Buddies at the Sunday Shop
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Children gather in the performance space. The music teacher will play the harmonium for the dance performance.
After a little practice, everybody has fun with the new dance move.
Children study intently as Linda teaches them a ballet dance move.
Vatsalya founder Jaimala Gupta helps keep time as Linda dances for the children.
A student teaches an Indian dance step to Linda.
Ankle bells punctuate the performance when the dancers stomp their feet.
A precisely synchronized dance performance.
Students, staff, volunteers, and visitors meditate and pray at sunset.
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Being out in the country, Udayan has room for athletic fields and play areas.
The campus health clinic relies in part on donations of drugs and other supplies.
The campus includes a health clinic where children receive regular checkups from Dr. Rajesh Gupta.
Mimi, a visitor from New York, makes a couple of new friends. She now sponsors a child.
Each week at the Sunday Shop, children bring credits they've earned during the week and “buy” goods. Vatsalya created this basic economic system to teach children how to earn, save, budget, and spend money.
Getting to know the children.
German volunteer Lisa leads children to their dormitory at the end of the day.
Lisa, a volunteer from Germany, with a cup of chai late in the afternoon.
Students help take care of the livestock that provide the campus with dairy products.
In her office, Jaimala describes how Vatsalya rehabilitates street children.
Amanda Koster of Salaam Garage leads our travel group in a discussion after lunch.
Meals are served in the dining area, where we are about to sit down for lunch.
Linda listens to founder Jaimala Gupta tell the story of Vatsalya.
Also listening to Jaimala, Jasmine and Lisa are volunteers from the United States and Germany, respectively. Jasmine, her husband Gary, and their children are participating at Udayan as part of an extended family trip.
When we arrived, Vatsalya founder Jaimala Gupta (far right) warmly welcomed us and introduced us to the staff, volunteers, and campus.
The classroom buildings, built half underground to help keep them cool.
Learning how to write numbers
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A mathematics teacher challenges his students
Proudly reciting the Hindi alphabet
Learning the Hindi alphabet
Teaching the Hindi alphabet
Learning to read and write
Inside a classroom
Many campus buildings are built semi-underground to help keep them cool.
Newspapers are useful when the baking pans are still warm
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