Serving lunch at the Orphanage

Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
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Trip End Nov 27, 2011


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Flag of India  , Karnataka,
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

One of the opportunities at this Yoga Retreat is to pick veggies from their garden (a large portion of our meals comes from this garden), assist in preparing them and then travel about 15 minutes away to an orphanage to assist in serving lunch to the children.  Because I only have a few days here I was just able to help serve which was quite the experience. 

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.  However, the children looked healthy, content and were delightful as children this age are.  One wee one is about 3 and "Mother" helped feed her.  All is eaten with their hands.  When done they take their metal plates outside in the back to wash and put on a shelf - never a moan or groan to do so. They are all in their school uniforms which have been donated. 

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
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Comments

Debbie Fellows on

Fascinating Bevin! Love the photos ..... great photography! Looks like a very insipring trip for you :)

Harsha on

Can you please tell me about the name of the place and location

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