A big thank you to Fred Uncle (Ripley) from Nashville for his recent donation, some of which was spent on new shoes – 27 pairs in total. The note with the donation said “be frivolous” so they are shoes for outings, not the plastic shoes which we wear in the garden, nor school shoes. We have enjoyed ice cream a few times too and several trips to the swimming pool. All a big treat for our kids.
We are now buying all the supplies for the new school year – nothing is free here – the schools have raised their fees, the books are more expensive, the school bus costs almost as much as the monthly fee.! I wish we had our own van. One day I hope.
Many thanks to Colleen Auntie and her brother Bill Boland for their donations towards our future solar power. I have spent $300 of it on an invertor – which provides one light per room back up during power cuts. What a treat it is too. It was not so easy to begin with and we broke the first one on the second day (it was under warranty and replaced). Now there is no excuse for not studying and for poor grades.
Our Govinda did well in his exams only failing in one subject instead of the usual five! and his behaviour has improved tremendously. Manisha failed in three subjects and will stay back in class 4 and Babu didn’t do so well either, failing in two. The other kids passed but some just scraped by. Perhaps it was changing schools yet again that affected them – we certainly have enough tutors and extra help for them so we will have to see what happens next year when there are no excuses.
There are 27 children here in total during the holidays including Laxmi’s three children, Kamala’s three brothers and the cleaning ladies two. And I wonder why I am tired at night. Tired but happy I might add. Today we celebrated small Maya’s and small Rojina’s birthday – and cut one cake into forty slices. Better a small bit than none at all.