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Exploring Mussoorie!

Sunday 8 July 2018

 This morning we can safely say was a great gift for all of us, as we had the chance to have a lie in until 8:50am.  At 9.45, feeling refreshed and well fed, we had the privilege to speak and listen to the leader of MGVS who is called Surender Singh, as well as a young woman called Radha, a leader in the Saphara Girl Champions programme.  She had been a quiet girl with not very much confidence but through the programme Radha has become a powerful and motivating young woman who now has the role of a master teacher and is now travelling to meet the Irish ambassador to talk about her experience. This session brought together the L & H, Down and student teams – 65 Saphara people all in the same place – and we learned many things about where our fundraising is going – as well as being inspired by Surender and Radha.

We partook in an activity called “River Babies” which involved us performing a script within a random style of theatre, these included Bollywood, Shakespeare, spaghetti western and pantomime. This was hilarious as we all threw ourselves into the activity and embarrassment wasn’t even a thought. The group has grown so close and tight knit over the past week that everyone had a great time. Between questionable swimming, well dressed dames and flawless accents we may as well have been on the West End stage. The moral was that we should find the root of the problem and make a change there rather than trying to just manage the issue, it was summarised in “give a man a fish he’ll eat for a night, teach a man to fish he’ll eat for life”.

Matthew, Casey & Aine rehearsing their performance of 'River Babies'
Matthew, Casey & Aine rehearsing their performance of 'River Babies'

In the afternoon we had the chance to go down into the town of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, for some food and mostly for the girls to have another chance to do some shopping.  We then got back to the hotel at 5pm where Joanne told us about what we would be doing tomorrow within “The Happening”.  We all went off to our rooms to gather to our thoughts and prepare for what we will speak about tomorrow.

Excited and ready for a walk into town!
Excited and ready for a walk into town!

We then had a couple hours of free time – much needed after a busy week of teaching and travelling. We enjoyed this free time at the wonderful Hotel Himalayan Club where the views from the rooms are fantastic. However, it was very misty when we arrived back so a lot of the distant mountains could not be seen.

Taking in the beautiful views and scenery on the walk into town
Taking in the beautiful views and scenery on the walk into town

After dinner of our favourite butter chicken, we got to watch the well–known classic film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. A large part of the movie related to what we had seen in the past week of children growing up in very tough circumstances – it was inspiring for the whole team. We finished the night with our daily reflection which was based on our fantastic talk with Surender this morning. Lights went out at 11p.m and doors were locked for another good night’s rest.

Enjoying the sights and sounds of the town
Enjoying the sights and sounds of the town

Zara, Hasan and James

Posted in Lurgan & Holywood Team 2018
on Sunday 8 July 2018