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Haridwar

We just arrived in Haridwar after a LONG night bus ride from Jaipur. We are taking a two day break here on our way to Saharanpur for the second bead workshop, which starts on Saturday. Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. Here we visited the holy Ganges River. Interesting Fact: The Ganges basin is the most heavily populated (also most heavily polluted) river basin in the world, with over 400 million people and a population density of about 1,000 inhabitants per square mile. We will see this river again soon when we visit Varanasi.

Here are some photos of our adventure here in Haridwar.

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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

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THE BEADS! Sari Wrapped Bead Workshop – Anoothi

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

HANDS! Sari Wrapped Bead Making – Anoothi

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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

The Women That Made it Happen…

The Saree Wrapped Bead Workshop went great. All of the women were so wonderful to work with. It has been a great experience. Thank you to the young women from Udayan for being part of the workshop and for being my translators! Thank you to all the Anoothi women for doing such a great job creating these beautiful new beads.

I love this photo because you get a sense of the space that the workshop was held in: on the porch of the Anoothi Building at Udayan in Achrol, India.

Geeta! You are a dear woman. I am grateful for our friendship. Thank you for all your help and support while at Udayan. Blessings

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

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Day 2: Saree Wrapped Bead Workshop – Anoothi

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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

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Day 1: Saree Wrapped Bead Workshop – Anoothi

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

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Udayan – Achrol, India

Udayan meaning “Rising Above” is Vatsalya’s residential care program. It aims at giving a safe and enabling environment to orphaned, abandoned and destitute children. We invest in transforming their negative and hostile mindsets into positive-thinking, happy young adults. This is facilitated by interventions focused on emotional, spiritual, intellectual and professional development. Udayan has assisted 393 orphaned, abandoned and destitute children during the past 9 years in finding a life for themselves. 56 are living at present under the care and protection of Vatsalya. One of the most unique aspects of this ‘magical’ place is the community that comprises of ‘Aunties’; displaced, widowed or abandoned women who are taken in to help care for the children.

VISION

To progress Indian society by enabling our disadvantaged children to achieve their true potential.

MISSION

By direct action and intervention, provide a caring environment where our disadvantaged and vulnerable children can develop their capabilities with dignity.

Our hope is to build the ‘Udayan’ community and offer a safe, nurturing environment to many more children in need. If you would like to help support this initiative please donate now.

Today we are taking it easy at Udayan. Enjoying the lively energy of the kids and the beautiful Spring weather. It is so wonderful here – everyone is so kind and welcoming. Here are a few photos of Udayan.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

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Jaipur India

Our first day in India was spent exploring Jaipur, THE PINK CITY!

I was not expecting to be in gem shops on my very fist day in India – but that is how it went! It was a whirlwind day… hard to describe and put into words. It is so different here in India – and so amazing!

The following gallery of photos are of the unique and blue: Gomes Gem Complex, Inside Gomes Gems, and some shots of the Pink City – Jaipur.

Hawa Mahal: “Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze”), is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, and designed by Lal Chand Ustad in the form of the crown of Krishna, the Hindu god. Its unique five-storey exterior is also akin to the honeycomb of the beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas that are decorated with intricate latticework. The original intention of the lattice was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict “purdah” (face cover).

Built of red and pink sandstone, the palace is situated on the main thoroughfare in the heart of Jaipur’s business centre. It forms part of the City Palace, and extends to the Zenana or women’s chambers, the chambers of the harem. It is particularly striking when viewed early in the morning, lit with the golden light of sunrise.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

Ready, Set, Go

We arrive at Udayan at 1:30am on Saturday, Feb 18th, 2012…. did it really take two days to travel half way around the world?

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in 2012 Project India

 

PIECES TO THE PUZZLE

An update on PROJECT INDIA:

It has been so interesting to see all the pieces come together in regards to how this project has come to be.  Here are the details:

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Posted by on October 16, 2011 in 2012 Project India

 

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