It’s 10:45 pm here in Khandbari and I am exhausted. Tonight we had a 5 pm meeting with our SODEC partners followed by a very long (but good) dinner. We were up at 6 am, gone at 7:30 back to the hotel for lunch at 11:30, then out from 12:30 until 10pm.
Following our successful visit to Banibilas school on Tuesday we travelled some 3.5 hours yesterday along a very rough series of roads to reach Him SS in the remote village of Swachi. The final 8 or so kms into Swatchi was along a road that simply did not exist one year ago.
Large group shot is at Him School. Smaller group shot was taken earlier today with the Mahendra School hard of hearing class. Those of you who were here in October will have recognized both the amazing children and the building that we are standing in front of. Before leaving I shared with the students via their signing teacher how moved we all were when they used the 1000 rupees ($12) that I gave them in October to buy chickens for their dinner rather than candy. They all laughed ! Today Craig and I gave them 1500 rupees so they they could get chicken and perhaps some treats too!
I already have lots to report and am also very grateful to have Craig along for his invaluable assistance and insight. We have 2 days remains in the field and will be visiting Sharada School in the morning. Tonight is our last night at the Arati hotel as we will be staying in Chainpur for our final 2 nights in Sankhuwasabha. I will miss this incredible king bed!!!
Best to all,