Chamba Mamma, Gratitiude and other Random thoughts: Tricia Ely

Chamba Mamma, Gratitiude and other Random thoughts


This is my last time to blog and I have so many thoughts running through my mind. As our time here comes to a close, I am feeling so much gratitude for so many things. I am grateful for my lovely home and family.  I’m grateful for western toilets, fresh drinking water right out of our tap and our city garbage disposal system. I am grateful for Utah and all of it’s beauty. At the same time I am also grateful for the beautiful and exotic country of India and it’s simple and uncomplicated way of life.

The people here are warm and friendly and it’s the people that I will miss!


I am grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had to experience India with my husband Mike and my sweet daughter Rachael.


I am full of gratitude for the teenagers in my life.  I LOVE teenagers! I have had so much fun sitting around the bonfire each night and having long, heart to heart talks with them. I have grown to love all of these kids so much! They are smart, kind creative resilient and oh so funny! They are constantly making me laugh!


When I decided to come on this expedition I wasn’t really sure if these kids would want to spend their time with a 55 year old mom but they couldn’t have been more darling and fun to hang out with! They call me their Chamba Mamma and they always want a hug.


The kids on my village team were so adored by the sweet little school children. It was painful to watch them say their goodbyes today. They shared their love so freely that the school children were so attached after just seven teaching days. The children may not remember everything that they were taught but but they will always remember how these teenagers from America made them feel.


I am thankful for the new friendships that were formed this past year. Naomi, Amy, Brooke and Allison are dear to me and we will always share this memory of our shared experience.


My Yellow Team has been a blessing to me in so many ways. They are remarkable kids. Sarah, Preston, Staci, Thomas and Kimberly impressed me every single day. I am going to miss spending my days with them.


YMAD Operation Ashabadi will always hold a special place in my heart.