Nearing the end of our Indian trip

Trip Start May 13, 2010
Trip End May 12, 2011

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Flag of India  , Union Territory of Pondicherry,
Thursday, March 17, 2011

We are still working at the children's home in Pondy, the more we are there the more intriguing this place becomes. Like there was another baby arrived today, the baby couldn't have been more than a few days old and the sister thinks that she is downs syndrome. Some of these babies have been found in the rubbish tips in Pondy, others have just been put in a Taxi and dropped off at the home, some are just left on the doorstep. In India there is a real problem when people have disabled children, they just throw them away like they would their rubbish, it is obviously a big problem, homes like this one we have been in are full to capacity and these people grow up in the homes and are there for many years.
Today a couple of ladies and a man came for a visit and stayed a while helping out with feeding and changing some of the kids. One of the women worked in Norway with disabled children and it seemed that she didn't like what she saw and kept asking us questions like why don't they have any toys, how come they are wet and not being changed, why are they being fed on the floor. All great questions , but when there are 20+ children with severe disabilities, ie Can't walk, or even stand, or sit up in a chair in most cases, certainly can't speak, with 3 or 4 people helping most of the day and if they are lucky 4 or more volunteers like us, all that is possible is keeping them reasonably clean and happy and feeding takes ages, today I managed to feed 2 in 1 hour 30 mins Sebastin and Peter, Sebastin is a really good eater Peter is not so good and the only way to feed poor Peter is to lay him flat on the floor and spoon the food in when he opens his mouth, Oh and duck when he coughs or get splattered. So the Norweigan ladies didn't get the answers they wanted and in the 1 hour 30 mins she only managed to feed Joshua, and he is a good eater. The man didn't stay that long, he had a nice white suit on and when he picked up Angelina she pissed all down his leg, He walked over to me and showed me, I just shrugged and said "it happens", not certain what he wanted me to do, still he left fairly quickly after that.
We have 2 more days there and hopefully there will be more volunteers coming when we leave, or they will be left even longer. One thing we have noticed is when Sister Jonathan is there things seem to happen a lot smoother, because the girls that are paid to work there do more, when sister is not there they just leave the kids for ages without sorting them out, I guess sister knows that this happens. It is a really necessary place and they do a great gob with the people they have there, and I am certain they could be better run, but would need double the number of staff and obviously a lot more money, and let's face it none of the children are going to improve sufficiently for them to leave the home in the future, they just wouldn't cope in the outside world.
We hope to take some pictures tomorrow or Saturday so we will have dome pics for you.
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Claire on

The man was lucky it wasnt 'shit happens!'

Claire on

Where is my 'Happy St Patricks Day' sand writing?????

gonroamin on

sorry babe, no sand to do writing in here in Pondy :-(

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