Every day brings more unexpected surprises. Steve was off with Stewart to meet with several people. The first stop was AG Towers where Stewart has an office for his work with the drug addicts (see Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 blog entry-panoramic picture taken from the window in Stew’s office). Today He and his staff met with a mom and 2 of her 3 sons because this is the day they would go in to detox. It’s another sad story of drug addiction in Kolkata. The 3rd brother is the one who has been keeping the family going. He was the provider for his mother and 2 drug addicted brothers but that changed a very short time ago. The older brother suddenly died leaving his mother and 2 brothers to fend for themselves. Out of desperation the mother contacted Stewart and brought her 2 remaining sons into see him. The sons agreed to get cleaned up. It was a touching experience to hear the 2 sons request a visit to their brother’s grave before they go in. Stewart’s associates walked with the 2 brothers to the grave site, then back to the office to collect their bags and then escort them to the detox centre. They will be in the centre for approximately a year.
So we’ve reported several cases of drug addicts being sent to detox. What then? They come out of detox clean but will they go back? Sadly, that is often the case. Today, Steve sat with Stewart in the office of the local pastor. We talked about the potential of providing vocational training for people, when they come out of detox, in the media arts field. The pastor thought it was a tremendous idea explaining that the Indian people are by nature artistic plus India as a whole is moving forward technically. We’ll look forward to the next stage in this process.
Syl started her day on another shopping trip to New Market with Monique getting supplies for the jewellery business. It’s good to know that there are occasional opportunities to get away from training and manufacturing. It’s a heavy load and Sylvia has also felt the incredible responsibility that Monique faces with her friends of Kalighat. Later in the afternoon everyone was back at the house working on Jewellery. Steve and Stewart got involved by taking pictures of the jewellery for sale. This is a difficult task considering neither of them are photographers and neither are graphic artists but some of the pictures are included in this blog entry so you can decide for yourself. Right now, Sylvia is working on a cloth bag for packaging the jewellery. The goal is to make sure from start to finish each piece of jewellery is special and above average quality. They use real gem stones in the jewellery and they will package the pieces in colourful cloth bags. Each piece will identify which lady hand-made each piece of jewellery.
Well once again, it’s time for sleep. Have a good morning friends in Canada and if you are not in Canada, good day !