This August, myself and a group of other students will be going to Ahmednagar for three weeks, to volunteer with Snehalaya.
Snehalaya is a charity based in India which started in 1989, and now have a base in London as of last year.
Their efforts go towards ‘supporting women, children and LGBT to find a safe exit point from poverty and the commercial sex industry’.
We’ll be going for three weeks, during which time we’ll be working at the long-term shelter for women and children which provides residential accommodation, education and healthcare to just above 300 children and 40 women.
The centre is Snehalaya’s flagship project but they have such a broad scope and are involved in many projects which all are amazing to read about.
I’ll post more about it over the next coming months, but I’m hoping to organize some events in Leeds, and make a few zines to fund raise 🙂
here’s a couple links if you want to find out more about Snehalaya:
Who are Snehalaya?
What do they hope to do?
The long-term shelter
Their Instagram + Facebook
Train journeys pacify
watch the terrain change and the hills rise
fall and flatten
observe the pattern left by vapour trails as they cross
and blend into the pale blue but mostly grey canvas
sit quietly in second class like the majority of the population
without leather shoes and briefcases
I sow seeds in too many places
roots spread sparsely
an accent which has grown undefinable
it doesn’t match any of these places
with stations in towns I’ve lived
But the motion is soothing
I am nowhere in particular
the golden void between
point A and B
a tranquil space I hold dear to me
non-distinct, nor tangible
yet, abundant and large enough to pacify and hold
all of my attention
apart from the part of the mind which visualizes
what if point B were any of these places
with stations in towns I’d not yet explored
but the train journey almost always ends
before these thoughts manifest.