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Monday 29th January 2024


The day started at 7.40am with a prayer meeting. We prayed for safety and for God to bless the hard working staff at CRS. Then it was time for breakfast - which was omelette and toast. 

We then walked to St Paul's cathedral where our transport was waiting to take all the teachers to their different project schools.  The journey was loud and the morning rush hour was incredibly busy!

To get to the school we were dropped off and had to walk through the side streets which were about 2 metres wide with stalls either side selling dried fish, fruits and the biggest bags of chillis. We arrived at the school where the principle (headteacher) greeted us and gave us tea and biscuits while we spoke about the school and our time in India.


We then met the children who sang a welcome song to us and presented us with cards and Christmas trees.  The children loved watching you all sing the global neighbours song and were starting to join in by the end. We presented the teachers and children with the friendship bunting and the children were keen to make bunting for us to bring back to St John's. 

The children had their tiffin (lunch) of Pineapple jam on bread, an egg and 2 pieces of cucumber. The children helped peel the eggs and gave out the trays to eat from. Once they had finished their tiffin the children lined up ready to go home. It was wonderful to spend time with the teachers and children.


We climbed into a car with the teachers to spend the afternoon planning together. 

Mrs Hodgson and I also took the uniform donated by the PTFA to Nari Dana. A project that empowers  women to learn how to sew to earn money. They are going to make any changes to the sizes and hand them out to children in their project schools.


At 4pm we left to visit the Mother house. This was a special place of quiet and peace amongst the chaos and noise of the streets. Mother Teresa was an incredible woman. 

What can you find out about Mother Teresa?

Why was Kolkata important to her?


It was then another quick dash back to Bishop's house to get changed before a meeting with the Bishop where we were served coffee and cake. 

It was also lovely to be able to video call Mrs Wojcik, Mrs Newton and Miss Price’s class today. We had some fantastic questions from Tissington and the children were really engaged and interested to find out about Scott Lane and our trip so far. It was great to speak to some familiar faces back home. 

Tea tonight was rice, noodles and vegetable rice balls followed by butterscotch ice cream. It was all delicious!

The temperature today was 25 degrees.


Time to have a rest now before bed time. 


Monday in Kolkata

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