Welcome to India

This blog is intended to make a country that most Westerners find to be otherworldly not so much so. We enjoy sharing our experiences, noting our observations, highlighting our impressions and otherwise recounting our adventures in India while helping our blogwatchers to be vicariously closer to this grand country. Welcome to India.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Jaya's July

After two years in India and a few months of concern and consternation on behalf of our daughter, July was spent as a dual family celebration on the east coast.

Not one, but two family reunions occurred uniting all from both of our nuclear families.  Brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, spouses, grandparents – what a blessed time to be together, eat, play, catch-up, take walks, take drives, try to stay cool in the hot east coast summer.

Between D.C., New York City, the Hamptons and the rural, rolling hills of Pennsylvania, Jaya really made her way around.  It took her parents two decades of our lives to make it to the east coast, but Jaya covered a good portion in just her fourth month!  A plane, train, taxi, bus, subway and regular ol’ car were the modes of transportation as Jaya visited friends in the nation’s Capitol and slowly made her way up the coast.

Her favorite activities included:
  • Watching fireworks on rooftops of D.C. with the Schmidgall and Batterson families
  • Attending a Nationals game with Kelly and Sean Hafner
  • Seeing Mom and Dad's engagement spot in Central Park (Belvedere Castle)
  • Visiting Uncle Todd's new house in the Hamptons and being with Dad's family
  • Going to the lake, picking blueberries, winning a scavenger hunt and performing in a talent show with Mom's family in Pennsylvania

Below are a few pictures from a memorable July featuring everyone’s favorite little girl, who is quite the easy traveler, for which her parents are very grateful:

Monday, July 1, 2013

CCH Goes to College!

After “redeeming childhood,” CCH’s favorite program motto or theme is “not just survive, but thrive!” 

We do not seek to only help orphans and abandoned children survive in the physical realm, but we strive to meet their holistic needs, emotionally, spiritually and educationally. 

The key to their future, to our aspired goal of “breaking the cycle of poverty,” is to help these children go to college, to further their education and receive their professional degree.  This leads to a career and future that not only breaks the cycle of poverty, but puts these children in positions of leadership and provides opportunities to make a difference in the future of so many other people in need.

Our first CCH child, who came into the Nelaturu home as an older child four years ago, started college last month.  Join us in celebrating Nandini Ready, the first of many CCH children to attend college and pursue their God-given dreams.