able picture what you are all up to and thank you for taking the time to do the blog! Am praying that God will multiply your 'loaves and fishes' as you work today and that his glory will shine brightly through you all - love Debs :)

  3. Hi from Sally, just testing this as had problems sending messages.
    More soon if this works.
    Love Sally x

  4. Goodness this is complicated to a technophobe like me! I was sitting searching Facebook for your Blog and wondering what you were all doing until Ken kindly told me it was here on the Church site! Now catching up with all the missed info you have posted. Great photos. Glad Jez is getting some cricket practice.
    Love and prayers to you all, thanks for all the interesting and challenging news.
    Sally x

  5. Am I right in thinking that you are 5 hours ahead, as I find myself thinking about you all at various points each day and pray over what you might be doing. Amanda, I hope that you are getting a full night's sleep and that the whole team are well. God bless you. May your presence touch the lives of many in Seelampur. Be prepared to be more on the receiving end than giving, though. We have so much to learn from our materially poor neighbours -about community and supporting one another - a theme which Richard Gordon Smith spoke very powerfully about at church on Sunday. Sending you all lots of love


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