Snehalaya, Home of love

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

A to B

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

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.