The last three days in Delhi have been a complete whirlwind. We have been on the move visiting our NGO partners for Social Good Moms to learn more about their work on the ground. Being in Delhi is like being at the forefront of humanity. The buzz of mass civilization frenzies around you and engulfs all your senses. There is so much going on at any one moment that it is hard not to blink your eyes in amazement. To make the experience of being here even more surreal, the temperature has been dizzyingly high averaging around 114 degrees F/46C. In a crowded city of over 20 million people, the heat just adds to the intensity of the place.
Our first day was spent resting and recovering after our long journey to India. It took us over 30 hours to finally arrive in Delhi and the time change (Delhi is 11.5 hours ahead of Minneapolis time) has been hard to adjust to. Day two was spent visiting a small Delhi-based NGO called Protsahan that provides a unique approach to education for street children in the urban slums by using the arts. Day three was spent visiting India-based NGO Pratham who also works in education for underpriviledged children in the urban slums of India. Both visits were amazing and we learned a lot about how these NGOs are working with these children to give them a future.
I will go into the specific details of each visit and what we learned in a future post. However, in the meantime I wanted to share a small selection of instagram photos I’ve taken over the past three days in India to give you a feel for our trip so far.
beautiful photos! Thank you very much for sharing. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed! 🙂
A narrative is seen in each image. Well done.
Thanks! It is quite the place, like nowhere I’ve ever been and nothing I’ve ever seen. Incredible.
The light in the children’s eyes, amidst the abject poverty, is so touching.
Yes indeed. The children always smiled for us. It was hard to see yet offered a glimpse of hope.
Already two NGO’s and you’ve only been there for three days – I’m impressed. It must be absolutely amazing to see this side of Delhi. Love the photos. I hope jet lag isn’t hitting you as badly as it is me.
Thanks Jessica! It was AMAZING! Can’t wait to share more. I’m so incredibly tired though and leave on Friday again for Toronto to the TBEX travel bloggers conference. Then I’m done for awhile and can play catch up on my blog!
So envious you’re going to TBEX! I wanted to go – but it was just too far away this time. Have fun!
The flip side of Delhi…..a learning experience
Yes, it was unbelievably eye-opening. Still trying to digest everything I saw and learned. More soon!
India looks like a small country with a lot of people in it. These photos show how real it is about the poverty they live in & how they have so much togetherness with each other as opposed to some of the places here in the states. In the states, there is so much that we as a country believe in without trying to find out what is good for us & suffer from the consequences & still don’t learn.. Thanks for bringing this post to your blog as it is good to see about other countries as well when I as a person haven’t been able to leave the states at all. Have a good day & hope you will return to my blog soon!
Thanks for the comment. I am still trying to digest everything from that trip. It was truly eye-opening. More soon on my blog. 🙂
The details are in the photos. Wonderful! Try to stay cool. I noticed several pairs of blue jeans strung on the lines. How do they wear blue jeans in that heat?
People wear the long clothing to not be completely burned by the sun. It was the most intense heat I’ve EVER experienced. Insane! 120 and so many people. More soon!
Couldn’t wait to see what you’d post!
More soon! Lots more to come!
I love all the colors and what beautiful children. I’m really proud of you!
Thanks! It was the most insanely eye-opening travel experience I’ve ever had in my life. Still trying to digest everything I saw and learned. More will come soon! Lots more to share!
Even though you are in the middle of an impoverished area, the light in those children’s eyes and the colors in the materials is just beautiful!
Yes so true Jennifer. The children’s smiles were beautiful.
Thank you for taking me to India 🙂 Gorgeous photos!!XXX
You’re welcome! 🙂