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  • : The Handimachal Programme for disabled children, Kullu, India
  • The Handimachal Programme for disabled children, Kullu, India
  • : In the (blue) House of the Himalayas, in Kullu (Himachal Pradesh, India), discover and follow the progress of the Handimachal project for disabled children.
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February 17 2010 4 17 /02 /February /2010 06:44
On 17 February, the Handimachal team in Kullu organised a farewell party for Evert at the end of his six month mission.  His mother and his girlfriend Daniela (a speech therapist) were there, as well as some local volunteers such as our friend Hem Raj Thakur (from Old Manali) and Shakti Singh from NAB school for blind children.  Some of the disabled children who received treatment from Evert were invited and all of them came to the party with their parents.

The party was both full of joy and emotion, with parents saying thank you to Evert and  Evert holding back his tears, exchanging presents and sharing a huge cream cake:  these are the happy moments you will discover in the dedicated photo album

We are immensely grateful to Evert for his devotion to the children and to the project, his efficiency, his ability to listen to others and adapt to entirely different environment and culture.  We wish him all the best for his new life in the Netherlands and whole-heartedly hope to see him in Kullu again.

On the previous Saturday, for Shrivatri festival, our small team hiked all the way up to Bijli Mahadev temple with thousands of pilgrims.  From that beautiful hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the view on the Kullu valley and surrounding 5000 meter peaks is breathtaking.  This was the occasion for a small puja (prayer) so that the Gods of the valley may "favour" the next volunteer's arrival at the beginning of April:  we are keeping our fingers crossed and anxiously waiting for her final confirmation...

Esti puja

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