Thursday, 30 April 2009

Crakehall School, Mettupalayam

At long last, the foundation work for the new Crakehall School has started. This building will replace the three old buildings which have been erected over the years, providing a modern, purpose built set of classrooms, suitable for the next generation of pupils. We will also be able to accept pupils with disabilities, particularly wheelchairs, in the new building. With larger doors and windows, a nice balcony for shade, and much larger rooms, the improvement will be marvellous to see.

Subject to any unforseen delays, we hope to complete the building stage within 3 months. Regular updates will appear on this blog, together with photos as available.

Thank you again to Guy and family for donating all the money to enable Venkat to realise his dream.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Taken for a ride?

It may be April 1st, but this is no joke! Our recently born calf suddenly started to sicken, so Venkat took it down to the vet's in the jeep. A quick examination and injection later, and all is well.
Our small herd of dairy cows is very important to the local economy, as it forms part of a larger cooperative with the cows owned by the women in Mettupalayam. By collecting all the milk together each day, we are able to sell direct to the dairy, receiving a much better price.
Over the years, various groups and schools have bought individual cows to add to the herd, helping to establish this valuable business opportunity for all the Mettupalayam villagers.