Happy News!

Lots of good news I hope!

The happy news starts before I have even left!  I collected a huge amount of pennies from Hunsbury Park School and called in at my bank to pay them in, on my way home.  The nice lady serving me was weighing all the bags of money and we were chatting about the charity and how the children at Hunsbury Park had raised so much.  She then said that she wanted to give me a donation!  How kind was that?!?  I expected her to give me a five-pound note, or perhaps even a ten-pound note.  How much did she give?  FIFTY pounds!

Saturday - This may sound a little strange, but the good news for today is that it rained!  They are very short of water at the moment, so any rain is a cause of great celebration. Bad news - when it rains, the electricity goes off.  Good news - the children have our solar lighting system in their boarding so they carried on playing with balloons with Mrs Millers while we were in the dark in the Convent.                                                                                                                                                                                      Sunday - no competition for today's good news!  Tonight we will be sleeping on a MATTRESS!!!                                                                                                                                                                              Monday - again, no competition, we will be going to see the new Boarding building at Batlagundu.  Get ready Boughton School.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tuesday - really good news for me!  I am only here for three weeks and so will not have time to visit all of the projects and meet all of my friends.  One such sister is Sr. Jovita who looked after the children at Thangachimadam Orphanage for quite a few years.  She is now in Tuticorin, but is travelling to Batlagundu for a check-up at the hospital.  So we will meet up half way at Thangachimadam.  Plus it will be nice for her to go back to meet her children again.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wednesday - Reports are coming in.  An English lady has been seen riding side-saddle on the back of a motorbike, going up Batlagundu High Street!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thursday -  At Paravai there was a little girl, probably coming up to two years old, looking quite happy and healthy.  She was very brave and came up to look at us.  (She then did a wee on the floor, but never mind.)  I was told that when she first arrived, she was so thin and very sick.  All she needed to get better was some healthy food and milk.  So, Weston Favell Primary School, your penny trail money pays to change thin and sick children into healthy ones.  Here she is, fast asleep, laying on the floor.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Friday - shopping day.  I don't normally like shopping.  We went by auto (auto rickshaw - I'll try and find a photo for you) to a fabric shop.  We bought some fabulous material with elephants on it, plus matching plain fabrics.  Mrs Millers also bought some mats.  Back to the Provincialate for lime juice in just over an hour.  I then spent the rest of the day bringing the website up to date, so I am very happy.                                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday - This is unbelievable!  Thangachimadam has wifi and broad band!  So I think it will be a 'Yes please' Adam!  I will check with the staff, find out details, and let you know.                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sunday - I had an email from 'Mydonate'.  Someone has paid £250.00 into our bank account!                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monday -  
I came out of my room and there was a lady cleaning the corridor floor.  I recognised her from five years ago!  Her husband had been injured in an accident and was not able to work.  So the Sisters had given her a job cleaning in the hospital.  Her little boy was in the creche.  Now he is in year 5 at the school and happily her husband made a full recovery and is working again.

Tuesday -  Tomorrow I travel to Kodai Kanal.  It is up in the mountains, which means that it is going to be COLD!  Hurrah!!!  There are no mosquitos, so no risk of malaria or dengue fever, so I don't have to cover myself with horrible smelling anti-mosquito cream.  

Wednesday -  I have just found out that there is a new Primary School building at Kodai Kanal.  I can't wait to see it!  Kodai school was SO overcrowded (some classes had a corridor as their classroom!) and so now the children will have lots more room.

Thursday -  I met up with the children in the Boarding and showed them the things you had given for them.  They were very happy.  I took lots of photos.  There is a girl here, Kousalya, who I met at Paravai, five years ago.  I will meet her again.

Friday - I learnt how to make idli - which is a steamed rice cake, very popular in Tamil Nadu.  The children performed a brilliant 'function' for me - singing and dancing.  I will put some film clips onto the "Kodai Kanal" page.

Saturday -  I am going to Munnar tomorrow!

Sunday - Absolutely no good news today!  Apart that I got to Munnar.  Eventually.  Not feeling very well!  Tomorrow will be a better day.

Monday - I met the children in the creche and had a lovely time playing with them.

Tuesday -  I met the children in the reception classes.  Some of them were practising their dancing.  To see them, go to 'Best Photo' page.  

Wednesday - The girls in the Boarding, performed the most wonderful 'function' for me. I will be loading some films of them shortly.   Afterwards, I gave them sweets and then they all lined up to be kissed!  Some went around 2 or 3 times!

Thursday - I think the best news is that I have had the most wonderful time and met up with so many friends.  What has been really special, is to meet so many children from five years ago.  To see them continue in their education as happy and healthy children.  Thus they have the best start in life, although many of them are orphans or abandoned.  I have met so many 'grown ups' who grew up in the orphanages or boardings and who are now teachers or Sisters or even just 'Mums'.  To be an orphan and to have no-one and then to marry and have children and to be part of a family must be just wonderful for them.  

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