On March 2nd the members of Drops of India 2019, Akshy´s solidarity group, left for Delhi.  Nine people had the opportunity to see first-hand our projects and, at the same time, learn a little more about the vast country which is India.
They travelled around the State of Rajastan enjoying plenty adventures, visiting beautiful places,  spectacular cities and monuments.  This was a meeting with Indian culture and history, its colours, flavours and aromas which left no one indifferent.  It also helped them to have a better understanding of India and part of the enormous variety of beauties it has to offer.
But without a shade of doubt, the second part of the trip was the most eagerly awaited by all  – their meeting with the Bodhgaya children!!
The excitement of the children on the arrival of their sponsors and the others in the group was tremendous.  They all wanted to make  themselves known and show their affection.
Our visitors had the opportunity to get to know their “godchildren”, visit their homes, the 3 schools and the students with whom Association Akshy works on giving them education, the most important tool we can offer the “untouchable” community so they  can improve their standard of living in the future.
They were also present at a meeting with over 100 women who are taking part in the Microcredit Programme within the Project for Women where,  thanks to the generosity of our visitors, mats were given them for use in their meetings.
They also learned about the social work carried out by Akshy for older persons and those who at critical times in their lives need special help.
They had the .opportunity to speak to our older, pre-university students and exchange impressions on their studies.
They attended the cultural programme prepared for them by the pupils and their teachers, with dances and music.  The children´s parents and neighbours also came.
They were even  invited to the wedding of our Beautician teacher, and this gave them the opportunity to learn even more about Indian traditions.

From this blog we wish to thank each and everyone of those taking part in the trip for allowing us to show them the projects we are working on with the “untouchables”.  We hope that they, in turn,  will make our work known among their friends and acquaintances so that, together, we can contribute to the transforming of life for many children, women and the elderly.

There were many delightful moments and photos – here you can see just a few…..

And, in our next trip, we hope to have you join us too!

 

 

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