Last night was our first experience of a thunderstorm in the Himalayas as the sky blackened and the torrential rain pounded on the roof of our hotel. As this inclement weather continued into early morning, our thoughts turned to those pupils we had met yesterday (some as young as 4 years old) who would have a 2 hour walk to Donk school, along a treacherous mountain path.
The sense of being inspired by the determination and resilience of young people, in spite of the barriers they have to overcome, was reinforced as we arrived back in SNEHA school. We were greeted most affectionately by Dr Reeta and her staff and were then treated to a display of the pupils’ talents that was nothing short of breathtaking.
From the youngest to the seniors, the quality of the dance and interpretation was outstanding.
One of the dances originated from the Garwahli region that we had visited a couple of days before, another from south India and included young boys juggling with fire – and even fire eating! All of the dances were enthusiastically received by the entire school.
Following the performance the Saphara team met all of the 1,100 pupils in their classrooms to express our appreciation for the welcome we have received and to look forward to our future work together.
Jacqui Argument and Julie TaggartPosted in Principals Trip 2015
on Friday 20 February 2015