DAY9:BACK TO SCHOOL

With some of us back into the full Udayan routine, the day began with morning prayer and wake up exercise on the courts. Later on we joined the penultimate exam candidates on the way to three centres for their physical science exam. The boys we accompanied will be leaving Udayan this weekend. Tomorrow is their last exam and then they head back to their homes on Sunday. Some of these boys have been here since they were three years old and now leave at 16 or 18. Apart from the three, two-week holidays they have each year, it must still be a bittersweet return home to ‘normal life’. Many will become the main source of income for their families. One boy admitted that he will be very sad to leave and is already looking forward to getting back together on results day

Following this we visited a local girls’ school that doubled up as a Tardis – we were shocked by the sheer number of students in such a small facility with five to a bench, 75 in a room, and 1,800 students overall with just 30 full-time teachers teaching seven subjects: Bengali, English, Maths, Life Science, Physical Science, Geography and History. Passing by classes, some even without teachers supervising, the focus, calm and dedication to learning was admirable. Both Miss St. Ledger and the Sixth form Executive were amazed at the level of respect they showed to both staff and senior pupils. The classrooms consist of chalk and blackboards with a few textbooks pens and paper, a contrast to the luxury of power-point, projection, photocopying, and interactive whiteboards.

The 18 pupils about to pass out of Class X after their exams. The boys will be returning home to attend local colleges or to find work. The girls are able to stay at Udayan. Approximately 57 new children will be joining in May.

On return, a dance rehearsal for our last night ‘programme’ took place in the newly named (by us) “Brother Bachchan’s Academy for Creative Movement”. The routine was quickly picked up and the group can’t wait to perform tomorrow on our last night. However ‘Aankah Marey’ is now stuck in our heads thanks to Liam and his constant singing…

The group decided to end the day with a mixture of sports including badminton, football and Duck-Duck-Goose (Taught by Olivia). We are making the most of our last days with the children before we leave. We are already planning our trips back, life at Udayan is too good to never see again!

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DAY8:TEACHING & LEARNING

19 February 2019 | Read full article and comments

It was another eventful yet amazing day at Udayan, and the group are more than happy to be back to literally the happiest place on earth!

DAY7:A WEEK IN INDIA. A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES.

DAY7:A WEEK IN INDIA. A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES.

17 February 2019 | Read full article and comments

The Gospel from mass reminded us all of the talents and gifts we have been granted, urging us to fully utilise these. Udayan and our time in India has been the perfect opportunity to fulfil this potential.

DAY5/6:CALCUTTA/KOLKATA

DAY5/6:CALCUTTA/KOLKATA

16 February 2019 | Read full article and comments

DAY5/6 Rest Day

Day 5 and 6 were an opportunity for the team to get a bit of rest – the whole trip so far had been pretty relentless since the cancelled flights had caused some to have a 36 hour day, followed by three intense days at Udayan then visits to Titagarh, the ABC and ICOD.

DAY4:THE HOLIEST MAN I EVER MET

DAY4:THE HOLIEST MAN I EVER MET

14 February 2019 | Read full article and comments

A very different wake up this morning, it was the first night in the hotel – and we didn’t have curry for breakfast! Everyone is missing Udayan loads but was really excited for an amazing day that has been planned.

DAY3:THE GREAT DIVIDE

DAY3:THE GREAT DIVIDE

13 February 2019 | Read full article and comments

Another 5am start! All members of the group were up and eager for prayer and exercises, except for Liam… (he claims he was engaged in private prayer) and were beginning to settle into a routine at Udayan.

DAY2:5am KARATE SESSIONS BEFORE TAKING THE KIDS TO SCHOOL

DAY2:5am KARATE SESSIONS BEFORE TAKING THE KIDS TO SCHOOL

12 February 2019 | Read full article and comments

At 5am, the day starts with the children singing their hearts out at prayer, after which they beckoned us with ‘Hi Sisters!’ and excitedly guide us to their morning karate workout.

DAY 1:WELCOME & PUJA

DAY 1:WELCOME & PUJA

11 February 2019 | Read full article and comments

Due to our connecting flight from Mumbai to Kolkata being cancelled, our group was split in two…

Vicky summarises her time at Udayan back in 2015

3 February 2019 | Read full article and comments

With 6 days to go until we depart for Kolkata to visit Udayan, Vicky McMillan who visited Udayan back in 2015 shares her experiences of her time in Kolkata and Udayan.

Sophia provides her thoughts on the 2019 trip to Udayan

Sophia provides her thoughts on the 2019 trip to Udayan

26 January 2019 | Read full article and comments

With 14 days to go until the 2019 group of Year 13 students from St Joan of Arc Catholic School set off for India to visit Udayan – our whole school charity, Sophia, one of the students on the trip tells us how she’s feeling about the trip.

Team 2019

Team 2019

25 January 2019 | Read full article and comments

Another team is getting ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime to visit the Children of Udayan.