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Mother India

07.01.2009 in Uncategorized

 As I write this it’s Wednesday at 4:27pm. We had a jam packed day yesterday and I ha vent had a chance to go over it yet and then there is today, so this may be long one. 

Yesterday was a very interesting day for me. I attended an IGP (income generation project) meeting with Sarah, the founder of TEN and Becky , the kick ass "guide" we have here from the states. We visited one of their suppliers named Rumesh and he was one of the most pleasant and welcoming people I have ever met. We had a meeting to determine future orders and I was able to give my feedback on styles, colors, and what’s hot.

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Resilience

06.01.2009 in Uncategorized

It’s Tuesday night in Kolkata. About 7:30 pm Don’t know when I’ll be able to send this. There’s no internet connection at the hotel (except for the front desk which is incompatible with my email). Both computers at Destiny crapped out as well. Destiny has a wireless connection…but we can’t get it to work with the Mac. So much for “it just works”…in the US , maybe. The only internet cafe near the hotel is closed down. It’s very frustrating: I’ve had a great video of our incredible Saturday outing with the children, complete with a voice over by Sarah ready to go since yesterday with no way to upload it.

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Greens and Reds

06.01.2009 in Uncategorized

I thought I would post some random thoughts about India for you so here you go…in honor of TBS I’ll do it in Greens and Reds (LOL).

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“Sister you cannot imagine…”

06.01.2009 in Uncategorized

Jan. 5: Reporting from Calcutta , where I am leading a 10 day volunteer trip at our partner shelters: Yesterday was a day of seemingly magical transformations. I spent the day at the Sanlaap shelter home – Sanlaap is one of India’s biggest and most respected anti-slavery agencies, serving hundreds of red light area kids as well as the 100 rescued survivors at the shelter home. Some of the survivors are very recently rescued and speak an obscure tribal language that no one else here speaks, so they havebeen mostly keeping to themselves.

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“Sister you cannot imagine…”

06.01.2009 in Uncategorized

Reporting from Calcutta , where I am leading a 10 day volunteer trip at our partner shelters: Yesterday was a day of seemingly magical transformations. I spent the day at the Sanlaap shelter home – Sanlaap is one of India’s biggest and most respected anti-slavery agencies, serving hundreds of red light area kids as well as the 100 rescued survivors at the shelter home. We have partnered with Sanlaap for 3 years now on income generation programs and are lucky to count their management team as our friends. This year, we’ve been asked to paint and furnish a preschool for babies and small children of survivors. We are using this project to reach out to a group of very young girls recently rescued in a brothel raid. They speak an obscure tribal language, which no one here understands, so they have been mostly keeping to themselves. The situation has been weighing heavily on my heart, and Becky’s so we are hoping to find a way to reach them this week.

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With love

05.01.2009 in Uncategorized

I spent the day working with survivors. Young, lost, sold, alone.
After a day of puppets, sticky with glue and soaked with giggles, I got this note…

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2008 Wrap-up and Review

05.01.2009 in Uncategorized

I think that years from now when we look back,  2008 will clearly be the big transition year for TEN.  When we started the year we had had a good 2007 but did not have the capacity to grow much faster. Sarah and I had lost our house and were almost out of savings, and had yet to take a salary, so TEN was understaffed, and underfunded. We were spending a lot of time on day to day chores like shipping and thus did not have enough time to dedicated to growth and planning. At least in the near term, and hopefully for good, those lean times may be behind us.

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We are family

04.01.2009 in Uncategorized

Been another great day and we are so happy. Today was our day off and it was a weird day but fun all the same. What did we do today? We spent the day at the…mall! LOL…you’re probably like, what the hell are they doing in a mall in India but when we found out that there was a Body Shop in the mall we of course had to check it out! The name of the mall was South City Mall and it looked and felt like any mall in the US. VERY strange sight to see considering everything we’ve already seen but it was a good thing we went. First we had coffee at the a great coffee shop and had the best conversation.

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