DAY 5

15 February 2013

Today we met Brother Gaston which was a brilliant experience. He was a very inspirational man with many stories to tell. His interfaith ideology defines his way of life, which he shares with the many members of ICOD community. The women who live in the community with Gaston had all undergone traumatic experiences. The centre provides a safe haven for them, where they receive care 24 hours a day. After visiting some of the residents we walked over to the House of Prayer, where Gaston went on to tell us how he came to be in India. We were amazed to hear that he lived by choice in the slums, and was in fact the inspiration behind Dominique Lapierre’s ‘City Of Joy’. What was most incredible was his commitment to his mission; when he first arrived in India he spoke none of the native languages, and survived by relying mostly on the goodwill of the slum dwellers. It truly was a memorable visit.
We look forward to the ‘tour of all tours’ tomorrow led by Mrs Weldon around Kolkata. Hopefully you will hear from us tomorrow evening!

Comments:

Clive and Eleanor Nicoll

@ 1680 days ago

We received your message from Hannah. We are really enjoying following your journey and the very happy smiling faces of all the children. Can’t wait for you to return and hear all about your visit in great detail.
All our love, Granny and Grandad. xxxx

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