In mid January, the new Martha Kindergarten in Chaibasa has finally been finished and inaugurated with about 150 guests.
The last weeks before the opening have seen a lot of stressful work, in order to finish as much as possible on time. For this purpose, several members of our partner organisation SARJOM, the current ‘weltwaerts’ volunteers, as well as one ex-volunteer had come from Ranchi.
The kindergarten committee in Chaibasa decided relative spontaneous that a “small” opening ceremony with the members of the congregation could be held on Sunday. A “big” inauguration is planned for March, when a partner group from the Lichtenberg-Oberspree church district will be on visit in Chaibasa, amongst them also the kindergarten initiator Helga Ottow. The goal is to finish all remaining works until then.
The first children are coming to kindergarten regularly since 15th January 2019, and the business has officially started. A big relief not only for the parents, but also for the kindergarten teachers which, due to several delays, had already waited for quite some time to start their practical work.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of our association’s official founding, we conducted our long planned members trip to India in November 2018. Seven new and old members visited different places in this amazing country, with a focus on our project area in the state of Jharkhand. There, the German travel group took part in the Gossner Mission Day in Ranchi, participated in a church inauguration in Gowindpur, and visited the Martha Kindergarten in Ranchi, where currently two German volunteers of the ‘weltwaerts’ program are working. The most important part of the trip was the two day visit to Chaibasa, where most of our projects are located. Amongst other things there, we organized a meeting with the children and adolescents of the scholarship program, during which we ate and played together, but also found time to talk about individual problems with the students.
On 13 October 2018 we welcomed Rimil Topno as our new “weltwaerts” volunteer in Berlin. Within the framework of the South-North component of the German weltwaerts program, it was possible to get Rimil, who had been working in Ranchi and Chaibasa for our partner organization Sarjom, to Germany with the support from the German-Indian Cooperation (DIZ). Here, he will be active for the Indian Forum for one year, especially in and around Berlin. First, however, he will attend a 3-months German course.
After a longer break, we are happy to present our newly designed website to you today. Many categories are still empty at the moment, but within the next weeks, the pages will slowly be filled with content and many smaller details will still change. So please be patient, but feel free to have a look around already.
On Saturday, 9 September 2017 we participated once again in the annual harvest festival in Alt-Marzahn, Berlin. Many people there visited our booth. Aside from turning the fortune wheel, they had the opportunity to acquire traditional handicrafts from India for a small donation, and to try some Indian food cooked by us.