It’s been pretty quiet here the last month, not much has happened, not much to report and things are just ticking along…….
Jack and Simon left the project having spent a month here, which absolutely flew by!
4 volunteers in and definitely starting to see the beginnings of a really great project here.
If you haven’t seen this video, this is a summary of the first 4 volunteer placements
A warm welcome to our next two volunteers,
Connor Williams and Elen Masson.
Whoop you’ll notice that the Vi-Ability t-shirts have now arrived too!
These two were straight into Indian life, spending as much time as possible with the hostel boys and taking the new pace of life and culture completely in their stride!
Even if they couldn’t control the weather!
Morning sport sessions start at 6.30am! Every morning Connor and Elen are teaching the boys new skills, sports, building their fitness and increasing their self-confidence.
Some alternative versions of traditional sports. Of course the expected ‘cheating’ happened but the kids absolutely love this game!
How many kids at home would be happy doing this on a gravelly hot piece of land!
And of course the cultural exchange is two way. Connor is definitely getting into this traditional Indian game. In fact he proudly told me today that his team won 47-16 points yesterday. Lets hope todays result was just as positive.
The volunteers have also introduced 10 minute meditation sessions at the end of the mornings sport sessions. Not an easy challenge with 80 boys but seems to be going down a treat!
Finally Elen has found her sports calling in life, frisbee!!
80 boys aged from 5-18 years old in one room trying to teach them English has got to be pretty challenging but I’ve honestly never seen 80 better behaved, enthusiastic kids!
Some of the more fun things; movie nights, ice-cream with a container that becomes a ball, aeroplanes, finger painting……
Last but not least, the introduction of dance night!
The spoken English classes to start with were a little challenging but with a bit of organisation they are now going really really well.
This is perhaps the biggest thing I’m happy about. All those months trying to get the equipment out of customs and now its finally here being used everyday.
BIG BIG thank you once again to Mithra for your time and patience in helping to get this here!!