January 24, 2016

Twelve-year-old Sohel, and Dinesh, who is about ten, walked ahead of us, their wiry arms flailing and gesturing wildly. They smacked each other on the back and they giggled. We had just come from a small private hospital where we’d taken Dinesh’s ten-year-old cousin, S...

January 3, 2016

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Humorous moments of 2015 in no particular order because there is no order in India and I have come to some understanding of that fact on most days.

- Awaiting our arrival back to Saki Naka, twelve-year-old Sachin placed rose petals on...

November 25, 2015

A few weeks ago I had a dream about kids underwater that morphed to the nightmare stage when the children couldn’t be located. When the dream ended the children still hadn’t been found.

A few days before my kids-under-water-anxiety-dreams started we had decided to organ...

November 7, 2015

We stopped abruptly when Indu spotted the cobbler’s stall. Every year we head down this dust bin of a road, jammed into the back of an auto-rickshaw heading to a community not far from Saki Naka but where we have no other business or reason to be there except to find R...

September 13, 2015

We pushed the heavy door open and stepped inside the cool comfort of the cavernous bookstore located in our city that is green with gardens and fresh ocean air and slowly walked down the aisles looking for the children’s section.  In a week we will be back in Saki Naka...

April 19, 2015

Being involved in the most intimate aspects of the lives of people who live in the Saki Naka community is a privilege with chains attached to our heartstrings. We feel their pain, eat their food sitting cross-legged in their homes, attend birthday celebrations and mark...

April 5, 2015

We spend a lot of time in Saki Naka laughing, playing, celebrating and enjoying small moments of pure joy with the kids and families we know so well. It helps to spend so much time with children who find joy everywhere. If there is a puddle, they will find a piece of w...

February 13, 2015

'If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.' - Dalai Lama.

An email came from a mysterious source. I read it in Mumbai and Kane read it in Vancouver. It crossed our minds to delete it and forget about the claim of possible awards...

January 31, 2015

“Why are there so many kids in here this week?"

Add a few more kids to an already crammed, noisy space and you notice.  Barely looking up from her work correcting the crude formation of a cursive letter, Indu grinned and said, “They know about the picnic.” 

For ever...

January 10, 2015

Sohel’s thin, reedy fingers were shoved into his mouth up to the second knuckles. The closer I got to him the wider he pulled his lips apart, stretching them to his ears until I thought they would tear. Once I reached him, he relaxed, removed his fingers from his mouth...

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