Serving lunch at the Orphanage
Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
10Trip End Nov 27, 2011
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The orphanage was started some time ago by a woman you'll see in the pictures who was an orphan herself. Regretfully she does not speak English but her love and care for about 30 children was obvious - no words needed. All food comes from donations - the government does not back such homes. The Retreat brings food 2 - 3 times per week,dessert included :) and will supply other food if donations are scarce.
As the pictures will show, life in the orphanage is awfully basic by our standards
They sleep in the rooms you see in these pictures. The girls will often stay until they are 21 or so, marriage age - there is a shortage of females in India so they do "ok". The boys usually leave earlier to work.
The somewhat comforting news in this story is that a guest from Shreyas supplied $40,000 to help them build a good orphanage - a couple of pictures show it. All contents were donated, often from guests from here. Everyone is extremely excited for the opening of the new orphanage at the end of the month -where girls (some now in their teens) will have their own washroom and place to sleep on the floor.
Operating funds are scarce....Bha begins thinking...
More photo's to come after dinner :) very slow uploading them