This has been the most life changing adventure of my life. There has been so much that we have already done and so many stories to tell I don’t even know where to start. I feel so lucky to be here in Jibhi, India. Before I begin I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me to get where I am right now. Every second I’m here I feel so grateful and excited for the next second that comes. Sometimes I still can’t believe that I’m actually here.  

These kids, and the people here have changed my perception on the whole world and even myself. The kids have the sweetest hearts and are so caring to all that come into their lives. The moment we walked up to our school you could tell in their big sparkling brown eyes that they have so much love to share with everyone. I couldn’t believe it could get any better, but every day we come back to the school they impress me more and more. They give us the biggest hugs that will leave a smile on your face for a life time and their laugh that will make you laugh along even if you don’t know why they are laughing . They love to give us high fives, say chicka-chicka-boom-boom in the funniest voices and yell MADDIE MADY MADDIE to both Maddie Portrey and I. Spending time with these kids and being here with YMAD has made me happier than I could ever imagine.

Today was another amazing day in Jibhi. The kids didn’t have school because it was a holiday, so we painted the walls in their classroom. Even though school was out, there were kids still waiting for us at the top of the hill. As we started painting they crowded around the windows of the classroom to see us. They later snuck in and I let Garav help paint one flower. Before I knew it there were ten kids with brushes painting away. These kids deserve the world and I’m so glad I get the opportunity to help as much as I can and learn so much from them. I feel like they are helping me just as much, if not more, to become a better person. 

The money some of you donated has made such an impact. Yesterday we got a whole truck full of chairs, matts, globes, sport equipment, and so much more for the kids. I can’t wait to see there smiles when we give them the things you helped to get. THANK YOU! 

The little things here are what have made this trip truly special. Getting away from all the technology and the fast pace life has made me realize the little things. The look in the kids eyes, the different smells, food, smiles and just really talking to people and getting to know the little quirks about each other. 

I miss everyone at home, but I want you to know I am happier than ever. I’m learning so much, and making life long relationships with the YMAD group and people here in India. I love you all to the moon and back. Think about the little things. ☺


Mady Eyre