Any Excuse to Celebrate!

Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian.. the excuse for a celebration doesn’t depend on creed or belief system here at Shikshan Gram.. a holy day – or special day of any sort simply means ‘let’s have a party’!  and the really beautiful thing about having a party here is it is all so easy to organise.  Let have some special food.. the addition of delicious Kari.. see it here cooking away.. made… Read More »

Sage Journey November 2011

Yesterday we waved Renee Lighton goodbye as she headed back to Capetown.  It was very hard to stop the tears flowing as we had a last hug outside the departures gate of the Mumbai Airport. What a wonderful journey we had..  yes with only one participant but the value we found from Renee’s visit was profound.. and she gave so much and there with no thought of the weather being… Read More »

Returning Home

The monsoon rains are still with us today.. the land around the new Shikshan Gram site is vibrantly green – and the crickets are screeching their legs together.. seemingly in joy for the steady beat of the huge rain drops. A couple of them came into my room the other night – uninvited because as they started their racket neither Satish nor I could hear ourselves speak! Since I was… Read More »

Our Children

Satish just sent me some new pictures of the children so I thought I would share them with you… firstly here is Shubham.. the boy I have sponsored.. just the cost of one cup of coffee a day – and he is taken care of .. his schooling, his clothes and all he needs .. for a year. You can easily contribute in this way too.. just ask me how!!… Read More »

Paul Dunn and Masami Sato Visit Shikshan Gram

In the middle of the monsoon, a fine morning is very unusual. For the rains to hold off for almost a whole day, just about unheard of.  But last week on the 28th, a group of very important visitors came to Malavali to visit the children at Shikshan Gram.  And the rain held off. This was a day of bringing together the links the have been formed many years ago… Read More »

Biodynamic Gardening

I am so excited today.  Satish sent me photos of the Biodynamic Course which Satish Mankar and two others attended at the beginning of this month.   This is result of a chain of events that can only be described as wonderful synchronicity.   Just before I left for India last November, Sahaja (my sister) lent me a copy of the movie One Man, One Cow, One Planet – and I… Read More »

Thinking To Volunteer in India?

Volunteer travel, spending time overseas working with a not for profit organisation – contributing time, effort and expertise is a very rewarding way to really get to know another culture and land. The Shikshan Gram Shelter for Homeless Children is an ideal place to start.  We are very conscious of providing a support structure that will give you the optimal experience while you are with us.  You might like to… Read More »