We just returned from our second week of journeying around the state of “A.P.” (as the locals call it) visiting the newest batch of children who have been given an opportunity for a “second” family and an English education to learn their way out of poverty.
It was an inspiring week of spending time in villages (no hotels this time around), sharing common meals, teaching, playing, laughing and bumping down the Indian roads as we meandered from village to village, town to town and city to city.
Our next trip won’t be until March (after our return from the States for the holidays), but we’re already planning how to make that trip most effective (painting, anyone?) and memorable for the kids and for us.
Enjoy the latest pics!
1. One of our favorite pics so far in our whole time here, the Domakonda girls smile at their creative successes.
2. The Saravaram boys will have the cleanest teeth in the village after a local dentist in Ongole donated hundreds of toothbrushes for our children's homes.
3. The Punukula girls and bubbles are a delightful combination.
4. The beach ball was a big hit state wide.
5. A hula-hoop, some frisbees and lots of smiles.
6. Community puzzles - most of these children had never seen puzzles before.
7. And after a week of village-living, Indian road-bouncing, village rice-consuming and children-loving and -educating, it was time for an urban mocha in Hyderabad!