- Saandhwanam (Sanskrit meaning a place of comfort/peace) : a small orphanage in Kerala, my place birth, in India which I had the privilege of visiting in Oct 2017 along with the group of 17 travelers from the US.
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This is a subject close to my heart as I grew up in an orphanage myself in the same area in India (after I lost my mother when I was 7) and was the beneficiary of kindness from people in the US and Europe. I found the children at Saandhwanam happy, confident, loved by the few women who take care of them and really encouraged them to achieve their educational goals.
The children are brought up in a pluralistic environment exposed to all the major religions of India. We had the privilege of joining them for their evening gratitude hour which started with the sacred diya (oil lamp) lighting and went on to chanting from various scriptures. We where totally mesmerized. We felt both cleansed and energized to move on to the next activities starting from distributing small gifts and chocolates we had brought for them, to games, photo sessions, to dancing to Bollywood music.
Truly an enchanting evening. Sadly it was quickly their bedtime and time for us to start loading 7-8 of us at a time into my brother’s SUV which will make several trips to our bus which was parked a mile away as the roads in the village were too narrow.
This independent organization with 21 children is solely supported by a local bank and the local rotary club who provide them with a building to rent and food. The educational and medical needs of the children are totally supported by donors. I know we can make a direct impact on these girls’ future as well as make a connection. I plan to visit them again and check on their progress when I visit my family.
I lead a class in Falls Church on Thursday evening and 30% of the proceeds from each class go to meet educational and medical needs of these girls. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thursday Sadhana
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