Here’s a note from Bonnie about the weekend’s excitement at Ama Ghar:
“This past weekend has been very eventful at Ama Ghar. Saturday morning, we gathered with anticipation to harvest the balance of our corn crop. While we were in the corn field, a very large snake made itself known – and pandemonium ensued! Surely the snake was as frightened of us as we were of him. We will have to find a way to keep him in his hole while we harvest… but not until next week.
On Sunday afternoon, some of the children were studying and many others were outside playing, just before dinner time. Then I heard a great roar, and thinking that the children were doing something mischievous, came down the steps -then realized we were having a reasonably large earthquake. I got the little ones out of their room, and we calmly walked down the stairs and outside to join the others. Poor little Pooja, our newest girl, was very scared and confused. We all sat outside for another 30 minutes as I assured them that it was over. Our visitors – Stuart, Cintia and Christina – were helpful in reassuring the children that they were safe.
After dinner we reviewed everyone’s actions, praised those that did the right things and reminded the few that stayed in the house that the correct place to go was onto our very substantial iron bunk beds that were built strong for this very purpose. All in all, it was an exciting weekend, which broke up the many hours of studying for the children, as they are all preparing for their Second Term Exams. ” — Bonnie Ellison