wedding planners with a difference

wedding planners 2
wedding planners 2,
originally uploaded by anu musings.

this morning i watched project why’s very own wedding planners at work and boy was i amazed…
somehow i never realised the meticulous work that these two girls had put over the past weeks..
two dinners, the ceremonies from the boy and girls side, an elephant for the groom, the music, the DJ, a photographer, the wedding cards, everything executed with discreet efficiency while going about they day-to-day work…
my eyes were somewhat moist as i watched in silence…

whose baby is it anyway!

whose baby is it anyway!
whose baby is it anyway!,
originally uploaded by anu musings.

yash is now two months old..
he came to us when he was barely 2 weeks..
the hands feeding him are not his mother’s but to him they are safe hands..
yash’s story is that of many children who are brought into the world for all the wrong reasons..
no one has thought of a lifemap for them…
they are used to fulfill selfish ends..
but yash is also an indian child who has rights, only someone has to take on the responsibility of protecting those rights…
his mother uses him to get what she needs…
in a country where options are few, maybe one should think of setting up the concept of foster homes, where a child can be safe while his parents decide what they want to do…
this is something we have been thinking of at project why.. and maybe just call it SHE (safe home extension)
in many countries just homes exist, and foster parents can earn some money while looking after children..
if one could identify a few families within the community and be the training-cum-monitoring agency, one may have a doable option..
to be continued…

a unique wedding

claude de scoraille landed yesterday…
this is the very lady who dropped by in december to visit project why and then was touched by the magic of pwhy in a unique way: she decided to get married in the giri nagar slums..
a traditional indian wedding with the groom coming on an elephant and then a party with DJ and dance floor and the music of Dhoom in the Shiv mandir hall…
strange, as she and gregoire have been living together in a land where marital ties are not a social must..
to her, being with the children had made her want to take the ultimate step she had not felt the need for..
so april 30th 2005 will witness a strange union…
the card says “the children of project why request the pleasure of your company…” and it will be a wedding where children will play host.. and also be chief guests..
to many it may seem a PR gimmick..
well it is not so..
to all of us it is a unique experience, one that we could not have experienced if claude and gregoire had not taken this step..
this wedding trascends countries, social strata, religions, conventions, mores, traditions and much more..
it is a celebration of everything project why stands for: a meeting of human hearts. It brings together and weaves into a magical night elements that no one could have dreamt of …
i hope the memories of this unique night manage to bring down the complex and suffocating walls that often emprison us and stops us from loooking with our hearts

day one

why a blog after five years of existence..
well because we have grown..
because memory fails..
because so much that happens on this little planet needs to be shared and remembered..
so let us start just by talking about today..
as usual teh day began just like many others
kids came, teachers too, some late as usual with their string of excuses..
the three wheeler overflowing with children halted and out come little monty, barefoot as usual but suddenly all grown up..
was this the same kid who we had nursed and almost thought we would lose, the one who lay in hospital with his huge head and terrible ear infection.. the one we had to find blood for more than once..
i remember the day when i reached a party and instead of the usual ‘hi’ hear myslef saying, ‘hey i need blood’..
yes the same monty who came with his sister Sapna then 4 year old, who was mentally retarded and could barely hold her head up..
today she walks a little but is still lost in her world, but little monty has become taller than now 6 year old..
no big deal many would say..
but for me looking at monty today was like seing two years of project why…
and feeling strangely content..
monty will i hope go to school one day
sapna will transfer to our special section and maybe learn to be a beautician..
and years will pass
but will i be around!