A sponsored trip to the water park!!
Dear Kranti Friends,
In these few weeks, we have all been VERY busy at Kranti (with four birthdays!) and also at school because we have exams. It has been only one month since we started school in India. Me, Sheetal and Pinky are studying in NIOS, which is National Institute of Open Schooling. This is for students who have not been to school regularly and can give the exam after they study.
We are also busy because in this month, a big Indian TV channel, NDTV, is making a documentary on Kranti. This means for two weeks, they are following us everywhere – classes, therapy, theatre, etc. The documentary will be on YouTube soon, so I will send a link when ready!
In a few days, on 11 October, it is International Day of the Girl Child. We recognize this day in India because girls in India face so many problems, like early marriage, no education, trafficking, etc. On the 11th, Sheetal will be giving a speech about this year’s theme, “Innovation of Education.” Just today, one Indian newspaper wrote about Kranti for Day of the Girl Child. You can read it below.
We have also been busy because we Revolutionaries have started a new program for our mothers. Every month, we bring our mothers to Kranti for two days and one night. Here, we share stories, learn from each other and enjoy our time together. Next weekend we are doing the next mothers’ weekend and we will be talking to our mothers about gender inequality. I am responsible for planning this session and I am both excited and nervous. I am putting photos from our September mothers’ program.
And, of course, we have been traveling like always. We took 3 days to travel to central India where there are a lot of water problems because of flooding from dams and also the government is stealing farmers’ land. We met thousands of farmers, learned about their problems and got to travel by boat for two days! It was a big learning experience for all of us because in Mumbai we never know how many problems the rest of India is facing, especially poor farmers.
Our most exciting news, though….for Diwali, we are going to…are you ready??? We are going to BHUTAN!!! In case you don’t know, Bhutan is a small, neighboring country of India. It has only 700K people, and the capital, Timphu, has no traffic lights! We are excited to visit such an interesting place. It is VERY strange for all of us Revolutionaries because we grew up in Mumbai, obviously one of the biggest and busiest cities of the world. Last year, we went to Kashmir, which was also very different for us. Just like we did in Kashmir, we will be trekking in the Himalayas, meditating at monasteries and visiting some NGOs. All togheter, we will be traveling 18 days. I promise to send photos of Bhutan in my next report.
Until then, I wish you all a happy Diwali (it is the biggest holiday in India, like Christmas in the USA) and I will write after we get back from Bhutan.
Hugs and thanks to all of you,
Laxmi (And all the Revolutionaries)
Swimming with moms!
Family dinner with moms
Sheetal and her mom
Visiting landless farmers
Rani turns 13!