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  1. Rha and Nedup internship together
    27 Dec, 2017
    Rha and Nedup internship together
    Rha Tshering and Nedup are old friends from Dr Graham's. They are at colleges far apart in Gangktok and Kolkata. But just now they are together doing an internship with Ujjivan Small Finance Bank in New Town in Kolkata. They started on the 18th of December and will complete on 9 of February (7 weeks). Their placement is at the Head Office of Ujjivan Small Finance Bank of the Eastern Region of India which controls 126 branches. At first they were going to the office and getting to know the
  2. Kolkata Rha Tshering/Kinzang Nov17
    14 Dec, 2017
    Kolkata Rha Tshering/Kinzang Nov17
    This is the last of seven posts about our hectic journey around India from the 26 October to the 6 November, to meet students, sponsored children and institutions. Our final stop was Kolkata. But first we had to get there! Rinschen was very nervous about traffic around Siliguri, because recently some clients of his missed a flight at Bagdogra because of hours of traffic delay. In addition, Jet Airways said we have to allow 2 hrs for security. So we left at 5 am for a midday flight;
  3. Kalimpong Dr Graham's Homes Nov17
    12 Dec, 2017
    Kalimpong Dr Graham's Homes Nov17
    This is the 6th of 7 posts about our travels around India to meet students, sponsored children and institutions. Another incredible spine-jolting jeep ride beginning with 1000m drops at every bend took us from Namchi (1675m elevation), leaving Sikkim at the Melli crossing of the Teesta River (100m) and then up to Kalimpong in north West Bengal (1247m). An early start meant we arrived at the Deki Lodge which was our stay for 2 nights in time for lunch, and after a quick bite we went to meet the
  4. Namchi and Dichhen/Leemit Nov17
    10 Dec, 2017
    Namchi and Dichhen/Leemit Nov17
    This is the 5th of 7 posts about our travels around India to meet students, children and institutions. By now we are in Namchi, which is our last stop in Sikkim. We arrived after another long and bumpy jeep ride winding down precipitous valley sides, then back up again to reach the town. On the way, we passed through the Temi Tea Estate.  We are here because Dichhen and Leemit are both at Namchi College. Leemit is in her 3rd year studying journalism, and Dichhen is in his first term of
  5. Gangtok and Nedup/Nimphuti Oct17
    08 Dec, 2017
    Gangtok and Nedup/Nimphuti Oct17
    This is the 4th of 7 posts about our travels around India to meet students, children and institutions. By this point during six days in India we had travelled perhaps 5000 km by plane and jeep, and stayed in five hotels. Now we were back in Gangtok and due to spend two nights at the Bamboo Grove Retreat , giving us a chance to catch breath. We had lunch with Loden in his flat. He and his wife Nimkit house a group of former pupils at Mayal Lyang Academy who are now going to state schools or
  6. Gangtok/Dzongu Miksim Oct17
    06 Dec, 2017
    Gangtok/Dzongu Miksim Oct17
    This is the third post of seven about our hectic journey through India from 26 October to 6 November. Our purpose was to meet students supported in higher education by the Children of Sikkim and the Dutch Trust, as well as children sponsored at school in Kalimpong and Sikkim. Another 4 am start to get to Bangalore Airport was followed by a connection so short at Delhi that we were bussed directly from one plane to the other. At Bagdogra we were met by Rinchen Lepcha, who owns a tourist jeep
  7. Bangalore and Hissey Oct17
    04 Dec, 2017
    Bangalore and Hissey Oct17
    This is our second post of seven covering our trip to India from 26 October to 6 November - a hectic itinerary to visit sponsored students, children and institutions. A 4am start to get to Delhi airport saw us arrive at the hotel in Bangalore by 10 am to meet Hissey. She started at Mount Carmel college at the beginning of July, where she is reading political science, economics and journalism. She was supposed to start at the end of June, but was delayed by strikes and road closures in
  8. Delhi and Samjyor Oct17
    03 Dec, 2017
    Delhi and Samjyor Oct17
    This is 1 of 7  posts to cover Magi and Duncan Finlayson's trip to India from 26 October to 6 November 2017. In Delhi on 26 October we met Samjyor who is the most successful student to date. He is now in his second year of a Law degree at Delhi University, having already gained a degree in Political Science. He has recently completed an internship working for a Delhi lawyer at the Supreme Court, which he really enjoyed. His domestic life is settled in shared digs with three other students and a
  9. Trip to India back on track
    11 Oct, 2017
    Trip to India back on track
    Since 2016 we had planned a visit to see students funded by The Children of Sikkim and the Dutch Trust, to take place in the autumn of 2017. But then we suddenly had to put the trip on hold because strikes and other unrest in Darjeeling District meant that Dr Graham's Homes School sent pupils home in June. Then last week we were delighted to hear that the school reopened at the beginning of October, and we are now busy reinstating the trip which will be from the 26th October to the 7th