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.
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.
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.
All in all, a damp but lovely day.