10 February 2005

Although the children at Udayan wake at 5:00 am, it was 6:30 before they found where we were sleeping and woke us up with cries of ‘Good morning!’. We had breakfast, and then played with the children before finishing setting up the computers.

Dodds and some Udayan boys

Shortly after breakfast, Mrs Weldon arrived, and we set off with 4 of the children to a leper colony on the outskirts of Kolkata. The children were going to see their parents – around 25 children come from the same leper colony that we visited. All of the people living in the colony have been cured of leprosy through the use of modern medicines. However the scars of the disease still remain; many have lost the use of their fingers and even hands in more severe cases. All of the parents received us with warmth, and were happy to invite us into their small houses, obviously proud of their children and their home.

The leper colony

Mrs Weldon at the leper colony

On returning to Udayan, the children had recreational time, and so we joined in with a game of cricket and football, although they were vastly better at cricket than us. They were fascinated with us playing cards, having never seen any English cards before. The children had been shy yesterday, but today they were bubbling with confidence and had great amusement at our attempts to sing the Indian songs they tried to teach us.

In the evening, James Stevens arrived with his wife and brother, and the children of Udayan put on some entertainment. We had also taken time to prepare some acts, with Jenny coordinating some gymnastics, Natalie and Sinead singing and us all taking part in a balancing pyramid. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel and went straight to bed, all exhausted from our two days at Udayan.

Udayan boys performing gymnastics

We apologise for the lack of pictures yesterday: we had some technical problems at Udayan.


Mrs Dyt

@ 5153 days ago

Hello everyone,
I am really impressed and excited to see your photos and what you have been up to on your travels. It is finally Friday morning here - we are all very happy to have a break. Everyone has been praying for you and thinking of you each day.We can't wait to see you all again and hope you stay happy and healthy.
See you soon.
Mrs Dyt

Mark Thorpe

@ 5153 days ago

Hi All.

Great site. Love the updates. Glad to see the computers had arrived Ok and hope you were able to set them up with out to much trouble. Let me know how it all went when you get back. Enjoy the rest of your stay.


jan ridley

@ 5153 days ago

Class 5 wanted to send you a group message before we all break up for half term. We have really enjoyed tracking your progress and looking at the super photos. Enjoy the rest of your time and have a safe trip back.

Gerry Ö B

@ 5152 days ago

Thanks so much for the photos and commentary and Tom especially for the website. Have been able to keep up even though in Estonia! Keep up the good work.
Gerry O B - Dad x

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