We got back to Toronto on March 5th hoping that we had missed the worst of the winter in this part of the world. We have been dramatically mistaken as it has been a very long and freezing winter in this part of the world. Today I drove to work and it was – 5C, it is a little warmer this after noon about + 5 C.
I feel it this year more than any other time that I have lived in the USA. Perhaps the sunny warm and hot 2 months in India had some part to play in that, also as I get older, I am 68 this month, I ask myself why do I have to live here in this country and in the icy cold city. I really have felt very uncomfortable the last 6 weeks.
We had such a wonderful time in both Kerala and Tamil Nadu and were so grateful we could spend time there with you in Kanchipuram. I must say that the Jain temple we finally got to see was one of the most incredible of the many that we saw in our travels, it was just stunning and emotionally moving to see the beautiful artwork, that had been so painstakingly applied to the ceilings of the entrance, and the stories that mostly of course we missed, being foreigners. Some of the big cities that had very active temples, we felt were too busy to sense any feeling of spirituality of the place. I can say this especially of the big temple in Madurai, our last stop in TN before flying back to Mumbai.The Meenakshi Amman temple – it was crowded, noisy and left me with no feeling of being a holy place. Yet closer to our hotel was a smaller Vishnu temple, no tourists, many local people, that we just loved and spent hours here – the Koodal Alagar Vishnu temple. It was beautiful and special for us and even praying here was a joyous experience for us. It had a much ‘nicer’ feeling than the big temple. Also very special for us was the Ghandi museum in Madurai. we liked it so much we had to go twice, it was such a shock for us to understand how the British had mistreated the Indians. The yhad the cloak in which Ghandi was shot.
Altogether an amazing place, the only area that was sometimes a problem was the rickshaw wallahs, they were at times a little nasty to us, but we never wanted to argue over 30 or 40 cents American.
We so much loved the food your wife had prepared for us, I try here at home to do a poor imitation of a sambar soup. We can get sambar powder here at out local Indian store.
We also very much enjoyed the Chettinad area. The food even in the resorts was just a mixture of TN styles not too much Chettinad, but eh mansions, even the neglected ones, were simply amazing. We spent a morning walking around Kanadukathan, where there were many ruined mansions, but just such incredible architecture. And the Chettinad food has become our favourite style of Indian food. If we ever see it written on the menu we will always order it.
I will include some pictures for that region. I must add that I really got to love being in India, in so many ways it was such a wonderful, interesting place, which gave us such unique experiences.
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4th January 2018. TVS -Maraimalai Nagar and Poule from France did Tree plantation and free dress distribution at Arpakkam Village.
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Dress to dress need children project helped by Mr.R.Loganathan from Nagergoil . 1st Batch students from our evening school got dress .
DG VAISHNAV COLLEGE
PG Student’s Rural Camp at RIDE Center, Arpakkam.
September 17th to 23rd 2017, 38 PG students and 2 Faculties belonging to Department of Social Work came to RIDE center Arpakkam for 7 days rural camp. They visited neighboring villages and did participatory rural appraisal. They visited 5 schools where they created awareness and presented more than 50,000 rupees worth stationeries to the children. Also they honored all the teachers, leaders, and VIPs of the villages.
RIDE organization arranged meetings, food and accommodation with the help of DG Vaishnav College management. They planted many plants in our RIDE campus.
Beginning 1st June, 2017, RIDE will establish a Sewing Educational Program for rural women. Selected women from poor families will be enrolled in a 6-month course to develop their tailoring and sewing skills. There will be two teachers, one of whom is a non-formal education teacher that will also be teaching the women basic skills such as reading and writing. After the course, each woman will receive a certificate of completion from RIDE, giving her the ability apply for a job at an Indian export company. Upon completion of the course, each woman will also receive a free sewing machine from the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Our aim is for this course to equip underprivileged women with the skills necessary to sustain themselves and to provide a stable income to support themselves and their families. This program will show community members that women are positive contributors to society and can be empowered to be the leaders of the household.
RIDE CHILDREN SKILL CAMP AT RIDE CENTER -ARPAKKAM VILLAGE.
RIDE is organizing food for disable and orphan children. We covered more than 100 children, it cost per day minimum five thousand rupees (Rs.5000) we need your support from inside and outside Indian people. Please contact our email email@example.com and the mobile number is 9443368393.
Eco Tour support and RIDE sustainability
In the year 2016-17 more than 100 people came for our Eco-Tour and over 20 people came as short term volunteers. Their contribution and involvement helps us to run our program which is closely connected with child rights and women rights.
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Sibylle, our French volunteer, is leaving RIDE to start a trip in Kernataka and Kerala. You will find bellow her feedback about her experience at RIDE.
” I stayed two weeks as a volunteer at RIDE office. During that time, I had the chance to understand RIDE’s priorities and key actions and see how my competencies could match with their needs. I realized I could help them through marketing and communication skills.
Working for RIDE is being flexible about the schedule as we face in India several electricity cuts every day (which is surprising at the beginning!). In between work office sessions, Jeyaraj took me everywhere : I visited several schools and villages and had the chance to meet with kids, teachers and key project coordinators. It was very interesting for me to see how Jey works with local NGO’s and how he manages so many different projects (children labor, women’s rights, self help groups, microcredit projects ..etc)
Being a volunteer at RIDE is also a amazing chance to understand and see the Indian culture from a daily life perspective. As I stayed at Jeyaraj and Britto’s house, I really felt like a new family member. They go out of their way to feel at home, safe and throughly looked after.
I cannot thank them enough for their kindness. I had a wonderful time !”