Today has been a very busy busy day, starting off at 5:30am with a hike to see the sun rise. Later in the morning, while most of the group played with the children and continued to paint the school, we took part in an important conversation. We discussed ways to strengthen and further develop the bond between our schools and communities. After that, we returned home to get ready for a community celebration that would take place later that evening. The women of our host families got us ready by helping us put on our saris, decorating our hair with traditional flowers, and doing our make up. The community said farewell to us and the children performed dances, songs, and skits. This was followed by a communal dinner, where we ate a famous dish of the region called popti. It was a delicious meal of smoked chicken, eggs, and vegetables. Needless to say it has been a busy day full of tradition and beauty. We think we speak for us all when we say we are sad to be leaving Chinchoti in the morning.
Love from India,
Meghan & Katie A