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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Next Season of Life for the Whiting Family: Philadelphia, and CCH!

No, you're not seeing double - just a collage put together by our CCH 
staff as part of our send-off.

This good-bye party surprised us.  
We thought it was just gonna be another night of CCH Summer Camp.

Our CCH Staff.  These are the ones we worked most closely with 
for up to 5 1/2 years.

CCH kids like Komali are the Indian relationships Paige will miss the most.

Yes, we were given traditional Indian clothing for this party - 
something we will treasure for a long time.

In-n-Out at LAX always welcomes us back.

Descanso Gardens.  Grandma. 

Beloved Rickshaw Writer readers,

This is the final Rickshaw Writer submission as we are now Stateside.  

For good.

After 5 1/2 years on the ground in India, in early June we left Hyderabad, concluding our time with many festivities and closure experiences.  Sad good-byes, colorful parties, feasts of food and many cultural moments of honor and gratitude gave us a warm send-off from this time in our lives.

Above you can witness a progression of pictures that tell the story, concluding with Jaya and Grandma at Descanso Gardens in Sean's hometown of La Cañada, CA. 

As for our future, we will be continuing our work on behalf of the children of CCH from the United States through the end of the 2016 year and will soon update our faithful partners on our purpose and role thereafter.  For now we are excited to be back home, excited for all that CCH is yet to become both with and without us, and excited to be moving our family to....

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sean will load up a moving truck tomorrow (Thursday) and begin the trek east for the new season of life.
A combination of weather, family, east coast intrigue, urban living, un-explored areas for ICM/CCH partners and more led us to make this decision about where we will be raising Jaya and Rayne, but our normal travels will continue to lead us in many directions and to many places.  Thank you for being a faithful or occasional reader of this blog that chronicled our personal experiences in India, while also giving background to what we do and why we do it.

Lots more to tell in future communication - Facebook?  Another blog?  How about, gulp, a phone call?

Thank you, readers and partners, for your prayers and faithful support to us while we lived in India.  And thank you for believing in the ongoing vision of CCH (and our role) in the future.  We are so and forever grateful to you.

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