If you haven’t been following me there, then I encourage you to do so because quite often this is the best way for me to post how the trip is going and to show you via pictures the impact we’re making with clean water and some of our other initiatives were involved in.
We dedicated 4 water projects in the East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh, supporting and strengthening the efforts of our partners, NASA and SHEBA. Dr. Premdas is the Director and Founder of both organizations though the day to day operations for both are now in the hands of others. SHEBA is run by his daughter Neelima and son in law, Raja and it is through them that we are working in outreach to lepers, HIV/Aids people, vulnerable and at risk children along with community care centers and finally New Life Children’s Home which has 200 incredibly beautiful kids.
Our 5th water project we hoped to dedicate yesterday was still being drilled so we went by the site and spend a short time watching the incredible engineering feat of a drill at work going down in the ground and bringing up water. Amazingly enough this is only the 3rd time in 13 years that I have actually been present for the drilling of a project and I have to say, it’s pretty fun to watch!
For some villagers striking water is more exciting than hitting oil, though for us Westerners who take water for granted each day, an oil strike seems much more lucrative. In rural India it’s all about survival; living today free from bacterial illness which might be attributed to their current water source.
As foreigners, we have a lot to learn about life, its value and what really is important.
Today is Sunday and we have a lot of activities planned around the campus of New Life. Top floor dedication, a church service with the kids to attend, meeting and feeding of lepers and those suffering from HIV/Aids and maybe even squeeze in some volleyball with the 9th and 10th grade boys. Tonight there will be a cultural program put on by the children which I am sure will be nice and then the plan is to wake up early, grab some coffee and watch the Super Bowl via some Indian channel or stream it on the computer or my phone. At this point I’m not expecting a super-fast connection so it could be a less than ideal viewing experience, but we’ll see.
Monday I hope to see the village which the bore well was being drilled in yesterday and it could be that a dedication can still take place before I head to the airport in the afternoon. I’ll be in Trichy later in the day and Tuesday I have 6 projects to dedicate.
Tuesday night I head back to the airport for a flight back to Chennai. Grab a few hours of sleep at the Radisson then the long trip home. I hear there is snow and not really looking forward to leaving my wonderful India and her warm temperatures but I can’t stay longer or my family would cause a revolt.
I’ll be back in March and pick up where I have left off so until then, villages are waiting…. for their project, for their water. Help me end their waiting; $2,000 can do just that.