Monday, 2 February 2009

Chennai: Two distribution sites today

Singing the alphabet.
From Chennai Photo Album 2009
February 2, 2009

Today was a very busy day. We completed two separate distributions, with very little time for other activities such as food.

The first distribution, at Sri Puram, was delayed even though the children, the bedkits, and our team were all in place. While this could have been frustrating, it turned into a great time of interacting with the beautiful children from this area of the world. Their spoken English was often limited to "How are you, I am fine", but these children did know how to sing the alphabet and recite "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", and they did this for us with great enthusiasm. They loved shaking hands and laughing at our attempts to say simple things to them in their language.

The second distribution, at Gudiyatham, started as soon as we arrived, and went quite late. Our Rotarian hosts were very gracious in supplying us with water and food while we worked. Again, the highlight was the time that we spent talking with the children, who were both shy and curious about us.

Seeing these beautiful children, and the hope in their eyes as they accept the bedkit, is truly gratifying. I think we will all sleep well tonight.

Jeff McDougall
for Team Chennai 2009

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