Here is an extract from one of our latest newsletters, it should give you a good idea of the progress here:
After much study and hard work, school is out for most of our children for a few weeks. There are still a few straggling 10th and 12th class exams left to go, but a well-deserved break has finally arrived for most all mission students. It's not the full-on three month vacation kids get in some parts of the world. New grades will start up at the beginning of April. But for the next two weeks, text books will be happily swapped for lighter reading.
Many of the girls are huge readers and frequent trips to our library have been a popular excursion. With so many books available, children are free to check two books out at a time. As the only lending library for miles around, the Samartha Saxena Learning Resource Center is a huge asset for our kids.
It's also harvest time for our mustard crop once again and the small boys are busy loading, hauling and dumping it, preparing to remove the small seeds that are pressed into oil. It's a dusty, scratchy job in the hot sun that the boys mostly do with a smile.
It certainly isn't all work for the boys. Clifton led a trip to the jungle this week for some river swimming. With the weather getting warmer, everyone was up for some cold water splashing around. If water wasn't your thing, there was plenty of mud to bake in. Either way, it was a fun break from the mustard fields and a chance to cool off.
While all this was going on, the Mission University crew met with David Sir, our school principal for individual counseling sessions. It's time to decide what each student will be studying and time to get serious about applications. There are more than 100,000 Universities in India, so how do you know which one to choose. Our principal has lots of experience in this area and his advice was extremely helpful.
So far in our group we have kids studying Nursing, Physics, English, Architecture, Bio-tech, Forestry, Physical Education, Political Science and Social Work!
With the warm weather returning, we've also seen the return of some beautiful butterflies this week. To see the colorful creatures flitting through the green wheat fields is something that reminds us all just how lucky we are to be a part of this world. Wherever you are, we hope spring is brightening up your world as much as these little pixies are brightening up ours.
The boys helping clear some mustard from a trailor
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