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Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012


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Hello All!

This is just a quick note to let you know that the group has arrived safely in Anupshahr, Uttar Pradesh (about 4 hours east of Delhi) and are already busy with activities at the Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES).

Each Archer girl will be paired up with a PPES friend and the next 5 days will be committed to learning about one another's lives, cultures, and dreams for the future.

I have been in contact with the instructor team today and they shared that the girls are asking GREAT questions and really diving into every opportunity to learn.

As this is such a short program, they really want to make use of every second they have and have been very busy. That said, we should have an update from the instructors soon to learn more about what the group have been doing so far.

Until then, I just wanted to let you know where they are and that everyone is safe.

Stay tuned,

Jamie Woodall

Archer Custom Program Coordinator

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PPES

Jamie Woodall,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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Hello All! This is just a quick note to let you know that the group has arrived safely in Anupshahr, Uttar Pradesh (about 4 hours east of Delhi) and are already busy with activities at the Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES). Each Archer girl will be paired up with a PPES friend and the next […]

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11/22/12

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Jamie Woodall

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The first time we walked in Pardada Pardadi the sense of welcome was indescribable. We were garlanded with bright hand-sewn scarves and greeted with a sea of smiling faces. The overwhelming feeling of brightness and love is one that has stayed with us throughout our time here. We are amazed with how willing to connect and share the girls are despite our vastly different backgrounds, how easily it is to relate to and laugh with young people across the language barrier. We have been overjoyed and impressed with how confident and empowered the girls are here, in contrast to the traditional role of girls in this society.

All the girls have been paired with a 'sister' with whom they learn and share. We have been to classes together, danced together, made friendship bracelets together, and even had 'girl-time' together, decorating each other with nail polish and mehendhi. During such a short time such a deep bond has been created, one that will have an impact on us through the rest of our lives.

We have also had the great privilege of talking to and learning from the founder of the organization, Sam Singh ji, who has dedicated his life to breaking the cycle of poverty through girls' education and community development. His story has been such an inspiration to us; there has been an excited buzz of discussion of how we feel we can make our own positive contribution to the world.

Our days have flown by. Tomorrow we have the opportunity to join the school's annual celebration - so in our spare time we are practicing our performance! Wish us luck!

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Our days at Pardada Pardadi

Claire and Sweta,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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The first time we walked in Pardada Pardadi the sense of welcome was indescribable. We were garlanded with bright hand-sewn scarves and greeted with a sea of smiling faces. The overwhelming feeling of brightness and love is one that has stayed with us throughout our time here. We are amazed with how willing to connect […]

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11/22/12

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Claire and Sweta

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Hi! we are currently at pardada and I am so excited to be here. The girls are amazing and there is such a special energy here. Although I didn't get to go to the town with everyone today I am excited to go on the boatride and to see the market place tomorrow. I wish I could stay longer because there is so much to see. Driving to the school through all of the towns was truly an eye opening experience.

-Haley

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Hello from Pardada (School)

Haley Moritz,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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Hi! we are currently at pardada and I am so excited to be here. The girls are amazing and there is such a special energy here. Although I didn’t get to go to the town with everyone today I am excited to go on the boatride and to see the market place tomorrow. I wish […]

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11/21/12

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Haley Moritz

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To describe India to someone who has never been is nearly impossible. The people who live here are so welcoming and sweet. Never have seen so much poverty and starvation, but at the same time I have never met anyone as excited to see me as the girls here at Pardada. Just usbeing here made them so happy and grateful. I love being surrounded by their culture and loving attitudes all the time, even though I am exhausted. So far everything has gone so well and I am very excited for tomorrow!

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India

Michelle Johnson,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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11/21/12

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Michelle Johnson

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I am here at Pardada Pardidi! It has been a great expierence so far! All the girls are so sweet and all want to take so many pictures! Im so excited to be here and and i can't stop smiling! So far, thankfully I have been healthy and feeling great! Can't wait for the many great experiences to come!

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Ava Mandelbaum,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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I am here at Pardada Pardidi! It has been a great expierence so far! All the girls are so sweet and all want to take so many pictures! Im so excited to be here and and i can’t stop smiling! So far, thankfully I have been healthy and feeling great! Can’t wait for the many […]

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11/21/12

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Ava Mandelbaum

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I have officially arrived in India.

Today is my second day and I could not be more happy. I am healthy and content. The food is amazing and the chai is delicious. I am having so much fun. Everything is so interesting and I am constantly amazed with what I am seeing.

We are about to go buy our India clothing and I am excited to practice my Hindi I learnd earlier this morning.

We leave for PPES tomorrow and I am so excited to meet the girls.

-Olivia

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First Yak Yak in India

Erin Lassner,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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11/19/12

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Erin Lassner

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We have arrived in Delhi and its fabulous! When we walked out of the airport you could smell the smoke and it hit me then that we were actually in India!! All the smells and noises are so rich and the people so genuinly interested in you. walking on the street was a completely new and fun experience. The food is so amazing as well as just being able to walk around and smell the spices that i usually associate with the little Indian restaurants in LA. I feel like I am getting close with all the girls and its nice to have that comradrie here while in a foreign country. Well we are off to shop for our Indian clothes and then tomorrow go to PPES! bye nowwww!!

-Sofia

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ARRIVED!!

Sofia Garrick,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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We have arrived in Delhi and its fabulous! When we walked out of the airport you could smell the smoke and it hit me then that we were actually in India!! All the smells and noises are so rich and the people so genuinly interested in you. walking on the street was a completely new […]

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11/19/12

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Sofia Garrick

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I'm having an amazing time in India. The girls I am with are some of the most sweet unbelievably beatiful people inside and out and we are all always here for each other. India is so different and the culture in crazy and beatiful and makes me want to travel more and see more of this amazing country. While being here I have been unbelievably happy, almost out of character happy and it feels good. I miss LA and mac n' cheese but the naan here is unbelievable.

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In India!!

Rachel Magnin,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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11/19/12

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Rachel Magnin

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Hi!, it is my second day in india! everything has been going good so far except for the fact that i got sick yesterday afternoon. I feel amazing now but i got over it fast. The city is amazing. There are huge cultural differences that fascinate me! The clothing here is absolutly amazing and the henna and jewlery is too. I am having so much fun with everyone and we have gotten so close! i leave for the girls school tomorrow and i am so excited to meet all the girls! - Briney Harris

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Brineys first yak yak

Briney Harris,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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Hi!, it is my second day in india! everything has been going good so far except for the fact that i got sick yesterday afternoon. I feel amazing now but i got over it fast. The city is amazing. There are huge cultural differences that fascinate me! The clothing here is absolutly amazing and the […]

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11/19/12

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Briney Harris

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Finally here!!

Natasha Orozco,Archer School: Service in UP, India, Fall 2012

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I can’t believe I am finally here!! I am so excited to be here soaking up the culture. The biggiest challange I have is letting go of my fears so I can fully take advantage of my surrondings, but everyday gets easier. I have been here for 2 days and the third day was the […]

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11/19/12

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Natasha Orozco

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