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 »

Shaolin Summer Camp

  Here are some more images sent to me from Satish Moon.. of the very successful Summer Camp that was just held at the new site of the Shikshan Gram Shelter. They had 350 children attending – cared for by the group of 30 Shaolin Temple members who are in training as role models at the Shelter.  Of course the staff of the Shelter all pitched in and were incredibly… Read More »

Shaolin Summer Camp for Children

The Shaolin Summer Camp for Children of many villages is happening now at the new building site for the Shikshan Gram Shelter .. click on the link here to see the flyer for it. Summer Camp And now we have the first photos in.. this has been clearly an inspirational event – and when you understand the motivation behind this event, it becomes even more exciting. It is the vision… Read More »

A Volunteer Leaves for Australia

Last Thursday night Shazar Robinson – yes that’s me – was given a beautiful farewell party at the hostel. It was late.. 7.45 – and the children especially the little girls were dropping off to sleep right there where they sat awaiting the cermeony. Vaishnavi bent forward over her crossed legs and put her head on the floor and slept. She was an example for others as Satish launched into… Read More »

New Shoes for All the Children

Yesterday evening we had the immense pleasure of fititng all the children with new shoes. This event was the result of a collective donation from a group of six people in New Delhi. Their very kind gesture has meant that each and every child now has a good pair of shoes on their feet. Last weekend Nandini undertook the mammoth task of shopping for 75 pairs of shoes. They first… Read More »