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There’s always light at the end of the tunnel!

30.08.2011 in Made By Survivors Programs

Last week I had a good time with my extended family in Boisar shelter home. I had gone to the Mumbai shelter home to follow up on the jewelry program which we are conducting since last year, October. It was great to see the level of improvement the girls have gone through. One particular girl, Sonam was apprehensive about the program because she lacked confidence when I met her for the first time. She would barely speak to us and was indifferent. She dreaded that she would not be able to do anything in her life as she lost the meaning of her life after what she had suffered.

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The Sacred Thread

16.08.2011 in Empowering Women

(Paul pictured above getting a Rakhi tied by one of the girls) 

This weekend was  Raksha Bandhan, or Rakhi, a festival primarily observed in India that celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. The central ceremony involves the tying of a rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her. I was fortuate enough to be able to celebrate the holiday with the girls at the jewelry center and even though this was my 2nd time, this years ceremony carried a deeper meaning for me. 

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Going Back

07.08.2011 in Made By Survivors Programs

Going Back -

I have been back and forth, up and down, inside and out, about taking a second trip to Kolkata, India with Made By Survivors (MBS) this upcoming January.  When I left Kolkata in February 2010, I vowed to come back every year.  It seemed like a possible and practical goal.  After all, I had done it once, I could do it again – with ease – from here on out.

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