With the monsoon finished and the celebrations of Durga Puja over, the end of Diwali signalled a reignited excitement for the India project and another visit in November to look at practical ways we can help to keep momentum going.
Heading along the new highways for the ever shorter drive out to Baduria, bustling Kolkata gives way to the growing suburbs fading in to lush green fields and monsoon soaked lakes. It really is a beautiful time of year.
As we pulled into the gates which just 6 months ago we had left full of good intentions, we were proudly presented with the recently completed ‘toilet block’ that had been the cause of such a long delay. Clearly our partners in India had been very busy despite the rains and festivals of the past few months.
In truth this building holds much more hope than simply being a toilet block, this will be a recreation area and a place for employees to rest and relax. I’m filled with hope that not only are the women who we are supporting through the project benefiting but that the well being of all the employees is a priority.
Photo Credit: An idol Durga being immersed in river Yamuna, after the completion of five days Durga Puja Festival, on October 17, 2010. P D Photo by Debatosh Sengupta