A BOSTON nursery manager swapped her daily duties at her school to experience life in schools in India.
See-Saw Day Nursery manager Katherine Semmelroth stayed in a children’s home and spent three weeks visiting schools in Bihar.
She had always wanted to visit a developing part of the world, and the charity which supports the mission is run by a family member.
Miss Semmelroth described her experience as one she will never forget.
“I had an amazing experience, particularly building relationships with the children in the home, learning from their ways of life, making it very hard for me to leave them,” she said.
“Bihar is a lesser developed area, where people live in mud huts a lot of the time with no electricity or water.
“The home where I stayed, along with 18 others in Bihar, is run by a mission called New India Evangelistic Association (NIEA).
“This mission also provides 11 schools in this area, all of which resemble large 'shed' looking buildings with simple pencils and few books as resources.
“I visited and spent some time in the different schools to find out all about them.
“The missions provide the children with school uniforms, for some children this may be their only clothes, and also provides a big lunch which similarly is often their only meal.”
Since arriving back in Boston, Miss Semmelroth has been sharing her experiences with the nursery children at See-Saw Day Nursery by holding an Indian themed day.
Miss Semmelroth added: “The children wore saris, bindis and listened to Indian music, such an exciting atmosphere.
“After looking at and discussing photographs from my trip, we then washed our clothes, outside as the children in Bihar do as there are no washing machines.
“We also balanced things on our heads, broke coconuts, tasted spicy food, ate curry for lunch, did Mehndi patterns and learnt a new song and dance.”
Miss Semmelroth took pencils and two of the nursery school children’s favourite books to India.