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33 degrees in Kolkata, -7 in Beaverton

Friday, March 4th, 2011

It’s morning in Kolkata.  We expect the temperature to reach 33 degrees Celsius today, a hot day if this were Toronto.  This is a normal March day here.

Yesterday was a hectic day.    The day started with breakfast with the Children at the children’s home.  These are rescued children from the train stations who are provided with a loving home and brothers and sisters.  The Children’s home is immaculately clean, the water is clean and filtered and the food is wonderful having been prepared in a modern (for India)and clean kitchen.  Sylvia found herself playing with the kids while Steve recorded pictures and video.   The time was spent playing and finger painting.  The children had a great time learning to paint with their fingers and showed some incredible artistry.

Finger painting

breakfast

puree-Stew and Steve are making it a habit

Hugs for everyone

Candy Handout

Train Station Bubbles

The next stop was the Howrah train station where the feeding program is provided for the street children.  The children had a great time blowing bubbles and just simply playing in the safe environment provided for them there.  We were able to leave all sorts of gifts for the children and for children that were not there that day.

After visiting the train station, Sylvia headed back to work with Monique while Steve went back to the church where he conducted training 2 days earlier.  He met with Cliffy F, their technical director, to discuss improvements to their facility in order to prepare for the potential vocational training program.  They would need to acquire everything from computers through video cameras and sound systems and don’t forget some sort of classroom facility.  After all, media covers everything from the written word to film and everything in between.  It will take a miracle for this to come together.  However, if it’s only a miracle, I know where that could come from.

The ladies have continued to work on Jewellery and most of the start-up designs have been completed so it is now to manufacture the jewellery.  It won’t be long until there will be stock for sale.  Well that’s it for now.

One Response to “33 degrees in Kolkata, -7 in Beaverton”

  1. Joy says:

    Love the pix! The pouri is making me hungry – I will have to make some for dinner tonite, won’t be the same though. It is so cool to see the children’s home up and running with kids who are smiling – are those two girls in white t-shirts twins? You can just about hear the laughter in the treasured memories being gathered.

    Send some hugs to the kids and women for me too…
    Thinking of you
    Joy

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