And at Durbuk, where parents weren't organised, where youth weren't interested in being coaching assistants, where tuition involved nothing but copying homework... We had our first skates stolen ever.
We had agreed to go and spend 4 days there as an assessment to see if it could be transformed into a true HELP Fund Camp. Lots of fun learning, lots of village ownership. After one day it was clear that Drayangs really wants to help the entire region develop...
And the horse ain't interested in drinking that water.So we left - as our mandate says we should. But we also left without 7 1/2 pairs of skates. First time ever.
I really wanted to use words like "missing" or "not returned" to describe what happened. But what does that say to all the communities in our program who work so hard to make sure every puck, every stick and every learning material is cared for and returned? Exactly.
It's about leadership. And that includes parents leading, kids leading and us leading. (And it still hurts.)
Last year, Ladags Drayangs ran one of the best Winter Camps ever. This year, it seems the universe conspired against a repeat. Villagers weren't interested. Class 10 students went to Leh to study for exams postponed by the Srinagar floods. There's this new fashion for winter tuitions where children just sit and copy endless amounts of "homework" out of texts.
But one of several good things (besides tough decisions and lessons) - We got to spend 3 more days with our first J&K Police Coach , Konchok Angdus. He was a star - and will be a great leader for the Police League next year.
Cynthia will be blogging as she works with our Himalayan projects this year.