Nishtha’s dance team, nine sponsored students were thrilled to be able to attend Dharamsala International Film Festival with free passes from the organizers. They watched two really interesting documentaries: Mukti Bhawan and Cameraperson. Thank you DIFF for putting on the festival and making such a movie experience available to us!
Nishtha has provided baby swings both in the kindergartens and on the playground. The little children were very excited and most were happy to try them out – though some were feeling shy!
Nishtha Children celebrated the festivals of Dusherra and Diwali with their teacher Ravinder Kaur and our staff. We all made masks of Ram Lila characters and beautiful colorful rangoli patterns. In a full day program last Wednesday the kids played fun games and enjoyed a lunch of special snacks.
We wish you all a very Happy Diwali!
A group of 10 women from our village form the Rakkar Women’s Stitching Cooperative. Increasingly people need money and their earnings from their farm produce or daily labour are so low it is remarkable that they can feed and clothe their families let alone meet educational and medical expenses. These women are proud of their skills and are pleased that they can earn some money making beautiful bags which people love.
Ravindra is modeling their new backpack design.
Nishtha students and staff entranced the crowd with their traditional Gaddhi dance and songs at the Tibetan Nuns Project 30th Anniversary function at Dolma Ling Nunnery yesterday.
Nishtha Clinic is delighted to welcome Dr Sara Raghuvanshi M.B.B.S, to join our team. Dr Sara was searching for a position where she could engage with patients more intensely and treat them more holistically than in possible in Government hospitals. By good fortune she found Nishtha and we are very pleased that a young, fully qualified and very interested female doctor has approached us and has fitted into our team so well.
At last the monsoon is breaking and we get time during the day to work on the land. Everyone helps weed and mulch. The turmeric is particularly spectacular with its delightful flowers.
August is the month for planting trees when the ground is soaked and the monsoon will continue long enough to keep them well watered. This year Nishtha bought 15 trees from an aryuvedic nursery, selecting them carefully that they will grow at the altitude of our farm and provide useful products for medicinal use. They include neem, citrus fruits, ampla, harad, behra and arampali mango.
Nishtha Clean Green team successfully used an amazing new hydraulic plastic block making machine created specifically for us by Steven Archer and Les Brunton in Duxford, England and shipped with the kind help of Laggar Industries. With it we compress waste non-recyclable plastic into blocks which are used for building, particularly as wall or land fillers with huge insulation properties. We are very grateful for the effort and creativity that went into the creation of this new machine!