Our rinks are the focal point of a successful leadership program. The kids continue to work together to make the pond-rink happen, to make sure gear is shared, that 3-meals a day for the month for over 100 kids get cooked and served, and the little ones are warm and safe as they bed down together at night.
Afternoons the pond is mush - we're in thin atmosphere up here at 3850 metres and that sun is fierce. What a perfect time to learn study techniques, practice communication, tell stories and play thinking games. Evenings and elders for those 100 kids are a glue that can keep a society thriving.
This year, Graham and Tobie MacDonald follow in Ron and Lisa's footsteps. Two more believers in Canadian pond hockey and all it can do for our youth of this world.
Thanks Ron and Lisa. We'll keep the light on for you.
Lisa and Ron Perone - in the back row here - are the father and daughter team in Canadian Crew One that helped start remote village hockey in Ladakh. And what a tradition they started for us.
Ron kept saying "Build it and they will come." Cheesy? Except he was so right. The village of Domkhar has built 4 rinks now. Floods may wash them away or crops take precedence; but the next year another rink is built so that the kids can come. A better rink. With them moms and dads pitching in free labour. Year after year.
Cynthia will be blogging as she works with our Himalayan projects this year.