|Mayapuri slum, where we are based, is immediately beside the main railway line heading west out of Delhi|
There are three aspects to our work:
First, we spend the mornings working in the ASHA community centre: it has become a little run down in recent years, and the walls need to be painted: to add a note of extra brightness, we are painting a mural of Noah's Ark in the children's room. You can see the photos below.
Second, in the afternoons, we spend time teaching children - both specifically teaching them English, and also doing crafts activities. Today we made face masks with them, decorated with feathers, stickers, fake jewels etc. Again, a few pics below.
And third, we just interact with folk here. Our presence makes them feel less like "forgotten people", and they enjoy talking with us, playing with us and just being together. It is difficult to explain the value of this - you really need to be here to understand.
One of us - Pete - is also doing a specific project - carrying out a questionnaire survey of street dogs and rabies here. You can read his separate blogs on this by clicking here.
It's busy - the days fly in - and it's an intense experience. More later!
|Joyce getting started|
|Ella drawing around the notice board|
|Mike, Emma and Gwen drawing the outline of Noah and his Ark|
|Linzi painting ducks|
|Joyce's tree is taking shape|
|One of the clinic walls that needs redecorated|
|Joanne and her English class|
|Rachel and Joyce teaching crafts|
|Mike has stripped back the wall already|
|A few of the many street dogs in the slum|