On a recent trip to India we visited two local schools that receive support from Tree of Life. The schools are in a little town named Dhablepur, located in a rural part of Maharashtra state, effected by drought and poverty. The Touch of Love charity that works in the town is one of the main avenues through which Tree of Life gives back to India, the source of much of our merchandise. The charity was selected because of it’s whole-hearted focus on the needs of children, and in particular their health, nourishment and education.
Tree of Life provides the uniforms, tuition costs, and a nourishing midday meal for each child that attends. The meal is an important guard against malnourishment in this poverty-stricken area.
We fell in love with the clear eyes and sweet gazes of the kids.
During our visit we talked to the children and teachers, played games and shared a simple lunch. There was a lot of excitement for the chocolate treats and ball games!
Younger brothers and sisters came along for the sweet treats. We loved this little boy’s drum major outfit…(note the chocolatey face and lolly-wrappers too)!
A dononation of a full cricket kit was the best moment. These kids are cricket-crazy.
The school’s principal is a very sweet and caring man. He takes extra care of a young disabled girl (standing to his left), who is included in classroom activities.
We also visited the town’s mud-brick homes and donated rice and pulses to families in the area.
Our trip ended with a visit to the nearby Ellora Caves, a reminder of the incredibly rich and diverse heritage of India. We fell in love all over again with the colour and vibrancy of this country we are so lucky to work in.