Some of my friends are curious about my life here.On reflection perhaps that is a bit of a lie, most of them are not really interested, some are appalled I live here, but there is a small group who are engaged and curious and it is up to me to welcome them here when they visit, make them feel at home but also give them the reality of India which is not confined to going from one five star hotel to another. The beauty of the country of course is not to be forgotten but that will form the subject of another blog.
My starting point therefore for all visiting friends is Salaam Baalak Trust - the NGO that I have decided to support and fundraise for and which has been such an important part of my life here. So recently when a group of friends were visiting literally from across the globe it was heartening to see how they too felt its good work and how with some support and education the lives of these abandoned and often forgotten children can be turned around. I therefore want to share those moments with you all.
At Ashra the holding centre of the trust in Paharganj making puzzles and playing games with them.
From an earlier visit when the weather was warming up and they were all on the roof painting with the help of volunteers from Main Tendue
With some of the girls in Arushi Home