Finished with Coaches Camp. Completed Recovery Camp. A joyous time at Thangnak's Winter Camp too. Now its time to head back over the Chang la to Winter Camps in Shayok and Kargyam until 19 February.
And lucky us, the DC is letting us make the last 2 camps a research-to-action project looking at health outcomes in children if we keep them learning and playing in their villages (as opposed to wandering around Leh).
We had so many donations from so many wonderful people and could give gear to 3 villages and the Police Recovery Camp.
Unfortunately, we also lost more gear this year than in the previous 10 years combined. There are Canadian skates with "HELP" written on them in private ownership, breaking with our belief system that village owned results in - well - village ownership and love of Winter Camps.
Lesson learnt. It won't happen again.
Twenty-six at-risk youth out enjoying a morning match. None of it possible without Scott and Ron collecting gear in Montreal - and Mary and Jim and all our friends in Alberta doing the same. Then NiceRink helping us with the Nicest (and biggest) plastic ever seen in the Himalayas. And a few lessons on how to flood it. Velan Inc. making sure said rink made it from Wisconsin to Montreal.
Air Canada Cargo stepped in to get it to Delhi. And then the Indian Air Force made sure it got safely to Leh - all 900 kilos of gear, rink and teaching supplies. CanAssist made sure the kids were warm and fed and had great teaching for their stay at Recovery Camp.
Just a little help from our friends.
19 December got us started on four Winter Camps for the year! A wonderful group of coaches from all our camps and some very happy kids - after all - they're back on the rink and back to fun learning. Thanks to all the wonderful people who made it happen. The kids will be in touch!
Next stop - a Recovery Camp rink or bust!
Cynthia will be blogging as she works with our Himalayan projects this year.