Prior to visiting Nepal, Garry spent 11 days travelling around India with a small group seeing and experiencing the projects Empart does through children homes, educational programmes and sustainable solutions for long term problems.
Travelling around India enabled Garry to obtain a great appreciation of how tough the living conditions are, and the struggles a large proportion of the country faces in putting food on the table, housing, education and general living conditions compared to Australia. This was quite confronting at times.
The group was able to visit some of the programs established by Empart to gain an appreciation of the work being done. These included Mercy home for mentally challenged homeless people, established to provide support and a sustainable solution for men who had been abandoned on the street. They are picked up, cared for and restored to a point where in a number of cases families take them back or they are able to start working. The tour also included visits to children homes and schools.
The lesson learnt from the trip was that no one project can provide the answer to all needs. Rather, a program of many different projects is required to achieve a long term sustainable solution to the difficulties and challenges faced.
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