Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Another day in Mayapuri slum

The Greystones team of niine volunteers are just back in from another busy day at the ASHA community centre in the Mayapuri slum..... the routine of painting in the mornings then engaging with the children in the afternoons continues..... the captions under each picture explain what's going on in each one.
Some of the Greystones volunteers - Linzi, Ella, Joanna, Rachel, Emma and Joyce - with ASHA children

This little girl does not attend ASHA - she's expected to work, and she has a magnet on a stick that she uses to rake through rubbish, trying to collect metal to sell. Children like her are allowed into the ASHA yard, where they play with everyone who's there, but their parents can't afford for them not to work, so they can't go to school 
These school children are regular attendees of the ASHA after-school classes

She's a non-ASHA girl who loves to dance... 
The express train travels at speed, just a few feet away from children playing

The "main street" of the slum is right on the railway tracks

This girl lives in a one room home with her family of six - she's proud of her school book

Here's Joanna, with two new friends

This lady had both her legs severed by the train when she was 8 years old

This dog had one back leg severed by the train and somehow survived with no veterinary intervention. There must be many deaths of humans and animals caused by the proximity of the trains

This is Pooja and her adoptive father. She is named after the Pooja Express, one of the fast trains that travels on these tracks. She was found on the rail tracks as a newborn baby who had been flushed down the train toilet. As a baby girlm she was not wanted. She somehow survived, and this man and his wife took her on, despite the fact that they could not afford her. ASHA has helped them financially and she's growing up as a bright, friendly girl.
Pooja - one of ASHA's miracles

Thick mud due to broken drains on the way into the slum

Pete is carrying out a survey into street dogs and rabies while hes here

The room painting is coming on well 
Meanwhile ASHA's community health work continues - this lady is having an antenatal blood pressure check

ASHA's computer classroom is one of the rooms that we don't need to decorate - it already looks good

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