Month: August 2014

2014 Overview

The 2014 team have now all returned to the UK, and so now is a good time to just recap on the projects that we have supported this year, and a little bit of the impact we have had. In order to get a visual idea of this project, Tamsin has made this short video: YMCA…
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August 23, 2014 0

Random acts of kindness…

Today has been busy… At 7am Rob, Sarah, Chloe, Steven and Frances set off to go to Kanchipuram, a local temple town, to see the temple’s and be blessed by an elephant. The rest of us had breakfast at 8.30am and began our day as usual. Ran a few errands and prepared to go and…
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August 17, 2014 0

The end is near…

I can hardly believe it but we are in the last few days of this year’s Chennai Challenge project.  It has been amazing, and we have seen so much to make us excited and happy about the work of the YMCA and Oasis in Chennai.  We have been busy since we last wrote a blog…
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August 17, 2014 2

Yelagiri Hills by Mary Palmer!

Vanakam! We have just arrived back at the YMCA Vepery after an awesome few days with the YMCA Kottivakam boys in the Yelagiri hills where we lead an activity holiday for them. Day 1 of Yelagiri began with a six hour bus journey (with stops for ice cream and biscuits!) with all of the 58…
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August 15, 2014 0

A trip around Chennai

Hello and welcome to day 5 in the Chennai Challenge camp. We started the day today with an awesome thought for the day from Scary Mary (she’s not really scary-its an in joke). We all read a bit of a poem about being special and individuals and then we all drew around both of our…
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August 7, 2014 0

Day 4: English Lessons, afterschool clubs and Rain!

Hello all and vanakam! (From Mary A.K.A Pretty Green!) I’m chilling very comfortably in the air conditioned, wi-fi equipped reception of YMCA Vepery. I’ve opted out of shopping after a lovely team dinner at ‘the Ritz’ (obviously not ‘THE Ritz’) as to be honest, I’m all shopped out! Today has been most productive, beginning with…
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August 6, 2014 0

Right time, wrong place…

Having already written this post once, and having lost it whilst uploading the ice cream picture, here is a shorter version of what might have been, in this place itself, previously. We had breakfast together then Team meeting. The Thought For the Day this morning was from Suzanne and allowed us to ponder on poverty,…
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August 4, 2014 0

Vanakkam from Joy & Joy!

After having dinner at the Doveton Cafe and spilling curry down ANOTHER SHIRT, I am blogging in a squashed up internet cafe with Tamsin, Mary and Sarah (who are on the other side of the room which is abit pants). We also have free wifi at the YMCA we’re staying at, but I felt that…
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August 3, 2014 1

From paper giraffes to paper planes…!

Vanakam! Sarah and Mary (Sar and Mar) here, sitting in “Joy and Joy internet cafe”. We’ve just had a yummy dinner at Doveton Cafe – well deserved we think after a busy day! The first challenge this morning was Isaac’s “Thought of the Day” – to construct an animal – a giraffe no less! –…
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August 3, 2014 0

Travelling

Day One of Chennai Challenge already has involved a number of challenges.  The first of which was travelling to the airport.  For a couple of the team a slightly irritating travelling up to the Midlands last night in order to get to Manchester airport for 6am only to arrive back in the city they live…
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August 1, 2014 1