|Opening the project meeting at the EMI office in Delhi|
As our official opening meeting began, we received surprising and disturbing news from Matthew our team leader concerning the children's home that we were about work with.* It's copied here from an email he sent out later:
"On 29-Jan the Home received a notice from the government that all the children should be returned to their own homes, or if not then surrendered to a government children’s home in the district, followed by the closure of the Home by 15-February. This notice... came two days before their 25th Jubilee celebration...
|Starting in Delhi, we went North to Himachal Pradesh|
Yikes! Should we even go there? We began planning and praying, while yet waiting for a phone call to tell us if the project was still on. Whew - it was! From office, we went to the train station where, based on Indian train lore, I fully expected a two-hour delay and cars brimming over with humanity and chickens. Nope. The train was exactly on time, and the seats were super comfy and pre-assigned. Admittedly, this was first class. We played Dutch Blitz, ate Indian snackfood and talked about CS Lewis.
|Scheming in the rain?|
of time we spent discussing how to make various desserts.
|The amazing Hmuni and Suvarna!|
The next day we toured the premises in rain that would linger, but of course as a Seattlite I took these conditions in stride :)
|The current "small boys" dormitory - around 100 years old!|
|Work is always better with tea|
*The children's home is unnamed in this blog post, because of some the details I've included about their situation. They have a desire to cooperate with the government, but are trying to figure out the logistics to do so.
|White Pines at the edge of the Himlayas|