Monsoon arrives in Mumbai!

Monsoon hit Mumbai yesterday with full force, relieving us from the heat, but causing all kinds of chaos with floods, traffic jams and train delays.  Amid all the problems of monsoon, it is amazing to see the fortitude of children and their parents making their way to school regardless of the rain, carrying their backpacks underneath a full length raincoat, braving the rain so they can study.

A mother leads her young daughter to school in the rain
A mother leads her young daughter to school in the rain

Yesterday was no different, and almost all our girls managed to make it not only to school but to ALF in the afternoon as well!  Our teachers were less successful–one was stranded on a train stuck between two stations for over an hour, and could not get to this side of town at all…. Another slipped into an open drain whilst walking through a flooded road, and ended up uninjured, but chest-high in flood water.

To look at these girls, you wouldn’t think they had put in six hours at school and then braved the journey to ALF, as well.

Our new 8th standard students, now in their fourth week with us, and enthusiastic come rain or shine!
Our new 8th standard students, now in their fourth week with us, and enthusiastic come rain or shine!

They spent the afternoon working on maths and literacy, and then got to work designing posters and a new logo for Friends Library, which they will shortly start to help run.

Meanwhile, our 10th standard students got to perform a much-anticipated heart dissection to help them understand the human circulatory system a bit better. Here’s Divya with a heart she has just dissected, showing the chordae tendineae (heart strings) that attach the heart valves to the heart muscle.

Divya with a dissected heart, showing some of the heart strings.
Divya with a dissected heart, showing some of the heart strings.

All in all, a damp but lovely day.

5 comments

  1. First of all, a deep bow to the fantastic young ALF leaders who braved the rain and made it to the afternoon class. We can learn from you. Keep it up. Equally, I am touched by the dedication of teachers and students and the courage it takes. Well done teachers! Well done students!

    On another note I am curious Divya, whose heart are you holding in your hand?!

    • Hi, I’m Divya, glad to have your comment. It is definitely not a human heart 🙂 . It belongs to a goat :)……

  2. I enjoy reading your blogs, is it? It is so descriptive and very well done to all the girls too. As you know, am not adept with technology so I hope you get this! ! Lots of love, mum. Gosh, will everyone see this? I hope not.

    • Hi Mum, everyone can see your comment but it’s okay! I’m glad you enjoy reading the blog. love Tamara

  3. Hi Miss Elizabeth Cavanna. We were so fortunate to have Tamara mam as our Science teacher. She is an excellent teacher that we have ever seen. Thank u. We love tamara mam so much. Take care Tamara mam n u too Miss Elizabeth. Love u both.

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