This morning were the presentations about our experience. Overall these went well. I was quite happy with mine although I wished I could have done it without notes and been more confident. We were given our certificates, along with some stationary.
I was pleased to discover that I had been awarded a distinction, although I wasn’t told this until after I had received my certificate. Those who went to the NGO for disabled children received a certificate and the people who went to the Old Age home (Matt, Tom, Lucy, Louise and I) also received chocolates as a “token of love” which was a lovely surprise.
Afterwards we went to lunch and rehearsed our performances. Tonight will be the performances, dinner, our votes of thanks and some celebrations. I’m looking forward to it although I need to practice the Street Dance a bit more. I’m also hoping to pack as we are leaving early tomorrow. It’s going to be difficult to bring every that I want to back as I don’t think there will be enough room in my suitcase!
Today we went to Katha again for the Founders Day celebrations. This involved watching the Student Council Oath Taking Ceremony and the graduation of the students, as well as musical performances from them. We were given snacks and left a little after 1 to work on our cultural performances and presentation back on campus. I was very busy this evening because I am taking part in the Indian Dance, the Street Dance, the song and also contributing to the presentation tomorrow.
Today all of us went to Katha. All of those who had been working at Katha gave a presentation about what we had been doing. The children also gave presentations. The way in which they presented tended to be very confident and enthusiastic, which I was very impressed about. However we couldn’t understand a lot of it because some of it was in Hindi.
Afterwards all of us went into the local slums. We went into the little shop run by one of the women we spoke to and lots of people spent a long time buying things there. One lady also showed a few of us her home, which was small but well-kept. It comprised one room, about half of which was taken up by a bed on which there was a baby, a man and a woman. The walls were covered in posters of Hindu Gods. The lady showed us a photo of her family. Later on some people went to the Youth Parliament to continue their work. We later joined them and many of us got ice creams from a nearby stand.