thisvillage works to address poverty in one village at a time. We focus all of our efforts in the one village in order to build relationships and work as effectively as possible. Once both we and the village feel as though effective poverty reduction tools are in place, we will move on to work with another village.
For those that do not know, the first village that we are working with is a small village in India called Bandanpally.
Located in Andhra Pradesh, India, here is some information on the village of Bandanpally.
— Graeme Esau
On Friday, March 15th, we held our first major fundraising event at Orange Art Gallery. The event featured wine and cheese, Somerset Combo–a local jazz trio–a silent auction and a guest address from Joe Gunn, the Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice.
At the fundraiser, we also officially announced the village our fundraising efforts will be going towards: Bandanpally, which is located in Andhra Pradesh. Stories about the people of Andhra Pradesh, and the projects we’ll be implementing, will be available on our website in the near future.
Sincere thanks to everyone who attended the fundraiser to show their support, and to all those who helped us behind the scenes with event planning and implementation.
A quick note about the Calgary fundraiser: Unfortunately, this event had to be rescheduled, but will still be happening in the near future. Keep your eye on our Facebook page for updates.
— Christie Esau
After an adventurous 26 hour train ride from Jaipur to Kazipet, we have finally arrived at the base of our partner organization, Bala Vikasa. Here is where we will spend our last few days in India.
Today we visited villages in the area, talking with local people about their lives, their stories and their needs. For a lot of villagers, we were the first white people they had ever seen. So, undoubtedly, we felt quite popular. Children and adults alike followed us around quite closely, proudly showing us their homes and their families. It was wonderful to see the joy on children’s faces as we took their picture, asked their name or just touched their hands. Amidst unfurnished schools, unsanitized water and serious poverty, it was amazing to see children still smiling and playing as they would anywhere in the world.
Today was also the first day of Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu festival celebrating Ganesh. Children had the day off of school and many people were out singing and rejoicing. We have been very fortunate to see such diverse and interesting areas of India, including places unseen by Westerners.
There are still a few more days left to meet and see more people. And, miraculously, we have still managed to avoid “Delhi Belly.”
— Graeme Esau