Not sure how many days I have been in India, it’s all a blur especially with the airline keeping my bag in Chicago instead of sending it with me to India. Then there was the monsoons in Mumbai and Valsad, the shopping for new threads, Starbucks and Coffee Day and the super nice suite at the Marriott Courtyard.
In the mountain region of Southern Gujarat I was able to dedicate a water project sponsored by 2 HS kids from Bonner Springs and they did various fundraisers at school as part of their Senior Project to raise money for Wells for Life. Enough funds were raised for 2 projects, 1 I dedicated and the other I plan on dedicating when I return in the Fall. After this dedication we drove back to the ASK campus, our partner in Gujarat, and dedicated the final bore well on their acreage. They are using the water for cultivation of crops, construction of different buildings on their property and as a source of drinking water for all those in the area.
Amazing work is being done by those involved with ASK; this is the same organization which will be launching a Mobile Medical Unit later on in the year and for which Wells for Life provided half of the funding for. In addition to their work in the mountain region they are running a hostel for college girls and have 17 presently I believe and so I got to spend time with them also which was a treat.
From Gujarat I traveled to Yellamanchilli where New Life Children’s Home is located and arrived a day late thanks to the rains in Valsad that snarled traffic and prevented us from making a timely departure. I did arrive at New Life in 1 piece, just a day late, but with my luggage as I was able to retrieve it in Mumbai before I caught my flight to VIsak which is about an hour’s drive from Yellamanchilli.
Today I dedicate a water project on the grounds of New Life which will be used for a Reverse Osmosis system which will filter the water and provide for an opportunity should it be chosen to sell the water to nearby places and make a small profit as a return on the investment. In addition to dedicating the new water project, the Directors of New Life have finally shifted their residence to New Life and several rooms have been remodeled to create a home for Raja and Neelima complete with a full size kitchen. They have really created a great space for themselves here and leaves me somewhat jealous.
Tomorrow I leave for Orissa; flight to the capital city then a train ride lasting around 3 hours or so. Once in Orissa I’ll take up 7 project dedications over the course of 2 days then make my way home. Seems like a long time ago that I left the US but I guess it hasn’t even been a week yet so there are still more days to go and work to be done.
Enjoying the trip and a trip highlight currently is my super dress, Indian clothes borrowed from a very fashion oriented man, my good friend and brother, Raja! Right now my dress is the talk of the place and maybe I’ll have to go shopping for something similar and wear it home on the plane. I think I would be quite the conversation piece; who is that white person wearing the shiny clothes and pencil cut jeans? Maybe I should wear dark sunglasses and dye my hair black and look like a famous Bollywood actor from Mumbai. Who knows?!!
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