The book is finished!

Good news! My book on my travels in India is finally finished and I can’t wait to share it with you!

For those of you who requested it as perk it will be shipping the first week of May.

For the rest of you, if you would like to purchase a copy it is available as both a soft cover and an e-book.

Soft cover: http://blur.by/1JL2gk9

e-book: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/526876-india

Book Cover - India, a journey of color & chaos & wonder!
Book Cover – India, a journey of color & chaos & wonder!

Our first morning at Anwesha

Our first morning at Anwesha began with a colorful welcoming ceremony. There was tribal singing, drumming, dancing, smiles and laughter. We were adorned with red marks on our foreheads, blessed with special herbs, draped in marigold garlands and festive scarves! This truly set the tone for the rest of our visit.

back from India

I returned home to Asheville two weeks ago. After playing what seems like non-stop catch-up, I finally have some time to reflect on my time in India.

Woman's hands - Thar Desert
Woman’s hands – Thar Desert

Every moment was amazing – I won’t go into great depth today – I am just so excited to finally be able to start uploading photos for you all to see!

Women of the Thar Desert
Women of the Thar Desert

India – first update

image

At last a free moment to post an update!

We have all been very busy cleaning and painting while waiting for the playground Wholefoods donated to arrive. It has been stuck at the Bangladesh border for days due to a strike. We have been told it will arrive today!

The 61 children were broken up into 13 groups.

I’d like to introduce you to my group who range in age from 5 to 11:

Priyanka

Dipa

Ripan

And brother and sister Purnima and
Akash

Just 40 hours left to raise $925.00

Just 40 hours left to raise $925.00 –

That is all I need to reach my goal of $3500.00

I can’t believe that the campaign is almost over and the goal is so close!

DSCN1603-300x225
I have been asked why do I go on these trips – I can only answer by saying it feels right to me. I have been given so many opportunities through my life and career – it just feels right to give back.

How can I ask people for money? Well I honestly could not afford to do this work without the kindness of others. There are many people who dream about doing what I do but for many reasons cannot – this is a way for them to share in my journey. This is a way for them to make a difference!

So today with just 40 hours left I am asking for you to help me reach my goal.

If 10 people donate $100.00 I will reach my goal

If 19 people donate $50.00 I will reach my goal

If 37 people donate $25.00 I will reach my goal

If 93 people donate $10.00 I will reach my goal

Why should you donate?
Your donation will help a child rescued from child traffickers and violent abuse have a much better chance in life. We (the team of us) are going to clean, paint, build – but we are also going to play with the kids and give them big hugs – to let them know that there are good people in the world.

At the Anwesha Children’s Home these children are taught many of the basics we take for granted – which can be as simple as personal hygiene – they are given an education – something a lot of the rural children living in poverty do not get. There is a counselor living on-site to help them through the rough patches.

These children have been given a second chance – a second chance to have a childhood, a second chance grow up and become strong and productive adults.
Who knows what they will accomplish?

If you cannot donate – please help me by spreading the word – tell your friends, family and co-workers.

Here is a link to my Indiegogo campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stories-of-hope-varanasi-returning-to-india

Thank you,
Linda