Thursday, 27 October 2016

A day of extremes

Usual breakfast of toast, and  porridge with idly as the Indian choice - delicious!  Then drove to Jeeva Naga a different slum which Amanda and Tommy had been to last year.

Great welcome then sat down to hear from all the children and students. They told us about how they were passing on information they learnt about diseases such as TB to people living in their lanes and how they were learning about ASHA values such as gratitude and putting them into practice.  The students spoke about how by being part of ASHA from a young age, they had been encouraged to study and do well at school so that they were able to go to Delhi university. So inspiring! And also they were now mentoring children in the slum to encourage them to achieve what they had done.

Then we went to afternoon tea at the British High Commisioner and his wife with some other teams of sixth formers from Northern Ireland. It was all rather posh in a huge house with a massive garden - including monkeys!  We were served lovely cakes, biscuits, cheese straws, proper tea, juice and a Bhaji type thing.  But the highlight for some was to find the signatures of William and Kate in the guest book as they had stayed earlier in the year.  So a bit of a contrast to the morning!

After that we fitted in some shopping before ending back at the YWCA for more food !

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