I have now lost track of time and how long I have stayed here in Kolkata. It has been about one month…I think. Last Thursday, I began a new program by going to the children’s homes on the streets to teach them reading and mathematics every Thursday. We also provide them with music through my poor guitar playing and singing. Often, when I go, I bring another volunteer along so he/she finds out more about lives on the streets. In the photos, you see Elise playing and caring for the children since the parents are too busy working to have much time for them. We mainly teach the older kids and provide day care for the small children. So for about two hours on Thursday, we tried to provide the children with something different from their everyday normal routines.
We now have seven children selected, but are still waiting for Father at Don Bosco to meet with us to fill out the paperwork. Indian culture and philosophy can be a bit frustrating at time and seems to move so slow. That’s okay…one way or another, we will get them in.