If you visit India during the Holi Festival of Colours, be sure to take some old clothes with you as the coloured dry powder paint that everyone throws over each other does stain your clothes. For best effect, wear white and your clothes will look spectacular with the multi-coloured effect!
Normally, the children – who all live below the poverty level in a remote village not far from Udaipur, in Rajasthan, come to school in their school uniforms but today most of them are wearing their home clothes.
We are 5 ladies spending a couple of weeks in Udaipur at this Social Enterprise and have been visiting this school in the mornings to help with health promotion and teaching English, art & craft. However, everything stops for Holi and we were happy to join in.
The kids are great in that they include us in the celebration and are very gentle with us, painting our faces with all the different coloured paints.
In the afternoons, we visit a home for Destitute and Orphaned Boys and normally do fun after school activities with them – play a game, show them a copy of National Geographic and discuss all the photos and advertisements, do a project that helps with English or Maths, something arty, play some sport – basically share with them our skills This week we have been helping some of the older boys prepare for their English exams.
We got the same treatment at the Boys home too!
For a full definition of Holi – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi
(If you would like to know more about volunteering in Udaipur, India with this social enterprise – teaching in the rural school in the mornings and visiting a Home for Destitute and Orphaned Boys after school at around 5pm to help give them a boost, then take a look at our website www.volunteervacations.co.uk and click on India. You can also drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a ring on 07833 208 158.)