After the first morning stretch we all got ready for a long and exciting day ahead! Team Shikshangram spent most of the day retrieving supplies for the pathway that we are implementing. Our design is well underway and for the next couple of days we will be labouring under the hot sun. Thankfully we have many little helpers eager to work with us side by side. The actual construction workers amaze us everyday, they wake up at 6am and continue to astonish us until about 8pm. They barely break a sweat, while we almost collapse from just taking a walk up the hill! We often look like exhausted pups panting in the shade. My mind is constantly racing for water, we are so unacostemed to this heat that its practically the only thing we talk about.
We often have mirages of pools in the distance or even winter coming early. You know youve gone absolutely mad when your praying for snow in May. With extreme temperatures come extreme storms. The growl of the thunder came without warning, gusts of wind flowed through shikshangram and the kids went wild, they were ready for what was coming next. We all waited in anticipation until finally the first drop poured down with millions following it. Then suddenly it was mayham, 7 year olds jumping off platforms into puddles, slipping and sliding in every direction, we all started dancing and feeling the rain. It had been weeks since the last drop of water, it came so fast and left within minutes. We were soaked through and through but had never felt better in our lives, our hearts were pumping and faces were red. My cheeks were hurting from my smiling so much! With a gran finale the express storm gave us a double rainbow show. The heat came back and we sat in absoloute content starring up at the colourful sky.