BV Inspection 

BV is inspected quarterly by the local district authority. This is something, which all Mumbai orphanages go through. I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to one of the officers.

I asked him what his job entitled and he informed me that he was there to see that all the proper paper work was in place for the children currently residing there as well as to check for safety and security regulations of the orphanage.

He spent a great amount of time there going over everything and seemed extremely pleased when he left. He invited me down to his office but due to time, I had to take a rain check.

[ view entry ] ( 1135 views ) [ 0 trackbacks ] permalink ( 3 / 2190 )
Besøg hos dommeren i High Court 

Som i alle jo ved var jeg i High Court Mumbai for at tale med dommeren som nu sidder der indtil sommerferien starter her i Indien. Jeg har endnu en aftale med ham imorgen KL. 5pm min tid og vil derefter skrive om begge dage.

[ view entry ] ( 1775 views ) [ 0 trackbacks ] permalink ( 3 / 2089 )
Adoption Meeting in Lonavla 

Yesterday I got up at six am to catch the car with Jaisita to go to Lonavala, Hill Side Station. Along with all the social workers from BV, my crew. Six kids (ages 3-6) we all jammed into two cars. The drive took us about two and half hours and luckily I got to sleep for most of the way there. Check this out. On the way up I passed a bus, which had my last name on it, and also a house. We all had a laugh at that since my name is rare in the US and Dk.

Once we reached we were all greeted by one of the adoptive parents who was hosting this get-together. We all settled into two rooms and waited for all the families to reach. About one hour later everyone had reached and we were all packed into this one room since I was giving a talk on adoption and the project I am doing out here. (I usually always get nervous when having to present but not this time, so I started out by welcoming everyone etc. etc.) I had prepared a 30 min. talk, which turned in to almost two-hour session instead due to parent’s requests. They asked about my experience but it was unique because they had several questions about my actual project and my discoveries. For a minute I felt like I was in school giving a presentation. It was fantastic, I felt absolutely great and after my Q and A session I met with each couple individually. I started realizing what the concerns are for local adoptive parents.

Adoption is one giant topic and you really have to figure out from the get go what you are trying to do and say or you totally loose control. I went through this in the beginning last year and the first week of this trip. My project is huge so I learned quickly to narrow it down, only to discover it expand out again and having to decide which road to take. Quite interesting.

After meeting with everyone and finally getting some food in my stomach it was time to play with the kids from BV. Oh, they all loved coming on this trip. Due to the precaution you have to take at an orphanage it makes it difficult to take the children outside of the institution for fun at such a young age. Around 5pm it was time for us all to take a nap, which we did. I was burned out as I had been up the night before working and only slept for one hour.

The trip home went smooth and we all made it back in time for the water to come on so that we could take a shower. (If there is something I have learned being out here is to limit water, electric use, and not expect TP. Three things, which are not offered around the clock, and sometimes water is out of a bucket. Mumbai is going through at water and electric shortage at the moment so everyone has to conserve. In the beginning it was a little hard to adjust to but after a week it became a routine and I don’t know what I will do when I get back to the states because I am now used to getting my water from a bucket.)

[ view entry ] ( 995 views ) [ 0 trackbacks ] permalink ( 3 / 2006 )
Manev Sava Sangh 

Spending a full day and one night at Manev Sava Sangh was incredible. Something I’ve always wanted to do. I wanted to see my first home, my family, and all my siblings (meaning all the other boys and girls at MSS) I have previously visited, once to celebrate my b-day and another time to do a project with the girls. (Ages 11-14) This time I just wanted to walk a day in their shoes to get a feel for what an orphanage is really like. Due to my tight schedule I could only spend the one day and night there, but plan to go back and stay for a couple of days towards the end of this trip.

[ view entry ] ( 1056 views ) [ 0 trackbacks ] permalink ( 2.6 / 8 )
Wedding of Jay & Karishma 

Friday night Karishma and Jay were married. Jay is the nephew of a dear family friend of ours from the states and we were all very excited to attend their wedding. It was Trent and Patrick’s first Indian wedding and my third.

In India, getting married takes quite a while. The ceremony takes about three hours. We arrived at the Mayfair Hall, at around 7pm. It was crowded with people and I immediately looked around to see if I could find my friends from the states. With no luck, Trent, Patrick and I sat down and watched the ceremony. It was quite beautiful with the singing, and chanting. About an hour later we connected with my friends and caught up on life in general. Since they (US friends) were guest of honor they had to mingle so we split up for a little while. We continued to watch Jay and Karishma and all the guests wearing lovely saris. Trent and Patrick stuck out in the crowd being two of four white people at this function. At one point the groom looked up and saw Trent and had this blank stare in face as if he was thinking, "Who the hell invited you, I don't know you." It was hilarious, a moment to remember. The following day a reception was held at the Taj President Hotel. Everything was very tasteful at this two day event and we had a great time.

[ view entry ] ( 1083 views ) [ 0 trackbacks ] permalink ( 3 / 1949 )

<< <Back | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | Next> >>