On Wednesday I was finally able to go to the school run by Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (the NGO I’m working for) in Anupshahr. It was amazing to see the girls and the work they are doing, as well as getting out of the Delhi office to see the school firsthand.
It’s about a 3 hour drive from Delhi, so we arrived in the middle of the school day, at about 11 am. My friend, and coworker, Shruti showed me around the entire campus – I saw the classrooms, the computer lab, the vocational training rooms, the cafeteria, the playground, and met some girls. By the time we had finished our tour it was break time for some of the girls and they were playing football (the real football; not the American kind.) My job was to take pictures to post and use in pamphlets, but I really wanted to play. I asked Shruti if I could and she said, “Of course!” and then I went to the field to ask the girls if I could play- they were happy to have me!
It was an absolute blast! It was so much fun to do something with the girls that I love doing in the United States. It reminded me of all the time I spent playing during recess when I was in elementary school, which are definitely some of my fondest memories.They helped me feel like a kid again and I’m very grateful for that. It really helped show me how similar the interests of these girls are to young children who go to school in the U.S.