Kids and construction sites

Trip Start Jan 29, 2010
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Flag of India  , Delhi,
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Hi all,

My placement is set at a construction site where the Commonwealth Games will be held in August. Since the 60s, more and more women from rural areas have been moving into urban, construction areas to seek employment. The problem was that their kids had nowhere to go and nothing to do while their parents were at work. This created a range of obvious dangers, but it also meant that the kids couldn't develop properly.

Thus, Mobile Creches was set up to cater for this problem by looking after, educating and entertaining the kids while their parents worked. That's where I come in. My friend Ben and I plan lessons, games, and miscellaneous activities to achieve these ends.

As soon as we arrived on day 1 all the kids got up, shook my hand and said 'Namaste Guruji', meaning hello master. I wanted to say just call me Justin, but then thought better of it (I suppose I should accept that I truly am a master).

The kids are so cute! Way cuter than white kids. Words cannot really describe how cute they are so I will put up some photos as soon as I get access to someone's laptop. Ben and I work predominatly with the one's aged between 8-13. So far we have tought them maths, English, how to tell the time, and chess (we are still working on this one!). Despite the obvious language barrier, the kids are so much easier to teach than white kids - they actually want to learn and are constantly asking us to teach them more.

However, on Day 1 I made the mistake of playing cricket with them. Although they are still enthusiastic about learning, they ask me literally every minute if we can play cricket. And you should see them play! If a ball goes onto the roof, they will climb onto it like fear. For some strange reason they assume this impresses me (when really it scares me) and they say 'look at me Guruji'! Imagine that in Australia - kids climbing roofs on construction sites while the teachers take no notice!

There's a group of 2-5 year old kids who go absolutely crazy whenever they see us. As you will see by my pictures, all we have to do is put our hands into their room and a swam of them grab each one of our fingers while laughing and jumping up and down.

Well that's it for now. Keep checking the blog for pictures of these little guys (it will be up shortly)!
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Hah, so many kids with side-parts in their hair, dreaming of moustaches :-)

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