Congratulations…It’s A Boy!

The India Trip would like you to meet Satish, the newest member of the Peddie community.  Satish is six years old and is from the Ejipura neighborhood of Bangalore, India, where he and his family of five live on $130 per month in a 40-square-foot asbestos house.  Satish is an excellent student and a brilliant dancer; he can moonwalk better than Michael Jackson and we have the video to prove it!  He also loves sports, singing and art.
The members of the India trip met Satish on Tuesday morning at his school, a Parikrma Foundation school for poor children, primarily orphans and children from Bangalore's slums.  We learned some stark lessons at Parikrma about globalization and some of the reasons why large groups of people are being left behind (more on that in a later blog post), but more importantly we met these wonderful children who are working hard to learn English and prepare themselves for the 21st century.
It was a very moving experience, and at the end of the morning our group voted to spend some of its food money to sponsor a child for a year. (Just to put this into perspective, the price of supporting a child for a year was the price of two meals for our group.)  Our group agreed to make some small sacrifices over the course of the trip in order to sponsor one of these needy children who had touched our hearts.  As far as I know, this is a first for Peddie; kids on Peddie trips usually become great friends, but this is the first time they have ever adopted a child together!  :-)
We were extremely pleased to discover today that the child we were assigned is one of the vibrant kindergarteners we had met while we were at the school, the memorable Satish of moon-walking fame.  Satish will receive an English-medium education that will qualify him for a local Indian college, and Parikrma will continue to support him through college and beyond, sticking with him until he lands a good job after college.  The students on the India Trip hope that Peddie will stick with Satish as well, and plan to start a student club to raise the money for Satish's annual sponsorship.

If you would like to learn more about the Parikrma Foundation, you can click on the following link to watch a brief video that they've made to explain what they do and why it's important: