india :: day 3

On Monday we spent much of our day getting acquainted with the volunteer team, and finding out where we would be working. I was assigned to teach the Lower Kindergarten and Upper Kindergarten classes at Grace Nursery and Primary School, in Porur, Chennai. The children from Grace School come from all walks of life. Some of them are too poor to be able to pay the school fees, but not all of them. There is a shortage of teachers at Grace, so they depend on the volunteers to be able to teach all the classes. I'll share some photos of my students at Grace tomorrow. For today, here are more photos from the neighborhood surrounding the guesthouse where I am staying. Litter fills the streets, and the stench fills the air, mixed with incense, curry, smoke from burning trash, and exhaust. Cows roam the streets, rummaging around in the trash looking for edible scraps.

In the evening we went to SEAM, the SouthEast Asia Mission, the orphanage our team is working with. The children sang and danced for us, and we spent some time getting to know them. They proudly showed off their rooms, showed us their future library and led us around their home. They were so excited to see us, so eager for our attention, so wanting and needing our affection. Beautiful, beautiful children. I don't want to even think about how hard it is going to be to leave them in two weeks...