The Garo Hills Diary

Rose and Niki with newborns

From Niki and Rose on their March 2018 visit

Message 1: Wednesday 7th March 2018

Message 2: Thursday 8th March 2018

Message 3: Monday 12th March 2018

Message 4: Return to Stourport

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Message 1: Wednesday 7th March 2018

Hi Everyone,

We arrived safely and are having a lovely time seeing so many familiar faces and plenty of new ones too. We are having real trouble with the Internet and mobile connection hence this is the first news of our adventures since arriving last Friday.

In the photo (above) you can see us at one of Bakdil's Primary Health Centres. We have two new babies, which they have named in our honour... Stephanie and Tom-Davies! They are wearing hats and blankets from the Knit and Natter group which have gone down really well with Sr Riya.

Walked for an hour today over very uneven terrain to a remote village in temperatures into the high 20s. It was very hard to resist going for a dip in the river with the locals.

We will be celebrating International Women's Day in Tura on Thursday and Niki will be giving a speech on "Women's Self Help Groups as an opportunity for solidarity for Women's issues".

We will try and keep in touch as best we can.

Love to all

Niki & Rose

Message 2: Thursday 8th March 2018

Photos from the International Women's Day Meeting where Niki addressed 4,000 people

Niki under the International Women's Day banner

Niki makes her speech at International Women's Day


Other International Women's Day speakers

Message 3: Monday 12th March 2018

Hi all

Just to let you know we are all fine. We've had a busy few days, travelling to villages to spend time with women in Self Help Groups (SHGs).

I've been doing all the driving and as usual some roads are better than others.....back from Dalu on Saturday we covered 12km in an hour because the road was so poor.

As ever we are being fed really well and drinking very sweet tea and hot milk in the villages.

The weather is beautiful but a little windy at times which throws up a lot of dust. There are also plenty of mosquitoes who seem to fancy a bit of foreign blood!

Plenty of projects going on here and Sunny and his staff are very busy. The Malaria programme continues, as does the Farmers project, and other SHG projects.

The Primary Health Centres are taking part in the national 3 day polio vaccination programme from the 12-14 March but they will take a few more days to do it as some villages are so hard to reach.

The State Bank of India is coming to the office today as they want Bakdil to run an initiative to create 5 model villages with a project value of £500,000. Another huge project to manage if it goes ahead.

So much going on here.

See you all soon.

Love Niki and Rose. X

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Message 4: Return to Stourport

Well we left for India in the snow and arrived back in the UK to snow and enjoyed temperatures up to 30 degrees in between.

It was a very successful and enjoyable trip, thankfully with no upset tummies.

We visited many villages, seeing the great work being done by the members of the SHGs... the first village bakery, piggeries, poultry farming, growing vegetables to be sold at market etc.

We stayed at Wageasi PHC overnight with Sr. Riya and saw Little Helen and Little Niki (both now 6) and Little Rose-Paul, just 14 months. The blankets, hats and hand puppets made by the Knit and Natter group at church went down very well with the new mothers we met.

International Women’s Day on 8 March was a very grand affair, attended by government dignitaries and a crowd of over 4,000 people; Niki gave a talk on “Women’s SHG’s as an opportunity for solidarity for Women’s issues”. People travelled from far and wide and many SHG’s had set up stalls and were selling their wares which gave us a rare opportunity for a little bit of retail therapy!

Please keep Fr. Sunny, his staff at Bakdil and the people of Garo Hills in your prayers, and thank you for your prayers while we were away.

 Niki and Rose

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At one of the Primary Health Centres

A village bakery

Self Help Groups sell products at market

Another ceremonial opening

A bit of retail therapy

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