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Hoina Update

posted Apr 15, 2019, 12:11 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Apr 15, 2019, 12:20 PM ]
 The Children at Hoina, one of our missions that we support in India, recently took on a project to paint the cement walls that surround this school in India.  The pictures and part of the article in their newsletter is written by Darlene Large, a Leola resident who founded this school.


"On my most recent trips to India, word “got around” that I had arrived. A good number of our graduates whom we call HOINA Tigers called me, visited me, telephoned me, and emailed me. They brought me up to date on where they are now and what they are doing. They thanked me and said they are praying for HOINA and all of us as well as America and its wonderful, generous donors. Thankfully, I was able to accomplish much in the short time I was overseas on this trip, just about seven weeks, rather than my usual three months.

While in India, I had an idea. We have 24 acres, and we are surrounded by high cement walls as many properties there are. Since I am a retired art teacher and I know that our students are not offered art classes in school, I decided the children needed art to develop the right side of their brains. Besides, looking at high whitewashed walls is boring. We broke up into teams of two and three. The children drew their ideas on the walls with pieces of charcoal, and then the children began painting their wall space. We have a few murals left to do, but about three-fourths of them are finished as you can see in the photos this month. The 12- to 21-year-olds did this work.

We then invited 40 teachers from their schools to come for tea and be the judges. We gave awards to both the first place boys’ team and the first place girls’ team. (See photos for details.) Many teachers said it was a difficult task for them as so many were excellent. Since some of the murals weren’t finished in time for the judging, those students will complete their projects once the summer holidays arrive in May. Our children will spend March finishing their school year as they prepare for April’s annual exams. The break in May will be welcome just as summer vacation is here in the U.S."