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An Adventure in India
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It has been a month since I’ve returned home from the Schools for Humanity India trip and I continue to absorb the experience and reflect on the amazing impact that the donations and volunteer efforts of our friends, families and colleagues has had on the lives over 1000 children in three village schools in India.

With six months of fundraising, planning and preparing for our trip, Louis Gomm, Linda Henry, Mil VanDyke and Tammy Ozuna were off to India to represent the many donors who had invested in helping to improve the learning environment for children in India. With the generous assistance from the Rotary Club of Mumbai, Kandivli, we toured local village schools adopted by the Rotary Club and met with the teachers to understand what their greatest needs were in their schools. Their needs were modest and included items that we expect to see in every classroom here in the U.S. Sunil Haribal, Rotary Club member, generously helped us navigate the roads and shopping culture of Mumbai to acquire the goods requested by the teachers. Once the car was full we returned to the schools to deliver the supplies.

Each trip to the school was a true heart warming experience. The children were always happy to see us and prepared welcoming ceremonies which included floral bouquets and showers of rose petals along with colorful tikas gently and lovingly placed on our foreheads each time we visited. So our return to the school with gifts for the children was especially touching because we were now giving to them, after having received so much from them, the truly deserving ones.

Thanks to the efforts of many at home we were pleased to be able to fulfill each teacher’s wish list. So in addition to book bags and shoes for the children of Chinchoti, Bopatpada and Hanum Nagar schools of Mumbai we were able to donate chalkboards, desks, benches, teaching aids, and sporting equipment.

The smiles on the faces of the children and teachers spoke volumes about the impact felt by the village school communities. And as volunteers who had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful children of India, we will forever be impacted by this experience. We look forward to continuing our relationship with children of the village schools and help to support their needs through the dedicated work of our volunteers and donors.

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