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Situation Report 2, 3 Dec
Finally things are settling down into a routine in Ooty. We were met by Jesus Saves 4x4's in Coimbatore and, whilst the girls were exuberant on the flight form Singapore, the chatter in the cars became more subdued as we travelled the dark streets of a city so very different from what we are used to. CAG Pride was once again a haven in the chaos and our departing breakfast quite European.
The trip up into the mountains was fantastic. Clear air once we left the plains and there were plenty of monkeys on the side of the road. Our third car had an altercation with a bike just outside Coimbatore (his fault) but all left with smiles, thank goodness.
Last night was one of those MIZPAH Moments. We arrived about 4PM as the rain was subsiding and it stayed clear for the rest of the night. The first Mizpahrian we saw was Banu, who quickly ran in to tell the rest. Those that were home made their way out with varying degrees of shyness. The older ones rushing out with hugs for the Uncle and Aunty they recognised and then over to our girls. What ensued was a gradual build-up of organised chaos as the other children arrived from school and the group numbers swelled. This was followed by games and lots of fun.
Last night was quite chilly but we all slept well. We have only had a couple of headaches and so far the girls have been in the best of health and high spirits. This morning we walked down to Ooty town and oriented ourselves. All girls have managed to draw money out of the ATM, so that's good for your Christmas presents!!
This afternoon the girls started painting a mural and we will stay until the orphans return and need to start their homework, then we will return to Farley's for dinner.
Tomorrow we visit the Tea Factory in the morning and then work again at Mizpah in the afternoon.
We will send another report soon but look for pictures on the Fairholme Website in the next couple of days.
Regards Julian Turner
Situation Report 1, 2 Dec
We have had a great time in Singapore. Last night at the night zoo it rained but we dodged the showers. The meal was great and the elephants were a hit. This morning we had a guide that took us through Changi museum and the girls learnt a little history. Quite sobering. We are about to board after dinner at the airport. You will be pleased to know all are in good health and high spirits, and we still have 14!
Regards, Katrina, Lea, Scott and Julian
Since 1998, there have been three unsuccessful attempts to organise a Fairholme trip into India. Trying to organise anything in India by phone or email is highly problematic at the best of times! It soon became apparent that the only way to organise a trip was actually to travel to India beforehand and map out a possible journey plus make all the necessary contacts.
In November/December, 2006, Kerrie and Richard Jessup spent a month in India travelling around both the north and south of the country. It was on that trip they met Mohan and Jennifer who run an orphanage in the hill town, Ootacamund (Ooty). Their orphanage is called Mizpah Home.
Then, in 2007 following a discussion with Julian Turner, an idea was birthed to take a team of girls into India on what has now become known as the Discovery Tour. It was agreed that it would be good to expand the girls’ experience as much as possible so a side trip experience was included as part of the tour.
So this has become the benchmark for our Discovery Tour – time in India working at Mizpah Home according to their needs, enjoying the children of Mizpah and allowing time to experience the culture of India (and at least one other country) along the way.
The trip is open only to students in Year 11 because it is our hope that the girls who make this journey will have a “life-changing experience” and will return to Fairholme as Seniors full of determination to ‘make a difference’ in the world. I can say now with a great sense of satisfaction, that the over 80 girls who travelled with us on the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Tours, have returned as more thoughtful and passionate young women, and we are very proud of them and what they have achieved.
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