Friday 7th April 2017
Rewarding, Challenging, Welcoming.
It was coming to the end of a challenging but very rewarding week. There were mixed feelings as our Journey with Purpose would soon be drawing to a close, but we had all been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to spend some time with Dr Reeta, the children and the teachers at SNEHA School.
On arrival, it seemed the feelings of excitement were mutual. The students were already sitting waiting, anticipating sharing with us their daily assembly that forms the foundation of each day in SNEHA.
Devotions were led by some of the senior girls, and we joined the children in singing hymns and prayers.
This was followed by a demonstration of traditional dances, firstly by the kindergarten children and then a vibrant folkdance from Rajasthan, performed by girls and boys from the senior school. The assembly finished with the National Anthem. Incredible cultural experience for us all to witness and be presented with.
Dr Reeta explained, that the whole school no longer fits into the outdoor seating area, as they did when it was purpose built 3 years ago. The number of students keeps growing and she has begun to have to turn students away. The demand for the school can be attributed to the high regard with which the school is held in the surrounding community.
We all agreed that it was us, the Saphara Women’s Team, who were in the very privileged position of being welcomed into SNEHA with open arms by Dr Reeta and her team, and given a glimpse of the life–changing opportunities taking place within its walls.
Not only are the children educated to an enviably high standard, but nourished and encouraged to become the best people that they can possibly be. It was fantastic to see for ourselves the benefits of the Girls Resilience Programme which is well established in SNEHA School. The girls confidently explained to us that the programme benefits not only themselves, but also their families, who have a new–found trust in their daughters.
It was fantastic to meet with Dr Reeta’s son Ronjoy and his beautiful new wife Gauri and to listen to their ideas and experiences with the children while they gave us a tour of the school. Their commitment to SNEHA brings energy and enthusiasm giving strength and support to Dr Reeta.
Following a visit to the community, where we witnessed the extremely poor conditions in which many of the students live, it became obvious that SNEHA School provides both a physical and spiritual sanctuary for the children from an uncertain environment.
While some of the women had henna applied by the students Ann gave a talk to the junior school teachers on new techniques for teaching reading and Daphne introduced the craft of rag–rugging to the teenage girls.
We had such a wonderful, fun and relaxed day and we whole heartedly soaked up the energy and joy that flowed freely throughout the school, from both students and staff. A strong bond between Saphara and SNEHA has been forged over the years and it was amazing to become part of that bond and the growing SNEHA/Saphara family of people with a shared vision of unity and equality.
Photo Credits: Flo Adair.Posted in Women’s Team 2017
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