...Over the past three weeks, we've registered and vetted more than 150 children and their families, visited and evaluated 13 local schools, conducted a half dozen women empowerment seminars, organized and enabled an upcoming surgery for Prianka, prepared our students for their first final exams, and tried to win a $5,000 voting competition at http://www.volunteerhq.org/john-schupbach.html (which we are unfortunately currently losing by about 400 votes...please help!). Here are some of my favorite photographs from the past few days:

_Salutes at Government School

--Students at a government school salute me upon entry to their classroom

_Sister Jaya Mary in Hallway

--Sister Jaya Mary gives me a tour of St. Joseph's Convent School's new wing for 11th and 12th standards

_In line for KG

--Kindergarten students at the Carmel Convent School line up for morning assembly


--A little boy shows us his ability to write the alphabet and numbers 1-10


--Mira, Bethea, and Faith register, evaluate, and photograph applicants


--Smoke from constantly burning rubbish engulfs the slum (It's good for the lungs!)

_Ankit in Ajeets Home

--Ankit ensures that I take a moment of rest and enjoy a cold soda that Ajeet's family bought me

_Chalk Flying

--Instructions are written in Hindi with chalk on a wooden door in the slum. We rely on scattered literate parents to convey these messages by word of mouth. We can reach about 60% of the slum's residents in 24 hours this way.

_Mother Reading List

--A mother looks for her son's name on a newly posted list of accepted students. He wasn't on the list.

_Annoucing List

--A local social worker, Ranjan, reads a list of selected children to a group of illiterate mothers and grandmothers.

_Able Charity School Reading List

--A slum school teacher announces the same list


--Priti unfortunately had to be left behind

_Kanchan with Mom

--Kanchan's mother has had trouble sleeping all week waiting for our final decisions. Fortunately for her, Kanchan was accepted!

_Mom with Polio

--Himanshu entering the Carmel Convent School for the first time with his mother, Sunita, who suffers from the effects of polio

_Mothers Waiting

--Mothers and their children listen intently to instructions from Mamta and the Sisters

_Arti Evaluated by Sister Pushpa

--Arti, who now has a glass eye after suffering from eye cancer, is evaluated by Sister Pushpa

_Announcing Plans

--Mothers and children listen to plans and expectations


--Tailors measuring the last of our 86 Carmel Convent School students

_Sindu Cooking

--Sindu, age 9, cooking a meal for her family

_Sindu Close Up

--Sindu on her way home after a final exam

_Bucket Shower

--A boy bathing under cold water from a bucket

_Ajeet Cricket

--Ajeet has never taken cricket lessons...but look at his eye-hand coordination!

_Girls Graduation

--Girls attend their "Farewell," the equivalent of our graduation, at a large government school


--A microphone and hundreds of young women await one of my speeches about the importance of higher and vocational education

_Frog Race

--Students take part in a frog race on a school holiday


--Akanksha, our student being promoted to upper kindergarten this year, enjoying a game with her friends

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--Prianka had a large abscess drained from her face this week. She is being treated with antibiotics. She will go home while her treatment continues and return to Delhi in 4 weeks for another surgery to remove residual tumor shown on a recent CT scan. Thanks Mom and Dad for funding Prianka's care!

_John with Sisters

--Me with Sisters Jennifer and Jaya Mary

We're working hard here...very hard. Please don't forget to vote at http://www.volunteerhq.org/john-schupbach.html and have your friends and family vote too. If each person reading this blog voted, we would win!

More good news: If your fingers are tired like mine from typing johnschupbach.wordpress.com, worry no more. This blog can now be accessed by simply visiting http://johnschupbach.org!

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